Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Florida Medical Marijuana Bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott  has signed into law a medical marijuana use bill following an over 70 per cent  in favor of amending the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana use as prescribed by a licensed Florida physician. Florida joins 27 other states that recognize some form of marijuana use. A qualifying patient must have a “debilitating medical condition,” defined as: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class or comparable to those enumerated. What constitutes “other debilitating medical conditions” remains to be seen. Florida still bans marijuana smoking. Legal marijuana may only be consumed in oil or edible form.  Meanwhile, the Federal Controlled Substance Act, marijuana is still a Schedule I hallucinogen and its use is still illegal despite the legalization of its use in many states. Unlike some state laws, the Florida statute does not require an employer to accommodate on-site medical use of marijuana. Florida employers thus have no legal duty under this new law to allow employees to consume medical marijuana at the workplace.