Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Florida Senate

Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Palm Beach County Democrat Sen. Jeff Clemens has introduced Senate Bill 1250, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, that would allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis is pending before state lawmakers.

The proposal, Senate Bill 1250, seeks to establish a network of state-regulated dispensaries where qualified patients could obtain cannabis with a physician’s recommendation.

Qualified patients would also be able to possess up to 4 ounces of usable cannabis and grow up to 8 mature marijuana plants.

According to a February 2013 statewide poll, 70 percent of Floridians favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses.

Since 1996, eighteen states and the District of Columbia have approved legislation allowing for the use of cannabis therapy by qualified patients.

Medical marijuana bills are pending in many states this legislative session.