Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed Senate Bill 1030 into law, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposes.
The new law – which takes effect immediately – legalizes low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), high-CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis extracts for those with cancer, epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as long as they receive a recommendation from a physician. A small number of dispensaries where patients can purchase cannabis-based medicines will also be allowed.
In addition, the bill appropriates $1,000,000 in funding to the state’s Department of Health to be used exclusively for studying cannabidiol and its effects on “intractable childhood epilepsy”.
This November a much more expansive proposal – Amendment 2 – will be up for a vote. This initiative, which is a constitutional amendment, would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for medical purposes, and would authorize state-licensed cannabis dispensaries.
Polling from last month found that an overwhelming 88% of Florida voters favor the legalization of medical cannabis.