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January 17, 2019

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Statement from Senate President Bill Galvano Regarding Medical Marijuana Legislation

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today released the following statement responding to Governor DeSantis’ decision to request a stay in ongoing litigation regarding medical marijuana.

“Implementing the voter-approved constitutional amendment that authorized medical marijuana more than two years ago has been an ongoing problem mired in complex and protracted legal challenges. Governor DeSantis has indicated that he prefers a legislative solution rather than a judicial order to bring the issue of implementation of the amendment to a conclusion. A legislative solution has always been my preferred course of action, and we will certainly honor the Governor’s request to bring a bill forward early in session that addresses both his concerns and those raised in litigation. Many Senators share these concerns and have ideas they are interested in advancing, which include smokable forms of treatment. I look forward to continuing those important discussions in the coming weeks.”