State Republican Senator Jack Latvala is fighting the expansion of medical marijuana in the state. Florida voters will decide whether to kickstart the state’s fledging pot industry at the ballot box in November.
The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Tallahassee. After two years of waiting, patients throughout Florida will be able to get the drug, but there are new challenges ahead.
Orlando could become the latest Florida city to decriminalize up to 20 grams of marijuana possession. The move follows similar policies approved in South Florida and Tampa. Just two weeks ago though, a proposal to do the same in Leon County failed.
Medical cannabis legislation is heading to the Senate floor for the second time after a clash in committee. But time is running out for the proposal to gain passage in both chambers before session closes.
The House Health and Human services committee sent two measures to the floor that would’ve been unthinkable just a few years ago. The full House will now consider a needle exchange pilot program and a new medical marijuana proposal.
Families who qualify for Florida’s small medical marijuana program could soon have access to the drug by summer. It’s been nearly two years since the Florida legislature approved the use of a non-euphoric strain of marijuana for certain conditions.
It’s happening slowly, but the Legislature’s posture toward illicit drugs is shifting. But even as lawmakers revisit long-standing attitudes, supporters face significant hurdles in their effort to reinvent Florida policy.
It’s been tough sledding for Florida’s medical marijuana system. The Department of Health awarded five long-awaited licenses last year, but now it faces more than twice that many challenges. Agency officials updated senators on the program’s rollout this week.