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Medicinal marijuana bill to be re-filed in Florida

Even though a study came out showing that seven out of 10 Florida residents support marijuana being legalized, it appears the bill that could have led to legalization will not go before the Legislature this session. However, Rep. Katie Edwards, who sponsored the bill, said she will re-file the bill during the next session. She believes it is only a matter of time before medicinal marijuana is legalized in the state.

Despite the bill not being given a committee hearing during this session, Edwards points to the positives, saying awareness was brought to the fact that marijuana is successfully being used in other states to treat pain from certain types of diseases, such as cancer and epilepsy.

So far there are 18 states in the U.S. that allow marijuana for medicinal use. States such as Colorado and Washington have also legalized it for recreational purposes.

Looking to the future though, even if the bill is passed in Florida, it should be noted this would be for medicinal purposes only. Only certain diseases would qualify as a reason to be prescribed marijuana and the prescription would have to be made by a doctor or doctor's assistant.

What this means is that if someone was caught with marijuana -- who did not have proper clearance -- there would still be the same consequences as there are now. Even if caught with less than 20 grams, charges would still be pressed.

But what do you think of legalizing marijuana in Florida? Should it be only for medicinal purposes? Or should Florida takes cues from other states and legalize marijuana for recreational use too?

Source: The News Herald, "Florida medical marijuana legislation fails to advance," Matthew Beaton, April 1, 2013

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