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Florida: Lawmakers Fail To Act On Medical Marijuana Legislation, Advocates Look To The Ballot

Florida lawmakers failed to take action this year on House and Senate legislation, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, which sought to enact statewide legal protections for qualified patients who consumed cannabis with their doctor’s authorization.

In fact, in the days after the bill’s introduction, police raided the home of Cathy Jordan — seizing the marijuana plants that she relies on to treat symptoms of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease.) Prosecutors eventually decided against taking further legal action against either Cathy or her husband. Nonetheless, NORML Legal Committee attorney Norm Kent has recently filed suit against Sheriff Brad Steube of Manatee County, Florida for his office’s actions in this matter.

Despite lawmaker’s failure to take action on this issue, public support in Florida remains strongly in favor of medical cannabis law reform. According to a February 2013 statewide poll, 70 percent of Floridians favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses.

As a result, prominent attorney John Morgan has announced an effort to place the issue before voters in 2014. You can learn more about this campaign and get involved here.


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