Governor Ron DeSantis wants ban on smokeable medical pot ended

Newly sworn-in Gov. Ron De Santis speaks during an event at the Freedom Tower where he named Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court

The newly-sworn-in Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, said yesterday that his state will take action against online holiday rental company Airbnb for removing listings in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. He got right to the heart of the issue, saying "Who am I to judge?" whether patients should smoke marijuana. DeSantis said. "I want people to be able to have their suffering relieved". However, directly afterward, then-Governor Rick Scott filed an appeal, preventing flower sales from moving forward until the appeal was resolved. Efforts were led by Morgan to get the medical marijuana constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot. "And it's my judgment that what the Florida Legislature has done to implement the people's will has not done it in accordance with what the amendment envisioned".

Governor DeSantis has said he will drop the appeal if the Legislature doesn't change the law to allow smoking by mid-March.

"They created a cartel essentially", said DeSantis.

The annual legislative session begins March 5. He also reserved the right to drop other high profile lawsuits, which include bans on growing your own medical marijuana and caps on the number of growers.

"When you distill it and concentrate it, you lose some of the properties and you also increase the strength, which is not always a positive thing", Davis said. The state Legislature then appealed that decision.

DeSantis said the current law doesn't reflect the will of voters and that it's not up to him what form of marijuana patients use to treat debilitating illnesses.

DeSantis also said he wants the amended law to address licensing limits that are also subjects of lawsuits.

Appearing Monday at a press conference in Miami-Dade County to name Judge Robert J. Luck to the Florida Supreme Court, DeSantis said his medical-marijuana announcement would deal not only with "the litigation" but also with "legislation that I think is needed to implement the people's will". This law required a super-majority vote of at least 60 percent to successfully pass, and 71 percent voted yes. Those regulations ban medical marijuana users from smoking pot, however, forcing patients to use alternative forms, like pills and oils, and spurring the lawsuit put on hold later Thursday.

"Hardening our schools' security protects our students and the Governor's commitment will help make this possible".



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