One pair of Florida lawmakers is aiming to enhance the state’s current medical marijuana law, whereas one other legislative duo is out to vary the state’s relationship with pot altogether. 

Taken collectively, 2021 could possibly be a yr of hashish reform within the Sunshine State.

A proposal from state Senator Tina Polsky and state Consultant Nicholas Duran, each Democrats representing South Florida, would shut a loophole within the state’s medical hashish regulation that also opens the door for public staff to get fired for utilizing the remedy.

“So that you’re allowed to make use of medical marijuana in case you have a correct license however in case you get drug examined at work having nothing to do along with your efficiency you might be fired for utilizing a authorized substance,” Polsky mentioned, as quoted by local news outlet WLRN. 

According to WLRN, the invoice “would stop public employers from firing, demoting, or suspending somebody who checks optimistic” if they’ll present a legitimate medical marijuana card after a optimistic outcome. 

“Within the occasion somebody takes a drug take a look at and so they take a look at optimistic for marijuana they need to be capable to form of clarify and present that they’re registered,” mentioned Duran, as quoted by WLRN. “That they’re utilizing medical marijuana and that’s the explanation why their drug take a look at got here again optimistic for it”

Different Potential Modifications

Florida voters authorized a constitutional modification in 2016 that legalized medical hashish, however leisure pot use stays in opposition to the regulation. Two different Sunshine State lawmakers have their very own laws to vary that.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat, and state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican, have filed separate payments that will “set up a strong and free-market regulatory strategy to the governance of cultivation, processing, and retail gross sales of each medical and adult-use marijuana,” according to local news outlet WESH.

As in different stands which have lifted prohibition on pot use, the payments would allow individuals aged 21 and older to buy and use pot. WESH reported that Guillermo Smith and Brandes’ proposals “would permit adults to buy 2.5 ounces of hashish or a product with as much as 2 grams of THC.”

“The necessity to finish Florida’s prohibition of accountable grownup use of hashish is lengthy overdue. This invoice creates a smart bipartisan framework for legalization that may earn the assist wanted to move the Florida legislature. It doesn’t embrace every part I’d wish to see, however it’s the contemporary begin Floridians need to lastly transfer previous the draconian hashish prohibition period,” Guillermo Smith mentioned, as quoted by WESH.

In a tweet on Friday, Guillermo Smith shared a graphic detailing the potential financial windfall from legalization, saying that the brand new marijuana regulation might assist Florida “keep away from pointless cuts to public colleges and healthcare providers.”

Legalization advocates in Florida had hoped to get a leisure proposal on the state’s poll final yr, however the group that spearheaded the marketing campaign was unable to mount a successful petition drive. 

Polls point out that such a measure would have handed on the poll. However a invoice that emerges from the Florida legislature, which formally convenes in March, will not be as profitable. That’s as a result of the state’s governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, has beforehand mentioned that legalization will not happen on his watch.