New medical cannabis research program launches in Florida
TechCrunch, August 26, 2018The Florida Department of Health is launching a new medical cannabis program, but it’s unclear how much money will be available for patients.
The program’s launch comes after the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill in March that would legalize the drug for recreational use.
The bill would have allowed people over 21 to use up to a half ounce of medical cannabis per month, and if that were to be purchased in the state, it would have been taxed at up to $100 per ounce.
The Florida Board of Pharmacy has yet to make a final decision on the bill, which has garnered attention from lawmakers as a possible model for other states considering legalization efforts.
Medical cannabis is currently illegal under federal law.
However, some states have tried to legalize it through a process called “compassionate use,” which allows doctors to prescribe cannabis oil and other products to people with a severe or chronic illness.
However this legislation would not allow physicians to recommend or recommend to patients that they use cannabis for any medical purpose, such as to help with seizures, PTSD, or chronic pain.
As a result, many patients with severe medical conditions, such the one in Florida, would be forced to rely on a limited supply of cannabis oil from the state pharmacy.
“The Florida Board does not currently have an effective regulatory process in place for dispensing medical cannabis products, which is why we have not taken this step yet,” the department said in a statement.
“However, we are working with the state legislature to establish a program that would allow patients access to medical cannabis as a way to alleviate their medical needs.”
In addition to medical, recreational marijuana sales are currently limited in Florida.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida since 2013.
The state was one of only two states in the country that allowed medical cannabis for recreational purposes before the law went into effect.
In April, Gov.
Rick Scott signed a bill that allowed for medical cannabis dispensaries to sell cannabis products in the Sunshine State, including medical cannabis oil.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokesperson for the Florida Department, which oversees the state medical cannabis system, did not respond to the request for information about the new program.
The department’s announcement comes as lawmakers continue to debate the bill that would become Florida’s first recreational marijuana law.
The House passed the bill last week, and the Senate passed the legislation last month.
The legislation would allow individuals to possess up to two ounces of medical marijuana at any one time, and would also allow those with a certain debilitating condition to use it for up to an ounce.
It would also create a program to train people in how to safely consume cannabis oil for recreational cannabis use, which would also require people to undergo a doctor’s approval before they could use it.
In March, lawmakers approved the first legislative budget that passed the state Legislature in five years, which was an $18 million budget.
The budget included $4 million for the medical cannabis initiative, which passed by a margin of just over 50 votes.