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Florida Lawmakers Still Don’t See Eye to Eye on Medical Marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers hope to agree by week’s end on medical marijuana, but the House and Senate bills still have many differences to resolve.

The Legislature is trying to come up with implementing rules for Amendment 2, which was approved by 71 percent of Florida voters last November. Rules must be in place by July and implemented by October.

Sen. Rob Bradley, speaking after his bill met its final committee approval Tuesday before heading to the floor, said talks continue with Rep. Ray Rodrigues on finding common ground, but they still aren’t there yet.

There are some similarities in the bills: Both would ban the smoking of marijuana and institute a seed-to-sale tracking system. But big differences remain: The Senate bill (SB 406) allows for quicker additions of medical marijuana treatment centers, including five more by October to the seven already operating, and eliminates the 90-day waiting period before patients can receive cannabis.

The House version (HB 1397) keeps the 90-day waiting period while banning vaping and prohibiting its sale as an ingredient in edibles such as brownies or candy. [Read more at US News & World Report]

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