Gov. Ron DeSantis Says Smokeable Medical Marijuana Could Come In March

Gov. Ron DeSantis Says Smokeable Medical Marijuana Could Come In March

Orlando Attorney John Morgan, who filed the lawsuit challenging the ban on smoking medical marijuana, stood next to the governor at the Winter Park press conference.

Florida is weeding out a law preventing medical marijuana patients from legally smoking the plant, the state's newly-sworn Republican governor announced Thursday. "That is not good policy, so I'd like them to address that as well". "I want people to have their suffering relieved", DeSantis said. The state appealed that decision, leaving patients who smoke marijuana at risk of criminal penalties.

Mayor Garbriel Groisman of the Village of Bal Harbour, which also passed a similar resolution, said, "Gov. DeSantis is doing the right thing both by enforcing the laws of the State of Florida and by showing true moral leadership".

When asked whether federal laws against medical marijuana should be changed, DeSantis replied, "I think Congress should address this, but I'm confident that given other states that have gone down this road, anyone who's acting pursuant by the Florida Constitution is not gonna be harmed by the Department of Justice. Both leaders of the Legislature say they're gonna do it but, you know, if they don't we have the ability to dismiss this lawsuit as the Sword of Damocles hanging over their head". The regular session starts March 5.

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"I was the principal architect of our state's medical marijuana laws and I am here to confess that those laws need to change", said Panhandle Congressman Matt Gaetz.

"We thank Gov. DeSantis for his strong leadership in opposing the bigotry and antisemitism of the BDS Movement".

"And so I'm grateful we've got leadership in the DeSantis-Nunez administration that really for the first time is gonna put the patients and the will of the people first". "Many Senators share these concerns and have ideas they are interested in advancing, which include smokable forms of treatment". That law was struck down by a circuit court judge, who reasoned that because the amendment makes clear there is no right to smoke marijuana in public places it implies a right to smoke in private. House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami, also should get on board and get this done quickly. "He's listened to the will of the people - 71 percent - and the comments he's made have been so encouraging to me - that the people's will should be the most important".

Almost 170,000 medical marijuana patients in the state may soon have a new option for how they take their medicine; smoking.

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