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Prospects Dim For a Medical Marijuana Bill in Florida This Year

The prospects of the Florida Legislature expanding medical marijuana usage or Medicaid do not look good, if four Republicans who represent most of Sarasota County are any indication.

Speaking to the Sarasota Republican Club on Thursday night, the lawmakers said there is little appetite in the Florida House to expand Medicaid, and most predicted bills to allow medical marijuana would fail.

On medical marijuana, Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, said legislators want to see how a law passed last year to allow children with epilepsy to have small amounts of medical marijuana works before allowing a more expanded law.

“I don’t think we will,” said Boyd when asked if legislators would pass a new medical marijuana law during the 60-day legislative session which begins on Tuesday. [Read more at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

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