Florida Judge Lifts Stay on Smokable Medical Marijuana

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AdvertisementSupported byFlorida Judge Lifts Stay on Smokable Medical MarijuanaBy The Associated PressJune 5, 2018TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Floridians allowed to use medical marijuana are one step closer to being able to smoke it.Leon County circuit court Judge Karen Gievers on Tuesday lifted a stay on her May 25 ruling that the Florida Legislature's provision banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. "Where is your compassion man?"Even with the stay being lifted, smokable medical marijuana will not immediately be available for sale at treatment centers. The state's Department of Health had filed an appeal of Gievers' ruling, which automatically put it on hold. Attorney John Morgan and two patients with terminal illnesses then filed an appeal of that stay.The stay will officially be lifted on June 11. That's because the Department of Health must come up with rules to cultivate, distribute and sell, which could take several months.As of last Friday there were 117,522 patients and 2,644 doctors in the state's medical marijuana registry.

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Florida Judge Lifts Stay on Smokable Medical Marijuana

By The Associated Press

June 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Floridians allowed to use medical marijuana are one step closer to being able to smoke it.

Leon County circuit court Judge Karen Gievers on Tuesday lifted a stay on her May 25 ruling that the Florida Legislature's provision banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. The state's Department of Health had filed an appeal of Gievers' ruling, which automatically put it on hold. Attorney John Morgan and two patients with terminal illnesses then filed an appeal of that stay.

The stay will officially be lifted on June 11. Gievers wrote that delaying her ruling any further would create irreparable harm to patients.

She also wrote that the stay returns the law to its previous state after voters approved a constitutional amendment in November 2016 allowing the use of medical marijuana.

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