Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Assigned to Senate CommitteeBy Thomas H. Clarke | The Daily Chronic March 6, 2013
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) email@example.com
Senator Eleanor Sobel (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jeff Brandes (R) email@example.com
Senator Oscar Braynon,II(D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Anitere Flores (R) email@example.com
Senator Bill Galvano (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Rene Garcia (R) email@example.com
Senator Denise Grimsley(R)firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Arthenia Joyner(D) email@example.com
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.Cathy Jordan , Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act , Florida Cannabis Action Network , HB 1139 , SB 1250