March 31st, 2017, 08:24 PM
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The State Butchers Cannabis Law That Won Popular Vote for Big Pharma
State Denies the People's Will, Butchers Cannabis Law That Won Popular Vote for Big Pharma
In a stunning rebuke to the will of the people, Florida lawmakers are attempting to butcher the voter-approved medical cannabis initiative that passed in November 2016 with 71 percent approval. The Florida House Health Quality Subcommittee, being compelled to produce a bill, voted 14 to 1 to advance House Bill 1397, which now moves to House Appropriations Committee. |
Critics were quick to point out the highly restrictive nature of this bill, which is a reflection of the many lawmakers on the panel openly opposed to medical cannabis.
The bill would prohibit the smoking of medical cannabis and cannabis products, and would ban edible products entirely. Patients could not vape medical cannabis unless they are terminally ill, leaving them to rely on topicals and pills. The bill would maintain a requirement that patients and doctors must have a 3-month relationship before medical cannabis can be prescribed.
The bill would also direct the Department of Health to grant far fewer licenses to grow, process and distribute medical cannabis – in stark contrast to a Senate proposal that would nearly quadruple the current number of licensed producers.
“This proposal undermines and contradicts the Constitution, the will of 71 percent of Floridians, and would impose significant, arbitrary barriers to patient access,” said Ben Pollara, executive director of Florida for Care, which spearheaded the constitutional amendment.
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Gotta love it. Big pharma and the Florida government. Gotta keep those dying baby boomers chowing down all of that government subsidized, big pharma poison. God forbid they grow their own "medication". We all know the dangers of plants.