Florida’s Senate Rules Committee has voted 11 to 1 to approve Senate Bill 7066, a proposal to significantly expand upon a medical cannabis bill passed by lawmakers in 2014. The measure has already been approved unanimously by the Senate Health Policy Committee, and with an 11 to 1 vote by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.
In July, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a proposal that legalized low-THC cannabis extracts for the treatment of cancer, epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Senate Bill 7066 would increase the number of qualifying conditions, adding multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, paraplegia, quadriplegia and terminal illness to the list. The proposal would also significantly increase the number of licensed producers and distributors of cannabis medicines.
In January, legislation to legalize medical cannabis – not just cannabis extracts – was filed in the state’s Senate (Senate Bill 528), though it has yet to advance.
Senate Bill 7066 is now up for a full Senate vote.