Florida Legislation Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

A Florida bill would legalize medical marijuana in the state, effectively rejecting the federal prohibition on the same.

Introduced by State Sen. Jeff Brandes, Senate Bill 528 (SB528) would set up a state regulatory regime that would allow medical marijuana to make its way into the hands of the sick, something that a current federal law says is illegal.

Under SB528, qualified patients would be allowed to use medical marijuana obtained from licensed dispensers. Qualifying conditions under SB528 include, but are not limited to, cancer, HIV, AIDS, epilepsy, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

The bill also states it would be a misdemeanor for a physicians or patient to fraudulently claim the patient has a qualifying condition to use medical marijuana.

The state of Florida is on the cusp of establishing a sane and rational marijuana policy. Last year, 57.6 percent of Florida residents voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that would have legalized medical marijuana. Although the initiative failed because a 60 percent supermajority was needed for it to pass, it still shows that there is a growing and undeniable majority of people supporting drug policy reform in the Sunshine State. Expanded access to marijuana will soon be a reality in Florida, regardless of the cruel deceptions and fearmongering from the prohibitionists. 

Making marijuana more readily available to medical patients means that federal drug policy is harder to enforce. That is why measures like SB528 are so important. Florida has a prime opportunity to take another bite out of marijuana prohibition. The feds are already beginning the process of giving up. Support SB528 to hasten the demise of the destructive drug war. 

TAKE ACTION 

In Florida: Contact your state legislators, and urge them to co-sponsor and support this important bill. You can find their contact information by clicking HERE

All Other States: You can still work to fight cannabis prohibition in your state. Call your state legislators and urge them to introduce a bill that fights cannabis prohibition such as our P.E.A.C.E. Act. You can find their contact information HERE.