Gov. DeSantis wants ban on smokeable medical pot ended

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis smiles during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

WINTER PARK, Fla. (WFLA/AP) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing to end a state ban on smokable medical marijuana.

DeSantis announced Thursday that he’s asking the Legislature to repeal a provision in Florida’s medical marijuana law that prohibits smokable forms of the plant.

If it doesn’t do so by mid-March, he said he will drop an appeal filed under his predecessor, now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, that seeks to keep the ban in place.

In 2016, more than 71 percent of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing medical use of marijuana. Since then, the Republican-dominated Legislature has been criticized for the way it’s implemented the amendment in state law.

DeSantis said the current law doesn’t reflect the will of voters and that it’s not up to him what form of marijuana patients use to treat debilitating illnesses.

Christopher Cano, Executive Director of the Central Florida Chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said this is a step in the right direction. 

“It’s about time,” Cano said.

“The method of ingestion for someone utilizing medical marijuana should be between them and their doctor, not the state legislature.”

Cano said he hopes this means more changes to the heavily regulated industry, such as worker restrictions.

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