The debate continues as to whether medical marijuana can be smoked in Florida. On Friday, Jan. 26, a judge in Tallahassee refused to dismiss the case, even after there was a request from the state to do so.
Many Florida residents who are currently eligible to receive medical marijuana treatment were at the front line of the lawsuit filing with the aim to get their rights back to what they believe is a crucial medication that is currently banned in the state of Florida.
Why is this lawsuit happening?
The lawsuit is happening as a reaction to the 2017 state law that was passed, banning the use of medical marijuana even from eligible patients that have a medical reason for using the drug. It came about from political pressure from patients, with the backing of a political organization that originally helped legalize the drug.
What is the argument of the plaintiffs?
The plaintiffs are arguing that since they have been professionally advised by their doctors to smoke marijuana for medical purposes, the smoking ban is a violation of the state Constitution.
The state tried to have this case dismissed; however, after the judge heard both arguments, it was decided that there should be a lawsuit to explore the ground in more detail. The political party involved has 10 days to amend their case so that it stands better in the future lawsuit.
This news gives hope to all Florida patients who are suffering from debilitating illnesses and have been prescribed medical marijuana as a result. Make sure that you understand all of the laws when it comes to medical marijuana use in Florida.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Judge: Medical marijuana lawsuit over smoking can proceed," Dara Kam, Jan. 26, 2018