'Restrictive' Medical Marijuana Proposal Headed to House Floor

‘Restrictive’ Medical Marijuana Proposal Headed to House Floor

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A proposal to regulate Florida’s medical marijuana industry passed through its final committee stop Monday is now headed to the House floor, and it seems the measure only gets more and more restrictive as the weeks pass by. The House Committee on Health and Human Services passed the proposal, HB 1397 , sponsored by Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, by a vote of 14-4. Pro-medical marijuana activists see the measure as a big step in the wrong direction for regulating medical cannabis in the Sunshine State and have routinely criticized the House proposal to regulate the state’s booming medical marijuana industry. Meanwhile, anti-drug groups have thrown their weight into the measure, saying tight restrictions are necessary to prevent widespread abuse of the state’s newest prescription drug. The bill would create many limitations on medical pot in Florida and h as been criticized by patients and advocates for being far too rigid to provide relief to so many suffering Floridians. Not only would smokable cannabis be banned, but patients would also be barred from buying more than a 90-day supply of marijuana, edibles would be off-limits and “vaping” would only be allowed for terminal patients. A new proposed committee substitute on the bill would stuff even more restrictions into the proposal, banning patients from consuming medical marijuana from devices not purchased at medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) and prohibiting the use of medical marijuana by pregnant women, even if it was recommended by their doctor. Banning pregnant women from ingesting medical marijuana has been a top priority for the Drug Free America Foundation, an anti-drug group which has praised Rodrigues’ bill as a necessary measure to regulate medical pot in the Sunshine State. DFAF, backed by Republican mega-donor Mel Sembler, made headlines in 2014 and in 2016 for trying to squash […]

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