Legislature passes bill to repeal smokable medical marijuana ban
Tallahassee, Fl-A bill allowing medical marijuana patients to smoke their drug instead of using oils or tinctures is on its way to the governor for his signature.
The final vote in the House was 101-11. The Senate approved the same bill last week. This is the first bill approved during the 2019 legislative session.
And particular thanks to House Speaker @RepJoseOliva, Senate President @BillGalvano, Representative Ray Rodrigues @isayray and Senator @JeffreyBrandes for their leadership and hard work on this difficult issue.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 13, 2019
Voters approved medical marijuana in 2016. Lawmakers banned smokable forms of the plant in a bill signed by then-Gov. Rick Scott in 2017. The state was sued over the issue, and a judge declared the ban unconstitutional. Scott, now a Republican U.S. senator, appealed the ruling.
Governor Ron Desantis said in January that the current law doesn’t represent the will of the voters. He said he’d drop the appeal if lawmakers didn’t repeal it.