After an exhausting round of negotiations, the Florida Legislature finally managed to come to terms with a medical marijuana bill last week at the end of a three-day special session.
The measure, which was supported in a vote of 26-to-6 in the Senate and 103-to-9 in the House, is not set to go before Governor Rick Scott, who says he will “absolutely” sign it into law.
“They worked hard to get a bill that made sense. I think, in anything like this, there’s a process on how to make things better,” Scott told the Associated Press.
At the core of the bill, patients with 10 qualifying conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other, similar conditions, will be allowed access to cannabis products. These patients will have the freedom to choose between a low-THC version, which has been allowed for the past year under the Charlotte’s Web initiative, and full strength marijuana.
However, no smoking of cannabis will be allowed. Lawmakers in both chambers said from the beginning of the negotiation process that patients should not be allowed to…