In July, Governor Rick Scott signed into law a proposal that legalized the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of low-THC cannabis extracts for the treatment of cancer, epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This new proposal, Senate Bill 7066, would add multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, paraplegia, quadriplegia and terminal illness to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to purchase, possess and use cannabis-based medicines.
Senate Bill 7066 would also significantly increase the number of licensed producers and distributors of cannabis extracts.
In January, legislation (Senate Bill 528) to legalize medical cannabis – not just cannabis extracts – was filed in the state’s Senate, though it unfortunately has yet to gain much traction.
A separate proposal filed last month in the state’s Senate – Senate Bill 1176 – would legalize the possession, personal cultivation and distribution of cannabis for recreational purposes.