TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — People who use medical marijuana will likely soon be allowed to smoke it with the Florida legislature's announcement to repeal its previous ban.
SB 182 originally passed in the Senate, 34-4. It has since passed in the House 101-11.
It still needs the governor's signature.
The bill redefines the term "medical use" to include the possession, use, or administration of marijuana in the form of smoking, according to the Florida Senate website.
The bill restricts the smoking of medical marijuana in "enclosed indoor workplaces" and requires a "qualified physician" to determine if smokeable medical marijuana is necessary for patients.
Nikki Fried, Florida commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, gave the following statement:
“Today’s action to finally allow smokable medical marijuana brings four words to the lips of people across our state: it’s about damn time. I’m thankful for the House and Senate’s work to fix this situation and look forward to the Governor signing this much-needed legislation into law. It’s long past due that the State of Florida honored the will of the people and allowed doctors to determine their patient’s course of treatment.”
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