Judge Rules Florida’s Ban on Smoking Medical Cannabis is Unconstitutional

A Circuit Court judge in Florida has ruled that the state’s ban on smoking medical cannabis – enacted by the legislature – is unconstitutional.

In 2016 Florida voters overwhelmingly passed an initiative that legalized medical cannabis through a constitutional amendment. The law allowed marijuana to be consumed through various methods, including smoking it. However, the following year the legislature enacted a ban on smoking medical cannabis, requiring patients to consume it through other means such as tincutres and topicals.

People United for Medical Marijuana and two patients challenged this ban in court, arguing that the amendment’s language only mentions smoking in public, meaning that patients should be allowed to smoke in private. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, arguing that the ban is unconstitutional.

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Voters in Miami Beach, Florida, Strongly Approve Medical Cannabis Resolution

Voters in Miami Beach, Florida, were asked during Tuesday’s election whether or not they support medical cannabis legalization; 64% voted in favor of the resolution, which calls on the State of Florida, as well as the federal government, medcannabisto end prohibition on medical cannabis. The resolution polled higher than the winning mayoral candidate.

This victory is seen as a huge burst of momentum for the group People United for Medical Marijuana, which is currently working on putting a statewide medical cannabis legalization initiative on the ballot next year.

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