Pot Law Expected To Get Aired In Senate Committee

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) — A Senate committee is expected to take up the medical marijuana industry next week.

The agenda for the committee meeting indicates it will take up a cannabis bill (SPB 7066), though the detailed proposal had not been posted online as of Friday evening.

Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, told The News Service of Florida on Thursday he expects the measure would set up a structure for nurseries to grow, process and distribute non-euphoric cannabis.

The Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott approved a law last year that allows types of marijuana that are low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD.

Doctors will be able to order the low-THC pot for patients who suffer from severe muscle spasms or have cancer. But the Department of Health has been delayed in carrying out the law because of legal challenges to its regulatory proposals. Those delays have frustrated lawmakers.

Bradley on Thursday said he expects the committee meeting to include “a serious discussion and possible consideration of legislation that puts an end to the delays and makes sure that we get this substance in the hands of suffering families as quickly as possible.”

(The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.)

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