Court rejects speeding up marijuana smoking case - Florida Politics

Court rejects speeding up marijuana smoking case

An appeals court Tuesday rejected a request to quickly send a major medical-marijuana case to the Florida Supreme Court.

The case focuses on arguments about whether a 2017 law improperly bars patients from smoking medical marijuana.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers last month ruled that the smoking ban violated a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida. Attorneys for the state appealed Gievers’ ruling to the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Plaintiffs in the case, including the group People United for Medical Marijuana, filed a motion June 8 asking that the case be “certified” to the Supreme Court — a move that would effectively lead to bypassing the 1st District Court of Appeal. The plaintiffs argued, in part, that the ban on smoking marijuana “presents an immediate threat of irreparable injuries to those patients for whom this medical (smoking) treatment is currently prohibited.”

But attorneys for the state disputed that the case should go immediately to the Supreme Court.

“(There) are various other forms of medical marijuana presently available and approved (or permitted) … in Florida for qualifying patients,” the state argued in a June 12 brief. “For example, vaping or vaporization of marijuana flower is permitted for medical use, so long as the flower is in a sealed, tamperproof receptacle.”

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The appeals court Tuesday issued a one-sentence order rejecting the request to certify the case to the Supreme Court, though the order did not explain the reasoning.

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2 Comments

  1. Of course they rejected it, and without explanation.
    Florida’s MMJ program has been doomed from the start, and by design. Governor Scott is beholden to the “healthcare” and pharma industries, and does not want to see a successful progrram. He installed Christian Bax in the Office of Medical Marijuana over at the Dept of Health….and he is totally unqualified and completely incompetent……EXACTLY what Rick Scott wanted. I hope the crooked governor loses his Senate bid. Every elected official in the state of Florida who had had something to do with the MMJ program should hang their incompetent heads in SHAME. There are disabled Veterans killing themselves every day – many of them overdosing on the opiates and other narcotics the VA prescribes them like candy. The MMJ program in this state is a complete JOKE and I hope the ghosts of those dead Veterans come back to haunt these crooked FL politicians for the rest of their miserable, money-grubbing lives.

  2. Of course they rejected it, and without explanation.
    Florida’s MMJ program has been doomed from the start, and by design. Governor Scott is beholden to the “healthcare” and pharma industries, and does not want to see a successful progrram. He installed Christian Bax in the Office of Medical Marijuana over at the Dept of Health….and he is totally unqualified and completely incompetent……EXACTLY what Rick Scott wanted. I hope the crooked governor loses his Senate bid. Every elected official in the state of Florida who had had something to do with the MMJ program should hang their incompetent heads in SHAME. There are disabled Veterans killing themselves every day – many of them overdosing on the opiates and other narcotics the VA prescribes them like candy. The MMJ program in this state is a complete JOKE and I hope the ghosts of those dead Veterans come back to haunt these crooked FL politicians for the rest of their miserable, money-grubbing lives.

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