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LEGISLATURE STOPS PROGRESS OF AN ALREADY NARROW MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL

LEGISLATURE STOPS PROGRESS OF AN ALREADY NARROW MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL

(Tallahassee, FL) – This morning the Senate Rules Committee met to hear SB 7066, a low-THC medical marijuana law and had the opportunity to vote on several amendments to expand this narrow law. Yet, today’s vote was another disheartening demonstration of how tone deaf the politicians in Tallahassee remain.

“For a fleeting moment today, it appeared as if Senate had voted to walk back the arbitrary rules on who could open a medical marijuana business in Florida, but then with the roll call it failed at a 6-6 vote”, stated Dan Rogers, Director of Legislative Affairs. He continued to say, “I just feel terrible at the injustice against the small farmers, which are mostly minorities, who will not be able to participate in this market”.

Howard Gunn, President of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, was present to lobby for the decrease in how many years a business had to be active in order to apply for a production license. “I said my piece and that’s all I can really do at this point in time” he said. Mr. Gunn plans to be present once the bill is scheduled for a floor hearing.

“Florida asked for a comprehensive medical marijuana law – and the legislature denied their will. Again today, the Black Farmers asked for a change in the narrow law on the books that would actually allow them an opportunity to grow a business. They too were denied.”, said Executive Director of Florida for Care, Ben Pollara.


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