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New Florida Legislation in 2017

Florida Capital
Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-02 16:19:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The new year means new legislation for the Sunshine State. Three laws and three constitutional amendments will be effective as of this week.

As of Sunday, only individuals 18 and older can buy over-the-counter cough suppressants.

The law applies to products like Delsym, Robitussin and Nyquil that have the ingredient "dextromethorphan."

Pharmacists say teens are using cough syrup as a gateway drug to hallucinate and feel drunk.

Supporters of the law say it will make sure the medicine is used for the right reasons, but critics worry the law will be an inconvenience for those who actually need the medicine.

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Starting Tuesday, medical marijuana can be used to treat a wider range of conditions.

Amendment 2 was passed by voters in November.

Medical cannabis will now be available in stronger doses -- and can be used to treat "debilitating" medical conditions. This includes HIV and AIDS, PTSD, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, among others.

The only way to get the medical cannabis is through a licensed physician who's completed the requirements to prescribe it.

In Tallahassee, commissioners moved to put a six-month hold on applications for new medical marijuana dispensaries.

The moratorium would also keep the two current ones in town from expanding products and services. A vote for final approval is set for January 25.