Florida medical marijuana deal unlikely to allow smokable flower

Florida lawmakers are working out a compromise to implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana, and any deal is unlikely to allow smokable MMJ as a form of treatment.

Smokable medical cannabis would help attract patients to the program and in turn bolster revenue for the state’s MMJ industry.

But Sen. Rob Bradley, an MMJ proponent and bill sponsor, told The News Service of Florida smokable flower is off the table.

“There is agreement between the majority of the House and Senate that the smoking of cannabis is not an act that is consistent with a healthy life and not consistent with consuming medicine,” he said.

Bradley did allow an amendment to be added to his bill (SB 406) that would limit MMJ business license holders to three dispensaries.

Marijuana advocates back that move because it would force lawmakers to award more licenses and expand the market while avoiding a monopoly-type situation.

Florida’s market is expected to become one of the largest in the nation. But just seven companies are currently licensed under the state’s CBD-focused program – and MMJ advocates want the number of MMJ licensees to increase beyond that.

The House and Senate must complete work by the Legislature’s May 5 end date. Then the health department has until July 3 to draft MMJ rules based on the Legislature’s plan.

5 comments on “Florida medical marijuana deal unlikely to allow smokable flower
  1. Tammy S on

    * “There is agreement between the majority of the House and Senate that the smoking of cannabis is not an act that is consistent with a healthy life and not consistent with consuming medicine,” he said.

    But, please…continue to smoke cigarettes and drink gallons of alcohol…all manufactured by our good friends in big business.

    Hypocrisy reigns.

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  2. Cactus Bill on

    There they go again. Ultra Con politicians owned by the liquor industry, doing their best to squash all initiatives for MMJ.
    So, in their opinion, a combat veteran with PTSD or a woman suffering from cancer chemotherapy is better off swilling whisky.
    Further, describing Adult Use MJ as “recreational” is terribly counter productive.
    Who decided that on that name?
    Bet you don’t know, huh?
    Are beer, wine or distilled spirits described as “recreational”? Of course not.
    Among the many uphill battles we must fight is to counter the alcohol industry’s thinly veiled battle against any and all legal MJ expansion.

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  3. clifton middleton on

    We need a Grand Jury to investigate and probably Arrest all of the legislators involved in this abomination for conspiracy to imprison and disenfranchise citizens for political gain and financial support. This is a rigged scam to thwart the will of the People.

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  4. Big Mike on

    The major opponents of Marijuana since the 1930’s have been big pharma and the liquor industry. Now all of a sudden law makers in Florida, West Virginia and Ohio (Among other states) say we need big pharma to produce medical marijuana because only they have the expertise to guarantee quality control. Not a single verifiable death in thousands of years would indicate quality control is not an issue. The only way to change this system is to vote opponents out of office.

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  5. Jonathan Freed on

    One state, one step, one in the South…Total victory with reasonable regulations is another step. The more states see the benefit in terms of tax revenue, reduction in minor drug offenders clogging up jails and prisons, reduction in the ranks of dealers (squashing the only true way MJ could be called any sort of gateway) – the more will sign on. With the weight of facts finally overcoming fantasy and Big Gov & Big Pharma’s fiction, the truth about the natural curative benefits will get start-up pharma companies in on the fast track and café growers might get a chance before Big Tobacco drops their scam and starts trying to monopolize this new lucrative market.

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