It appears the Florida Legislature has finally reached a deal on how to implement the state’s medical marijuana program, with plans to remedy the issue this week during a three-day special session.
According to reports, a new medical marijuana bill, which has already been negotiated between the House and the Senate, is set to go before legislative forces starting on Wednesday. The goal is to make good on Amendment 2, which was approved last year by 71 percent of the voters, and put the state closer to providing medical marijuana for seriously ill Floridians.
Some of the latest predictions show that Florida’s medical marijuana program could service as many as 500,000 patients.
“Our constitutional duty is to ensure the availability and safe use of medical marijuana in the manner prescribed by Florida voters,” Senator Rob Bradley, who took the lead in the negotiation process, said in a statement. “This patient-first legislation will expand access to this medicine, while ensuring safety through a unified regulatory structure for each component of the process from cultivation to consumption.
“The bill will be consistent with the Senate goal of increasing the…