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Florida House passes medical marijuana implementing bill

Florida House passes medical marijuana implementing bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The state House of Representatives approved a bill 74-68 on its second reading Tuesday evening that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. When it passed, primarily along caucus lines in the House, it was created to cut oil tax credits, a key part of her caucus's plan to balance the state's budget.

Early on, Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues zigged to the right on his medical cannabis proposal-incorporating ideas from marijuana opponents and picking up hardliners in his chamber.

But he explains the House and Senate are still at odds over capping the number of storefronts a license holder can establish.

Giessel said the Senate version of the bill also hardens the state's minimum tax, but it allows companies producing new oil to take credits that would dip them below that minimum.

Some say it's a modest version of the original bill, which would've given workers 12 weeks of full pay. That bill, however, is unlikely to go any further this year.

Lawmakers are attempting to reach consensus on a plan to implement a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for patients with a broad swath of debilitating conditions. That bill originally passed the House in early April but didn't get a vote in the Senate. Previously, they were banned from using marijuana at all. Smith asks. "Maybe they're chasing those pills down with booze-who knows?" The bill no longer includes the disability reason.




"The next time there's a bad accident and the driver is under the influence of marijuana, will any of you be thinking, 'Wait a minute, did what we do ... with H.170 have anything to do with that?'" she said.

How many dispensaries the marijuana treatment centers are allowed to open remains the main sticking point between the two chambers.

"This gives every new father in Vermont the ability to take some time off without losing all their income to bond with the baby", says Rep. But the decision to limit licenses to just seven dispensaries has drawn comparisons -fair or not - to a drug cartel, where only a limited number of producers have a virtual monopoly on the medical marijuana market in their respective regions.

"HB 1397 puts profits over patient access", Florida for Care executive director Ben Pollarasaid in a statement. The Senate will start considering the bill on Wednesday. "Prices will be high, quality will be low, and choices will be few".

"A lot of the House bill reflects a lot of the things you've seen in the Senate bill", Bradley told reporters late Tuesday.

With four weeks remaining in the regular legislative session, we are working quickly to meet deadlines and craft the budget before we adjourn for the year.


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