Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has spoken out against the medical marijuana law and threatened to step in decisively if the legislature doesn’t amend that law to permit patients to smoke medical cannabis.
The Republican Governor wants the state to have a new law that puts an end to the ban on smokable marijuana and also loosen the restrictions on the licensing conditions for treatment centers. DeSantis wants this law by mid-March.
The Governor feels that Florida voters spoke clearly enough when they approved medical marijuana, so the legislators should pass legislation that is in line with the wishes of the people. A reported 71 percent voted to legalize medical cannabis in 2016.
DeSantis says that he will drop the state’s appeals against the rulings made regarding the smokable cannabis ban as well as the legal challenge to the licensing requirements. This step will leave the courts to make a binding decision that will compel the regulators to change the existing provisions of the medical marijuana law.
However, the Governor doesn’t want to use the judicial system to effect change. Instead, he would prefer to see the necessary changes made by the legislative arm of the state, but he will have no other choice if the legislators don’t do as required within a few weeks after the new session opens on March 5.
The appeals DeSantis refers to were launched by the previous Governor (Rick Scott) after a circuit court decided that the ban on smoking medical cannabis was unconstitutional. Scott is now a Senator and DeSantis replaced him as Governor.
DeSantis spoke during a media address with John Morgan, a personal injury lawyer who sued the state over the ban on smoking medical cannabis. Morgan remarked that the no smoking issue wasn’t a joking matter and that it will be overturned one way or the other.
In response, the new Republican legislative leaders in the Senate and the House promised to work with the Governor in order to secure the necessary changes to the medical marijuana law.
It is good to see that the Governor is exerting his weight in order to help patients to have as many different ways to consume medical cannabis as is possible. Actually, the smokable cannabis may be the most affordable option for many of those patients, so keeping it off the table may impose a financial strain on people who are already struggling with serious medical conditions. The entire marijuana industry, including Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTC: NUGS) and Youngevity International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI), supports the position taken by Governor DeSantis.
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