Medical Marijuana Has Arrived in Florida, More to Come

By: Stephen Siegel and Joshua Boxer

The social and political efforts in California, Colorado and other states to legalize the production, distribution, sale and use of marijuana (for medical purposes or otherwise) is also present in Florida. This year, 2014, is particularly active for those who want to see Florida permit the use of medical marijuana. Partially in response to the proposed constitutional amendment, “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions” (the “Amendment”), which will appear on the November 4 ballot, the Florida Legislature began addressing the issue of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. As a result, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (the so-called “Charlotte’s Web Statute”), was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Scott.

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