Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation in June to implement the medical marijuana amendment voters approved last year.
Amendment 2, which was approved by 71 percent of the voters in November, took effect on Jan. 3 and required that laws had to be in place by July 3 for how patients can qualify and receive the drug. The legislature has dragged its feet on implementing the law.
Patients who suffer from epilepsy, chronic muscle spasms, cancer and terminal conditions were allowed under laws Scott signed in 2014 and 2016 to receive either low-THC cannabis or full strength medical marijuana. This law expands the use and adds people with HIV and AIDS, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and similar conditions, but it does not allow the smoking of marijuana. John Morgan plans to sue the state on this issue.