The Senate passed the bill last week. The state was sued over the issue, and a judge declared the ban unconstitutional.
Despite DeSantis' insistence that the ban be repealed, Rep.
"I'm not going to have all of your votes today, and I understand that and I respect that".
Voters approved medical marijuana in 2016, but smokable forms of the plant were outlawed in a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2017.
DeSantis conveyed his thanks on Twitter to the Legislature "for taking action on medical marijuana and upholding the will of the voters". "Both the House and the Senate agreed that the proper way to respond to this was for the legislature to address it via legislation, rather than just yielding it to the courts and to a judicial decision", said Rodrigues. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, "for their leadership and hard work on this difficult issue".
While lawmakers aren't necessarily in favor of allowing medical marijuana to be smoked, they faced the prospects of having it become legal without any restrictions. Smoking medical cannabis would be banned in public places. Supporters of the ban have argued, in part, that smoking is hazardous to people's health.
For example, a House proposal initially would have restricted medical marijuana dispensaries to selling pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes, along with other cannabis-based products not used for smoking.
The legislation would allow patients to buy up to two and a half ounces of medical pot during a 35-day period from state-authorized operators and possess up to four ounces at any given time.
State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) says the bill is not flawless, but he feels it's much better than original medical marijuana legislation passed two years ago that banned smokable cannabis.
"I don't know, and we don't have the data - hopefully we will in the coming years - to show if there truly are benefits to consuming this medicine in this fashion. I commend them for their diligence on this issue". "I personally don't believe that there probably is, and there might be some detrimental effects as a result of that".
But if DeSantis were to drop the lawsuit appeal, Rodrigues said, there would be no rules guiding smokable medical marijuana.
Florida voters want stricter gun laws, with 59 percent saying yes, and 37 percent saying no. Democrats carry that majority with 89 percent saying yes, along with 60 percent of independent voters, while 29 percent of Republicans agree. "It's long past due that the state of Florida honored the will of the people and allowed doctors to determine their patient's course of treatment".