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Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Assigned to Senate Committee

By Thomas H. Clarke March 6, 2013 Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Assigned to Senate Committee
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TALLAHASSEE, FL — A bill that would allow the medical use of marijuana in the Sunshine State has been assigned to the Health Policy Committee in the Florida Senate.

The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, SB 1250, would allow patients with certain qualifying medical conditions, or their officially designated caregivers, to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants.

It would also require the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

The bill is named in recognition of Cathy Jordan, president of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, who uses marijuana in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act now in the Senate’s Health Policy Committee. Florida residents are urged to contact committee members and tell them the importance of passing this legislation:

Senator Aaron Bean (R) bean.aaron.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Jeff Brandes (R) brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Oscar Braynon,II(D) braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Anitere Flores (R) flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Bill Galvano (R) galvano.bill.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Rene Garcia (R) garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Denise Grimsley(R)grimsley.denise.web@flsenate.gov
Senator Arthenia Joyner(D) joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov

A companion bill, HB 1139, has also been introduced in the House by Rep. Katie Edwards (D – District 98).

A recent poll found 70% of Florida voters, including 56% of Republicans, support medical marijuana legislation in the Sunshine State.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia allow patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana with recommendations from their physicians.

Lawmakers in 14 states, including Florida, have proposed medical marijuana legislation this year, and medical marijuana bills are expected to be brought forward in at least four additional states.

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  • Matthew Cunningham

    This is really good news, How ever my main concern is that you cant just say 8 plants or 4 oz. For instance today many people are finding very good results from Rick Simpsons Run from the Cure Hemp Oil recipe. To make this oil which requires one pound of dried Indica Bud to make just a few oz’s takes several plants and Indica plants are much smaller than its cousins sativa would require more than 8 small plants. In the 1936 American Pharmacopoeia on Cannabis tincture there are recipes for various cannabis medicine

    • ozzy

      u aint seen the plants on Youtube, both kinds produce multiple pounds on 1 plant uotdoors or in greenhouse

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  • http://twitter.com/_DJKiDCrush Joseph Torres

    It’s just a tree

  • Jamie

    Total ignorance to have a plant that has so many beneficial uses to be illegal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580445662 Linda Elizabeth

    What makes me sick is that hours after the news went out to the press, Cathy Jordan (the namesake of this bill) was raided by Manatee County sheriffs who took all of her medication. Such bullshit.

  • John Chase

    Yes. It’s time to get the patients out of the drug war.

  • DEA go away

    Wooo! its about time we get medical pot here, we are the biggest pill state and I think its about time we change that

  • ObayJuan

    I am in my later years and again facing cancer, from all that I have read, all that I have witnessed and all that I have experienced, this would be a God-send for those in need. Too bad it isn’t available yet. Please hurry.

    • ozzy

      try mmar .ca . I dont know if they ship to USA tho

  • Matt R.

    does anyone know the status of the bill right now?

  • J.S. DelGrego

    Why can’t Law Enforcement prosecute violent crimes instead of harassing medically ill patients? If we removed the drug dealers and regulated medicinal cannabis wouldn’t that take a bite out of crime? Congress needs to do it’s job and change the scheduling of cannabis. Cannabis isn’t like cocaine or heroin. Wake up and do the right thing American
    politicians!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636633047 Dave Wu

    EVERYONE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE THE NAMES OF WHO VOTES AND HOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500490427 Amy Cavanaugh

    we have one week to get the committees to hear the bill-i think it is shameful that when it is clearly the will of the people-politicians are digging in their heels and not even giving us the respect of discussing the merits of the bill-i believe with John Morgan’s involvement this will cost them seats in 2014

  • Kindhearted

    OxyContin is safe, but pot will kill us? 14 people a day die in Florida from oxy. Not to mention all the people that die in other states from pills taken out of floridas pill mills. 700,000 signatures is ridiculous. I just don’t think we will get that many signatures.

  • Rixxy24

    Love how were so stomped on we see regulation as a win! Freedom aint regulated folks its NOTHING THEY CAN GIVE US…..ITS OURS ALREADY WAKE UP AND JUST DO IT:-)

  • Rixxy24

    Op nailed it. Simpson oil (the medication) is made with SIXTEEN oz of dried bud indica so 8 plants is pathetic …..freedom or were fighting you .gov

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  • http://www.facebook.com/honeypots Loretta Hayre

    Makes me sick that 17 states have legalized this and why Florida dont want to is beyond me but to go into this ladies house and take her plants is total bullshit irritates me to no end people whom suffer from chronic pain and other medical problems that need medical canibus should be allowed to smoke it without worrying about being busted !!

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