Florida Governor Rick Scott’s administration announced a new proposal to legalize marijuana on July 1, 2017.
The proposal would create a new legal category, called a medical marijuana license, to authorize patients with chronic, severe or debilitating medical conditions to possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants in their home.
It would also allow adults to possess and cultivate up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use.
The state has more than 700,000 patients with medical marijuana and roughly 1.5 million medical marijuana patients in Florida.
The new initiative, dubbed the Medical Marijuana License, will be put forward by the Florida Department of Health in an effort to increase access to medical marijuana for Floridaans.
The bill would create an “Accessible Medical Marijuana Licensing Program” that would authorize the use of medical marijuana in the state.
A separate program, the Medical Cannabis Treatment Program, would authorize patients to receive medical marijuana through a program to provide treatment in a medical facility and allow for home cultivation.
The proposed program will be funded by a fee from the state that would be distributed to licensed dispensaries.
The Florida Medical Cannabis Regulation Act would require licensed dispensaries to be located in each of the state’s six counties, along with a fee to fund the program.
The law would also require a fee of $15 per ounce of dried marijuana to be collected by licensed dispensaries and would prohibit the sale of marijuana to anyone under 18.
A total of $1.2 million would be allocated to medical cannabis facilities to establish and maintain facilities, collect and retain marijuana samples and administer a certification program.
Florida’s Department of State Health said in a statement that it “is committed to providing safe and legal access to marijuana for patients in the Sunshine State.”
The bill is being promoted by the state Department of Community Affairs and the Florida Medical Marijuana Program.
“The bill will allow patients to access cannabis that can help relieve their pain and illness and provide relief to their daily lives, allowing them to have access to a plant that is already widely available to Floridaans,” state Sen. Alan Long, D-Coral Gables, said in an email.
The proposal would also create a medical cannabis license for individuals with chronic medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, multiple myeloma and multiple sclerosis with relapsing forms of the disease.
In the past, the Florida House and Senate passed bills that would have legalized medical marijuana but failed to pass, and Gov.
Scott has not made any decisions on his own proposal to implement the law.
The new proposal would be in line with what other states have done, but would likely face legal challenges.
“There is a lot of opposition in the states that have tried this.
Some states are trying to limit access to this, while others have passed legislation that has allowed the program to be established,” said Jeff Stein, an attorney with the Marijuana Policy Project.
“The current proposal will have to go through an administrative process.
It will be difficult for Florida to follow the same process.”
The proposal comes at a time when more states are moving to legalize recreational marijuana.
Florida is among a handful of states where medical marijuana has been legalized for adult use.
President Donald Trump has indicated he plans to legalize the drug for recreational use, but he has not said how he would fund the effort.