State Senate passes medical marijuana implementing bill

State Senate passes medical marijuana implementing bill

The medical marijuana bill can be added if it's re-introduced and garners two-thirds approval in either the House or Senate. House and Senate leaders might be divided on issues that forced them to return to the Capitol this week, but they're in agreement about pot.

"I think it will eventually get addressed because people will be angry if they don't", said Ben Pollara, executive director of Florida for Care, an organization that advocates for medical marijuana.

Scott and the House, however, have not gone along with increasing hospital funding during the special session. "It's not what we do", Corcoran flatly told reporters Thursday, putting put the House and Senate on a collision course. Nobody here wants to be sued because you know what?

"What I'm saying is that I'm bringing light and attention to what I consider to be a highly, highly problematic situation regarding HB 7069", Simmons told committee members before withdrawing the amendment and telling his colleagues he might bring it back up for a vote on the Senate floor.

Public schools will get enough to increase per-student funding by $100 the state's almost 3 million school children.

During the legislative session, lawmakers failed to provide a framework for implementing the expanded use and sale of medical marijuana under the constitutional amendment voters approved in November, angering those felt that inaction violated the will of voters who saw medical marijuana as a viable treatment for painful or difficult-to-treat maladies. It's now believed that in order for Scott to get funding restored for his priorities, the governor will sign the education reform legislation-giving both men what they want out of this special session.

State Sen. Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island: "On those minor disagreements, we have made great progress".




Renner defended the House proposal that would let the governor allocate money from the new trust fund for broad regional public safety or infrastructure projects, such as roads, airport runways and utilities.

Both bills now travel to the House.

The legislation also adds 10 more medical marijuana treatment centers, meaning there would be 17 statewide by October. Contracts over $750,000 would go before the Joint Legislative Budget Commission and could be voided within 14 days by the House speaker or Senate president.

The new deal would allow each marijuana operator to run up to 25 dispensaries throughout the state. The proposal would ban smoking medical marijuana, though it would allow vaping. The bill allows patients to possess a 70-day supply of marijuana, which can be used in any manner other than smoking it. The Pensacola native can receive low-THC cannabis under legislation passed in 2014 but would like to be able to use higher-strength medical marijuana and see more product variety than he has now.

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Scott's $410 million in line-item vetoes in an $82 billion budget passed last month "disproportionately" impacted the higher-education system.

"The bill will also further the work the Legislature has done over the past few years to pass legislation authorizing the medical use of marijuana and other developing medications for our fellow citizens who are suffering from serious medical conditions and illnesses", Negron said.

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