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Florida Republican State Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Bill

Florida medical physicians would be allowed to prescribe “medical-grade” marijuana to needy patients under a major cannabis bill filed Monday by a top Florida Republican state senator.

The legislation proposed by St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes would allow people who have specified serious medical conditions — such as cancer, AIDS or epilepsy — to receive and use medical marijuana if a doctor certifies its use. Patients would be limited to a 30-day supply.

But the bill goes a step further and says that doctors could certify medical-marijuana use for other patients who have exhausted other medical treatments first.

The legislation is the most far-reaching of its kind proposed by a top Republican and reflects a proposed constitutional amendment that garnered 57.6 percent of the vote. That amendment, which failed because it didn’t meet a 60 percent threshold for approval, has been redrafted and could appear on the 2016 ballot.  [Read more at the Miami Herald]

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