Florida House, Gov. Scott Back Medical Marijuana Bill

FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott said he will sign a medical marijuana bill poised to pass the Florida Senate, after the measure received overwhelming support today from the House as children whose lives hang in the balance looked on.

“I’m a parent and a grandparent. I want to make sure my children, my grandchildren, have the access to the health care they want. So, I know the House has passed the bill. It’s going back to the Senate. If it passes, I’m going to sign it,” Scott told reporters this evening.

Scott had wanted to limit access to the drug, not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, to patients with a variety of illnesses who are involved in clinical trials.

The version (SB 1030) approved by the House in a 111-7 vote and sent back to the Senate — with one day left in the annual legislative session — includes language proposed by Scott but goes much farther.

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