Florida Senate votes to repeal ban on smokable medical marijuana

Florida Senate votes to repeal ban on smokable medical marijuana

The Florida Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to remove a ban on smokable forms of medical marijuana.

Florida senators voted 34-4 to remove the ban, which currently only allows patients to use cannabis oils and baked goods, The Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2016 with 71 percent support. But the following year, state lawmakers passed measures to ban the sale of smoking products, saying that patients could use medical marijuana through other methods, such as vaping, food and oils.

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A Florida judge last May ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers wrote in her ruling that residents “have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for treatment of their debilitating medical conditions as recommended by their certified physicians.”

State Sen. Rob Bradley (R), who sponsored the previous law banning smoking medical marijuana, told the newspaper that it was “time to move on.”

“We did what we thought was right for the health of the people of the state of Florida,” Bradley said.  “It’s time to move this discussion from Tallahassee to doctors’ offices around the state.”

Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars | Trump stirs questions with 0 drug coupon plan On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Florida to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, bars MORE (R), who took office in January, told lawmakers that he would not appeal the decision if the state legislature passed a new law by March 15, the newspaper noted.

The bill now heads to the Florida House for consideration.

DeSantis's office did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.