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Florida Court Rules Ban on Flower Unconstitutional

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When Florida legalized medical cannabis in 2016, it came with a caveat: cannabis for medicinal use was fine, as long as you didn’t smoke it. It looks as though that rule will be changing, according to USA Today affiliate TC Palm. At the end of last month a Leon County Circuit Court ruled that the state’s ban on “smokable cannabis” was unconstitutional. Judge Karen Gievers wrote in her ruling that Florida residents, “have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for treatment of their debilitating medical conditions as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.”

Florida outlawed smokeable flower shortly after passing the new medical cannabis law, saying that allowing patients to smoke their cannabis would be a health risk. After the law was signed a lawsuit was filed to challenge the smoking ban. Plaintiffs included two patients with terminal illnesses who both benefited from medical cannabis.

The first plaintiff was Cathy Jordan who has suffered from ALS since 1986. Jordan prefers to smoke because smoking dries out her extra saliva and relaxes her muscles.Diana Dodson who suffers from HIV says that smoking is more effective than vaping for her and allows her to control her dosage.

Jordan also credits cannabis with making her lifespan significantly longer. When she heard the ruling she said in an interview, ““So many people won’t smoke due to the stigma and it being against the law. This is legitimate medicine.This ruling is not just for me but for many other people.” Her husband said that it was pretty amazing to watch a woman with ALS “take on the state and win,” calling it “surreal.”

He is absolutely right and it is amazing to see.

Source: TC Palm

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