Florida Governor Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Into Law

By Drug Policy Alliance

(Photo: ACLU-WI.org)
(Photo: ACLU-WI.org)

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a bill aimed at reforming the practice of civil asset forfeiture, following unanimous passage in both the House and Senate.

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The bipartisan unanimity of passage in both chambers was driven by a diverse and disparate coalition of law enforcement and reform advocates, including the Drug Policy Alliance, which retained attorney Ron Book to lobby on their behalf for the legislation, the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Florida Association of Police Chiefs, Americans for Forfeiture Reform, the Florida ACLU, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Institute for Justice, the James Madison Institute and the Grover Norquist-led, Americans for Tax Reform.

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Florida Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

floridaFlorida Governor Rick Scott has officially signed House Bill 307 – the Right to Try Act – into law. The measure allows those with terminal illnesses who receive a recommendation from a physician to use cannabis for medical purposes. The proposal explicitly allows for the use of the whole cannabis plant, and not exclusively cannabis oil, and establishes a system of dispensaries to distribute the medicine.

The bill was passed by the state’s House of Representatives with an overwhelming 99 to 17 vote on March 3rd, which was quickly followed by a 28 to 11 vote in the state’s Senate on March 7th. Governor Scott signed the measure into law on March 24th.

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Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Florida’s Senate Rules Committee

Florida’sflorida 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.

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Florida Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Medical Cannabis Bill

Florida’s floridaSenate Health Policy Committee voted 8 to 0 Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 7066, a proposal to greatly expand upon a medical cannabis bill approved by state lawmakers – and signed by Governor Rick Scott – in 2014. The bill has already been approved by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.

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). 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 and use cannabis medicines.

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Federal Court of Appeals Rules Florida Welfare Drug Testing Law is Unconstitutional

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously that Florida’s welfare drug testing law, championed by Governor Rick Scott, is unconstitutional. The court concluded that there’s nogavel evidence to explain why it’s necessary to force individuals seeking funding through the Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) program to submit to unreasonable search in order to receive aid. The court suggested that the policy plays on stereotypes.

“We have no reason to think impoverished individuals are necessarily and inherently prone to drug use, or, for that matter, are more prone to drug use than the general population,’’ the court said in its ruling. To the contrary, the court cited a study from 2000 which showed that recipients of TANF are actually less likely than the general public to use illegal drugs.

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Florida Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed Senate Bill 1030 into law, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposes.floridamed

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.

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Florida Legislature Approves Medical Cannabis Measure, Sends it to Governor

Florida’s Senate gave final approval today to Senate Bill 1030, a measure to legalize medical cannabis extractsapproved, sending it to Governor Rick Scott, who stated yesterday that he will sign it into law once given the chance.

The new law legalizes cannabis extracts – such as oil, tinctures and lotions – for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. The extract must contain less than 0.8% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and a handful of dispensaries will be authorized to distribute the medicine.

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Florida House Approves Medical Cannabis Measure, Governor Announces His Support

Florida’s House of Representatives has voted 111 to 7 in favor of Senate Bill 1030, a measure to legalize medical cannabis extracts. The proposal was approved by the Senate on Thursday with a 36 to 3 vote.florida

After the super-majority vote in favor of the measure in the House, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that if the measure gets to his desk, he’ll sign it into law, an announcement that surprised many given his staunch anti-cannabis opinions. Senate Bill 1030 was altered slightly in the House, so it will be up for one more Senate vote – expected Friday – before heading to Governor Scott.

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Florida Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Medical Cannabis Bill

Florida’s Senate, with a 36 to 3 vote, has approved Senate Bill 1030, a measure to legalize medical cannabis extracts such as oil and tincture. A companion measure has been approvedflorida by the House Appropriations and Judiciary Committees.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 1030, and its companion measure House Bill 843, would allow those in the state who receive a recommendation from a physician to legally possess and use low-THC cannabis extracts for medical purposes. If the full House signs on to the change, which they’re expected to do, the measure will go before Governor Rick Scott, who can either sign the bill into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it.

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