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Florida House passes medical marijuana implementing bill

Florida House passes medical marijuana implementing bill

It was approved by the Democrat-controlled body Tuesday.

On the first day that most lawmakers spent in Olympia since the special session began on April 24, the House and Senate both spent time approving bills they already passed, sometimes by large minorities, but the other chamber didn't.

Lawmakers are attempting to reach consensus on a plan to implement a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for patients with a broad swath of debilitating conditions.

Till spoke out against the amendment, saying the 1 percent tax was a "completely off-the-cuff number" that was not reviewed.

The number of medical marijuana growing licenses will increase by 10 before July of next year.

Another pair of bills that would limit how much freestanding emergency care facilities can charge for services have been left pending in their respective Senate and House committees.

The bill (HB 1397) grants licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana to the next-highest-scoring nurseries from the state's 2015 licensing process that have not yet been given a license. He said it's a balancing act to fulfill the wishes of Florida voters while not violating federal law.

"To be honest, I was surprised that folks who had those concerns didn't come today to vet them because they would have had the opportunity to do that", said Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, after the meeting.

"Would we rather have them use risky prescription drugs ... or would we prefer that they smoke a bowl and go to sleep and actually wake up the next morning?"

Although the latest limitations are discouraging, they have nothing on one particular snag tucked inside the bill that will undoubtedly ensure that patients are not accessing the herb as easily as originally envisioned. "That's not our business, members".

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"I think we made it better", Capriglione said.

"If you receive these benefits from your employer, you're one of the privileged few", Stevens said. The approved measure would allow each existing dispensary to open two more locations.

"I'm willing to sit down and talk to anybody to resolve the tax issue and school finance", said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka.

Some say it's a modest version of the original bill, which would've given workers 12 weeks of full pay.

"We're somewhat masking the pain with 'I don't know where the cuts will be, let the JBC work that out; I don't know where the cuts will be, but I'm sure we won't endure any pain from those cuts, because, after all, our budget is rising, '" Kagan said.

Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, is the second of a popular package of ethics bills to be passed by both chambers.

"It not only maintains, but strengthens the cartel system of licensed marijuana growers in Florida", Pollara said in a statement. "Patients will be driven to the black market".

Colorado's new highway bill got a warm reception Wednesday from the same Republican-led committee that dropped a bomb on the issue last week.

"A lot of the House bill reflects a lot of the things you've seen in the Senate bill", Bradley told reporters late Tuesday.

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