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Lawmakers Give Greenlight To Smokable Medical Marijuana

Alejandro Forero Cuervo

State Lawmakers beat the deadline given to them by Gov. Ron DeSantis today(Wednesday) and sent him a bill that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana.

If they hadn’t, DeSantis said he would have allowed the courts to remove the ban on smoking, House Sponsor Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Fort Myers) wanted to avoid that.

"This bill is important, because if we do not pass this bill then the guard rails that we have placed around smoking of medical marijuana will not exist," said Rodrigues.

Now with the smoking ban lifted, lawmakers will turn to other medical marijuana issues. Bills filed in both chambers address decriminalization, affordability and dismantling the current vertical integration system.

Among the passage of the bill WFSU's Tom Flannigan and Blaise Gainey spoke about the details on Capitol Report.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.