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Gov. Rick Scott Signed Bill Approving Medical Marijuana

27 June 2017

On Friday, Governor Rick Scott signed medical marijuana regulation legislation into law.

The Department of Health was tasked with regulating marijuana production and distribution centers in addition to setting qualifications regarding marijuana related treatment by July 3 after the State Legislature failed to pass a regulatory bill in May. He signed all four bills that passed during the special session.

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The new law outlines licensing for 10 new companies as growers by October, which would increase the statewide total to 17. Controversially, the legislation removes patients' ability to actually smoke medical marijuana, leaving them to rely on other methods of consumption such as edibles and tinctures. In a press statement Scott said earlier this month that he is glad that the Senate and House were able to come together on terms for the bill.

Medical marijuana is not reimbursable under the Florida Workers' Compensation Law. He applied for a medical marijuana card this year. Florida and national news outlets have already reported that legal challenges to the law are likely, specifically with respect to the prohibition against smoking marijuana.

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Previously he was seen with Trump's strategist Roger Stone, who is close to the Trump administration, and has acted as something of a medical marijuana ambassador - with the hope that it would be decriminalized under President Trump.

"I'll be in Tally soon to file my suit", Morgan tweeted soon after Scott signed the bill.

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Scott also signed another bill from the special session (HB 3A) boosting per-student spending in the state's main formula for funding public education by $100.