Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

Florida May Get Second Chance on Medical Marijuana Rules in Special Session

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Florida lawmakers may get a second chance at establishing the state’s medical marijuana rules. On June 2, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation calling for the state legislature to reconvene for a special legislative session.

Although medical marijuana was not specifically mentioned in Scott’s proclamation, the Miami Herald has reported that lawmakers fully intend on addressing medical marijuana rules in the special legislative session.

At the heart of the issue is whether the legislature should impose limits on how many medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed in the state and who should own them.

During the regular session, lawmakers in the House wanted license holders to be able to own an unlimited number of medical marijuana dispensaries while members of the Senate wanted to impose a limit of 15 dispensaries per license holder.

The House eventually offered a compromise of 100 dispensaries per license holder, but time ran out of the session before any deals could be made. Speaking with the News Service of Florida, Sen. Bill Galvano said that lawmakers had yet to reach a deal on the issue.

“At this point, it’s where, from my knowledge, we’re still where we left off on the dispensary issue. I don’t have information that that’s changed at this point,” Galvano said. “We still want to try to get something resolved next week.”

The special legislative session is scheduled to take place from June 7 to June 9. If the legislature fails to pass its own medical marijuana rules, then the Florida Department of Health will develop the regulations.

William Sumner is a freelance writer and marijuana journalist located in Panama City, FL. Passionate about writing, William is dedicated to journalistic integrity and providing quality insight on current events. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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