Florida Medical Marijuana Bills Stalled in Committee

Florida Medical Marijuana Bills Stalled in Committee

TALLAHASSEE, FL — A bill that would allow the medical use of marijuana in the Sunshine State appears stalled in a committee in the Florida Senate.

Senate Bill 1250, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, 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 has been assigned to the Health Policy Committee, but has yet to be scheduled for a hearing, despite recent polls showing over 70% of Florida voters, including 56% of Republicans, in support of medical marijuana legislation.

With Florida’s 2013 legislative session  approaching its halfway point, sponsors of the bill fear that the committee’s inaction could doom medical marijuana in the Sunshine State for at least another year.

“Shame on us as a Legislature for not taking the opportunity to hear this bill this year,” said Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation), sponsor of  a companion bill in the House, HB 1139. “At some point, I believe lawmakers are going to have to engage in this conversation and address the concerns raised by the medical profession, by law enforcement and by patients themselves.”

Rep. Edwards added that it’s only a matter of time before Florida recognizes medical marijuana, estimating that Florida will join the ranks of 18 other medical marijuana states, and the District of Columbia, within the next two or three years.

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.”

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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  • John in Tally

    This is a shame, the majority of Florida lawmakers don’t care or listen to their constituents. We want legal cannabis for our illnesses and ailments and we want it now.

  • Puff Prophet

    I, for one, am realy looking forward to this bill dying on the floor of the general assembly. With 70 % support of this bill in the general population, the people of florida are ready for this. When this dies, it will be a clear message to all florida voters that thrie elected officials do not reperesent their interests. The democratic party will use this as a rallying cry to inspire the younger voters (who were responible for obaas victory in this overwhelingly rebublican state) to sweep the incumbent republicans put of state office. Mark my words, if this dies, the rebuplicans loose a ton of seats in the house and senate of florida come 2014

  • Mouse

    We want legal cannabis for our illnesses and ailments and we want it now.

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  • kssmith407

    It’s simple. The people in office who vote against medical
    marijuana enjoy pain and suffering. They thrive off of the misery put on people
    locked in prison cells for using a natural plant for medicine. They love the
    idea of recreating drug dealers and violence in the streets as an excuse to further
    their reasons in keeping it illegal. They enjoy death to come to ill people who
    use deadly pharmaceutical drugs, which are far more harmful than marijuana.
    Once you accept that realization, understanding why this plant is a threat to
    these Demons in office is your perfect answer to why they despise marijuana
    becoming legal

  • Da Librarian

    Politics – Florida knows support for this continues to grow. Those lawmakers standing in the way risk their jobs. It used to be that support for medical marijuana (or decrim) was a death sentence for a political career. These elected officials really need to get on board and listen to the residents and VOTERS in Florida. I, for one, am really sick of this state being one of the states where only bad things make the news. It’s like a joke – “someone ate someone’s face – must have been Florida,” “someone shot someone else who was unarmed and carrying skittles, must have been Florida.” Let’s get ahead and show that there are some reasonable people in the legislature … if not, let’s get people in there who will listen to the majority of the residents. This is such a beautiful state; it would be nice to show our resident’s attitudes and feelings via a change in the law..

  • Prairie Dawg

    @ puff prophet i will vote for you

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.forester.92 Ron Forester

    There are people about to die, that could be saved. You need to get this passed as soon as possible …not next year… Every day you put this bill off, could result in the death of human being.. Just pass the bill, start caring about the people that need it …

  • Caliber44C

    EYE DISEASE REASON FOR CAPS
    IT IS VERY SIMPLE, IF THEY DO NOT FURTHER THE BILL, OR PASS IT, SEE EXACTLY WHO DENIED US, AND WHO VOTED AGAINST, OR STALLED THE BILL ANY FURTHER, AND VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, AND ELECT OFFICIALS WHO CARE ABOUT OUR SUFFERING AND WILL BE WILLING TO GIVE US MEDICINE THAT WORKS INSTEAD OF MEDICINE THAT DOES NOT !!! THE REASON FOR THE CAPS IS THAT I HAVE GLAUCOMA AND WANT TO KEEP MY EYESIGHT FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, BUT NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA WILL MAKE THAT IMPOSSIBLE !! THESE PEOPLE DON’T CARE, SO VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, THAT WILL SEND A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALL POLITICIANS, AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE LEGALIZED ALL OVER THE U.S. !! THE REASONS FOR IT BEING ILLEGAL IN THE FIRST PLACE ARE PREJUDICED AND FOR GREED BY THE ROCKEFELLERS IN THE 30’S, AND BECAUSE IT WAS USED BY BLACKS AND LATINOS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AT THE TIME !! THAT IS WHERE THE BELIEF THAT IS A BAD DRUG, AND CAUSES DEATH CAME FROM !!!
    LOOK UP THE HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS ON THE FBI, THE FIRST DRUG CZAR, AND ROCKEFELLERS OVER LOSING MONEY FOR WOOD PAPER INSTEAD OF HEMP !!! THEY HAVE KEPT UP THE LIES FOR OVER 80 YEARS, NOW MAKE THEM CLEAR UP THE LIES AND MAKE IT RIGHT !!! MARIJUANA HAS BEEN USED AS MEDICINE FOR OVER 5000 YEARS BECAUSE IT WORKS !!! SHAME ON OUR GOVERNMENT, FOR SHAME TO THEM ALL !!! LEGALIZE MARIJUANA FOR ALL, AND FOR ALL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !!!!

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