"I commend them for their diligence on this issue". The Florida Legislature is reviewing the governor's suspension of Israel. SB 182 is the first bill of the 2019 Legislative Session sent to the Governor's desk. "I want people to be able to have their suffering relieved". "Both the House and the Senate agreed that the proper way to respond to this was for the legislature to address it via legislation, rather than just yielding it to the courts and to a judicial decision".
"This is a hard issue, and you're going to have people on both sides; some that are happy that now this is available to them and others that feel that we didn't go far enough", House Speaker Jose Oliva said after the vote. The state was sued over the issue, and a judge declared the ban unconstitutional. My encouragement to you is to vote your conscience, but what I would say is this: "This bill is important because if we do not pass this bill, then the guardrails that we could place around smokable medical marijuana will not exist", Rodrigues said before Wednesday afternoon's House vote.
Another participant who doesn't identify as a Democrat or Republican said this: "I suspect the majority on the Florida Supreme Court will easily find grounds to overturn precedent by saying the previous court erred in saying the educational system with vouchers was not uniform and point also to the wide variety of tax credit scholarship programs that have emerged in Florida since that ruling indicating much more widespread use and acceptance of vouchers".
In the social media post, the governor gave a shout-out to House Speaker José Oliva and Senate President Bill Galvano, as well as bill sponsors Rodrigues and Sen. I personally don't believe that there probably is. "Which is why I had reservations about that [and] I still have them now".
State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) says the bill is not ideal, but he feels it's much better than original medical marijuana legislation passed two years ago that banned smokable cannabis. It would not be available to anyone under the age of 18 unless the patient is terminally ill and if two doctors, one of them a pediatrician, say it is the most effective form of treatment.
The legislation would allow patients to buy up to two and a half ounces of medical pot during a 35-day period from state-authorized operators and possess up to four ounces at any given time.
"There are some hurdles that need to be overcome; there is a little bit of government red tape that I would prefer not be there", said Smith. "Many of us feel like we got it right". "I support this legislation, so that cannabis patients and their doctors can decide whether it is right for them to smoke their medicine", said Smith.
It's unclear how long it will take for smokable pot to become available to patients.
But if DeSantis were to drop the lawsuit appeal, Rodrigues said, there would be no rules guiding smokable medical marijuana.