Ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana Officially Repealed in Florida
The ban on smokable marijuana was officially repealed on Monday, with Gov. Ron DeSantis signing a compromise bill that was passed by legislators last week. The prohibition on sales of smokable cannabis was enacted by lawmakers and former Gov. Rick Scott after voters legalized the medicinal use of cannabis with a constitutional amendment in 2016. The ban was challenged in court and declared unconstitutional. After taking office, DeSantis told lawmakers he would not continue to support the ban in an appeal of the ruling if it were not repealed by March 15.
“Over 70 percent of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016. I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for working with me to ensure the will of the voters is upheld,” DeSantis said in a tweet after signing the bill repealing the ban.
Under the repeal bill, medical marijuana patients will be permitted to possess up to four ounces of smokable cannabis. Smoking cannabis in public or in private businesses subject to the state prohibition on cigarette smoking will continue to be illegal, and terminally ill children under the age of 18 will only be allowed to smoke cannabis with the approval of two doctors including a pediatrician.