Florida Takes A Shot At Medical Marijuana Again

medicalmarijuana_16297.jpgBut Clark is not satisfied with the legislation that moved through the committee. She disputes language that says patients must exhaust all other treatments before turning to medical cannabis. “We’ve done that and it’s left my daughter crippled, on a feeding tube, and I have millions of dollars in medical bills from trying all those things,” Clark told WCTV outside the hearing.

Clark also argues the state needs to allow higher levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, or the drug won’t help patients like her daughter.

“There are just some flaws that need to be corrected in the bill that we passed,” sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley said to the committee as they considered the measure Tuesday. The new bill expands the list of illnesses for which medical marijuana can be used. The new list includes HIV, epilepsy, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Importantly, Bradley told the committee, it also establishes a time frame to issue those licenses, to speed up the process and get help to people in need.

The legislation also quadruples, to 20, the number of dispensing organizations allowed across the state. A voter referendum last fall to legalize marijuana in Florida failed. Supporters say they plan to put the issue on the ballot again in 2016.

To read more, visit http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Florida-Tries-Again-on-Medical-Marijuana-298235241.html

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