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President Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2017

CONTACT: Katie Betta, (850) 487-5229


Senator Bradley To File Legislation to Expand Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana

Tallahassee —

Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) today stated his intention to file legislation to implement Article X, section 29 of the Florida Constitution, which allows the use of marijuana by patients with debilitating medical conditions. The Senate will consider the bill during this week’s Special Session.

 

“Our constitutional duty is to ensure the availability and safe use of medical marijuana in the manner prescribed by Florida voters,” said Senator Bradley. “This patient-first legislation will expand access to this medicine, while ensuring safety through a unified regulatory structure for each component of the process from cultivation to consumption. The bill will be consistent with the Senate goal of increasing the overall number of MMTCs that provide medicine to patients. Additionally, this bill will enhance research opportunities that will allow scientists and physicians to study and improve this medicine, while gaining a better understanding of its effects.”

 

“This legislation demonstrates fidelity to the Constitution by implementing the amendment passed by the voters last November,” said Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart). “The bill will also further the work the Legislature has done over the past few years to pass legislation authorizing the medical use of marijuana and other developing medications for our fellow citizens who are suffering from serious medical conditions and illnesses.”

 

Legislation will be formally filed later this morning.