The Florida House of Representatives passed a repeal of the state’s ban on smokable marijuana with a vote of 101-11 on Wednesday, sending the measure to Gov. Rick DeSantis for his signature. The state Senate unanimously passed the repeal statute, Senate Bill 182, last week. The bill eliminates a ban on smokable cannabis that was enacted by the legislature after Florida’s medical marijuana legalization constitutional amendment was passed by voters in 2016.
State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who has advocated for a repeal of the ban, said in a statement that Wednesday’s “action to finally allow smokable medical marijuana brings four words to the lips of people across our state: It’s about damn time.”
Under SB 182, medical marijuana patients will be permitted to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of smokable cannabis every 35 days. Smoking cannabis in public will continue to be illegal, and terminally ill children will only be allowed to smoke cannabis with the approval of a pediatrician. A House proposal to only allow pre-rolled joints with filters was not included in the Senate bill.
“I’m thankful for the House and Senate’s work to fix this situation and look forward to the governor signing this much-needed legislation into law,” Fried