On June 5th, a circuit court judge upheld a previous ruling that the Florida Legislature’s ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. After the first ruling, the state’s Department of Health filed an appeal, putting a stay in place automatically. A Florida attorney, along with two patients with terminal illnesses then filed an appeal of the stay. The judge acted fast, ruling that the stay will officially be lifted in just five days, on June 11th, in order to not create irreparable harm to patients. The judge went further in explaining the reasoning behind the ruling, “First, they cannot legally access the treatment recommended for them. Second, they face potential criminal prosecution for possession and use of the medicinal substance.” The Florida Department of Health is reviewing the ruling to determine if there will be any further appeals.
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