click to enlarge Photo by Monivette Cordeiro Medical marijuana advocates and local lawmakers gathered in Orlando on Thursday to call for a special session in the Florida Legislature after leaders failed to create a framework for new cannabis laws.
State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, says Tallahassee politicians have thwarted the will of the 71 percent of voters who approved Amendment 2 last fall by refusing to implement it.
“They should be ashamed,” he says. “While the out-of touch, old-fashioned, conservative majority in Tallahassee continues their hand-wringing over whether or not cannabis is actual medicine… qualified patients are dying Qualified patients are waiting.”
click to enlarge Photo by Monivette Cordeiro Carlos Guillermo Smith The Republican-controlled House and Senate had a tentative deal that fell apart after leaders were unable to agree on how many dispensaries each medical marijuana growers would be allowed to have. The Senate wanted a cap of up to 15 dispensaries per grower, while the House called for 100. Against the recommendations of many patients and advocates, both chambers did agree to prohibit smoking cannabis products,