On Wednesday, members of the Florida Senate and House introduced a new medical marijuana bill. State Bill 1250 aims to make possession of four ounces or less of marijuana legal for individuals suffering from serious health conditions.
The bill is also being referred to as the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act. Jordan is a Manatee County resident who suffers from Lou Gherig’s disease. On Monday, she had 23 marijuana plants seized from her home by police, despite the fact that she uses them to treat her symptoms.
The bill was introduced by Senator Jeff Clemens. He was not available for comment, but the Marijuana Policy Project’s Mason Tvert, who played a large role in the passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado, spoke out in favor of SB 1250.
“Unfortunately Florida’s been a little bit behind much of the rest of the country when it comes to medical marijuana. This is just the second time to my knowledge that it’s been done and it’s well past due,” Tvert explained.
A recent poll conducted by the Miami Herald showed that almost 70% of Floridians support medical marijuana legalization. Only 24% were in opposition.