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Florida legislature passes bill for smokable medical marijuana

A new bill in Florida's legislature would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana
Posted: 7:13 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 23:13:37Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new bill in Florida's legislature would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana.

It's passed the House and Senate, all that's left is for Governor Ron DeSantis to sign the bill into law.

DeSantis gave a March 15 ultimatum to the legislature, saying if they didn't pass their own bill, DeSantis would drop the state's lawsuit.

That lawsuit challenges a ruling by a judge, who said the state's ban on smoking marijuana was unconstitutional.

"It's very encouraging exciting that patients across the state that they will have access to and additional form or route of medical marijuana and it's going to give another tool in the tool box to physicians and patients to discuss the options if the other treatments have failed," said Doctor of Pharmacy Cameron Vance, Registered Pharmacist with Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers of Florida.

After DeSantis signs the bill, three things have to happen.

First, the Department of Health has to develop rules for packaging.

Second, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine has to develop a consent form to outline risks.

And third, they have to set a mechanism in place to make sure patients have access to the final process.