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Senator Stewart, District 13 — Press Release


June 7, 2017

CONTACT: Ali Akin Kurnaz, 407-893-2422

Florida Lawmakers Expand Special Session to Include Medical Marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers will be taking up legislation relating to the use of medical marijuana during the Special Session that convened Wednesday afternoon.

“Access to medical marijuana could provide vital improvements in the quality of life for many Floridians with debilitating medical conditions,” said Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando). “I remain committed to the voters who approved Amendment 2 in 2016, and I will work diligently to fully implement a law that will offer relief to the thousands of Floridians who suffer from chronic illnesses, cancer, HIV and AIDS, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Last year, 71 percent of voters overwhelmingly approved the adoption of Amendment 2 to Florida’s Constitution that legalizes the production, sale, possession, and use of medical marijuana. However, lawmakers concluded the 2017 regular session without adopting legislation that implements the codified amendment.

The proposed Senate Bill 8-A is sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R- Fleming Island) and allocates $15.1 million towards its implementation. In order to maintain government services, a final state spending plan must be in place prior to the start of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1st.