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Florida Will Be The Next State To Legalize MMJ

Florida Will Be The Next State To Legalize MMJ

After years of tension between the states and the federal government, Congress quietly voted in December to end federal drug raids on medical marijuana facilities in states where MMJ has been legalized.  This was an important step in the process to legalizing medical marijuana nationwide. Twenty three states and DC have already legalized MMJ and/or recreataional marijuana, with another 13 states currently hammering out ballot measures for the upcoming elections.  Here is why Florida is poised to be state number 24. There Is Already A Law on The Books On June 16, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014” (Senate Bill 1030) into law.  This Act allows for low-THC strains of Cannabis such as Charlotte’s Web to be prescribed by certain physicians and to be used by patients only for certain seizure conditions for which there is no effective alternative treatment. While this law was passed last summer, implementation has been mired in red tape.  Growers and distributors have not yet been established.  In fact, the Marijuana Policy Project does not, at this time, consider Florida to be a medical marijuana state. A State Constitutional Amendment Nearly Passed in 2014 The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2, was narrowly defeated on November 4, 2014.  The measure required 60% voter approval but just missed the mark with 58% of the vote Opponents of the amendment called it de facto legalization of marijuana.  They pointed out various loopholes that would have allowed people access to cannabis who would not necessarily be using it for medical purposes, and others such as teenagers and drug dealers who...