Even though medical marijuana passed by a historic margin in Florida last month, that doesn’t mean state legislators are going to rush to implement the new law. Rather, it will likely be the opposite, with lawmakers dragging their feet.
A whopping 6 million voters supported legalizing MMJ at the ballot box, but establishing industry regulations and licensing cannabis businesses “is not a top priority for the newly elected leaders of the legislature,” the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday.
But that doesn’t mean the bill will get traction, and the Florida MMJ industry is going to have to rely on lawmakers to pass implementation legislation that would set up a workable regulatory system for businesses before they can move forward.
The Florida Department of Health will begin writing industry rules on Jan. 3, as mandated by Amendment 2. But the same agency took more than two years to implement a CBD law approved by the legislature in 2014, the Times noted.