However, there is some trepidation on how quickly smokable marijuana could be available based on the Department of Health's history.
Shortly after he took over as governor in January, DeSantis gave the Legislature until March 15 to do away with the smoking ban.
"Over 70 percent of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016", said Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis also announced the state is dropping its previous appeal of court rulings that also could have ended the ban without state lawmakers' input.
"I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for working with me to ensure the will of the voters is upheld", he added.
A copy of the bill signed by Governor DeSantis for Ch. 2019-1 SB 182 may be found HERE.
The bill passed on a 101-11 vote last Wednesday and is the first bill to go to the governor's desk during the 60-day legislative session that began earlier this month. The will of the people has been heard! "For the sick and injured (it means) an alternative to opioids and pharmaceutical poison". Now on to slay other dragons! It could not be smoked in public or at private businesses subject to the state's cigarette smoking ban.
DeSantis had given lawmakers until the middle of March to repeal the ban.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat, praised the law's "landmark victory" for medical marijuana patients and for democracy as a whole, according to The Associated Press. The ban and other cannabis-related issues were cornerstones of Fried's 2018 campaign. "Our state must not disregard the voice of its people - when the people's will is nullified by those with authority, liberty can not survive", Fried said. That drew a legal challenge from advocacy group People United for Medical Marijuana.
'I think the likelihood that it passes is pretty good in 2022 or 2024, and we should prepare for its passage, ' he told CNN.