Medical Marijuana Bill Heading to Florida Governor

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Florida’s contentious medical marijuana legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida Senate approved a House version of a bill (HB 307) that expands the use of the Right to Try Act, allowing medical marijuana use for patients with terminal conditions. A similar measure, which allows all strengths and doses, didn’t pass last year.

The bill, which passed 28-11, also adds regulations to the framework of the state’s nascent cannabis industry covered by the 2014 Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. Most of the debate on the Senate floor dealt with concerns about the regulatory and economic structures.

Five dispensing organizations were selected in November to grow marijuana, but there have been administrative challenges. An additional organization won an administrative challenge last month due to a background check being wrongly disqualified.

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