Smokable medical marijuana case heads to court

Smokable medical marijuana case heads to court

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Trial is underway in a lawsuit against the state of Florida that is calling for the allowance of smokable medical marijuana for qualifying patients. Watch the latest from the courtroom: By: Mike Vasilinda | Capitol News Service May 15, 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A Bradenton woman who says her suffering from ALS disease is decreased because of smokable medical marijuana will get her day in court Wednesday. She and other plaintiffs are challenging the state’s ban on smokable medicine. As lawmakers debated the rules for medical marijuana, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was adamant. “We don’t think there should be smokable marijuana,” Gualtieri told lawmakers in January 2017. Fast forward five months and John Morgan, the man who bankrolled the amendment, filed his “No Smoke is a Joke" lawsuit. He argues people knew what they wanted. “The vast majority, if not 100 percent, knew that smoke was included,” Morgan told reporters. The constitutional amendment mentions smoking just once, saying smoking can’t be in public. In a January hearing, advocates argued that means it can be smoked in private. “There’s no question that the definition of marijuana in this constitutional provision includes smokable marijuana,” said Jon Mills, the Amendment 2 author. The state says otherwise. Rebecca Nordby, the attorney for the Department of Health said, “There is no express requirement that smoking medical marijuana has to be allowed.” Plaintiff Cathy Jordan and her husband Robert say that smoking marijuana has kept her ALS at bay for more than twenty years. “Noticeable difference,” Robert told us when it came to vaping or edibles. Jeff Sharkey of the Medical Marijuana Business Association says it will likely come down to what doctors recommend. “If the amendment didn’t say it was prohibited, then implicitly, it’s […]

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