Judge: Florida retailers can sell smokable medical marijuana

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A Florida judge on Tuesday lifted a stay on smoking medical marijuana, opening up new revenue potential for the state’s MMJ businesses.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers upheld her May 25 ruling that the Florida Legislature’s provision banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional.

The stay will officially be lifted on June 11.

The judge wrote that delaying her ruling any further would create irreparable harm to patients.

The state’s health department had appealed Gievers’ original ruling, automatically putting her decision on hold.

Even with the stay being lifted, smokable medical marijuana will not immediately be available for sale at treatment centers.

That’s because the health department must develop rules for cultivation and distribution, which could take several months.

– Associated Press