Florida MMJ Bill Sputters Out

An effort in the Florida state legislature to legalize medical marijuana there has failed, says a key lawmaker.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R.-St. Petersburg) sponsored a bill that had momentum and support from the 2014 push to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Many Floridians hoped, after the initiative failed to pass (Florida state law requires a 60% majority when an initiative involves a constitutional amendment), that state lawmakers would heed the will of the majority and pass a medical bill this session. Sen. Brandes stated last week, though, that the measure has stalled.

He promised to continue working on the issue in the 2016 legislative session, and stated that he also hopes to accelerate the implementation of a CBD-only bill that has been signed into law but has been slowed by administrative hurdles.

Speaking with the Brandenton Herald, Brandes said: “The best plan for us is to work on it over the summer, talk to experts in the field, come back with a bill that is well-thought-out, well-researched and is something that is the right thing for Florida.”




Photo Credit: Steven Schwartz

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