Florida’s plans allowing certain patients to use low-THC marijuana are in limbo after a recent court ruling. An administrative judge threw out many of the Department of Health’s proposed rules Friday.
Florida’s so-called Charlotte’s Web law directs the Department to have a distribution framework in place by January 1 next year. But Florida Medical Cannabis Association Lobbyist Ron Watson says after Friday’s ruling, the chances of meeting that deadline are increasingly slim.
There’s been more than a little grumbling from some quarters about Amendment Two failing to pass despite garnering support from the majority of voters. But there are some pretty good reasons for requiring a supermajority.
Back in 2006, Florida voters passed a measure called Amendment 3. It raised the threshold for passing ballot initiatives in all future elections from the simple majority of 50 percent-plus-one to supermajority of 60 percent. Supporters at the time argued the ballot initiative process was being taken over by special interests.
Florida voters overwhelmingly said yes to a dedicated funding source for land conservation and no to giving governors more power over the judiciary. Another high-profile amendment fell just shy of what it needed to bring medical marijuana to Florida.
Nearly half the states have legalized marijuana either for recreational or for medicinal purposes, but Florida isn’t one of them.
“At the end of the day, Florida voters said no, we don’t want this codified in our constitution, we don’t want these loopholes, we don’t want this amendment," says Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.