New Gov. DeSantis may drop legal fights over medical marijuana
TALLAHASSEE — The advent of a new administration with Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis could bring a sharp turnaround in how Florida officials approach the state’s medical marijuana industry, including challenges to the lawsuits swirling around it.
DeSantis, a Republican who will take office on Jan. 8, is unwilling to continue some of the court battles being waged by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, according to Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez.
When asked where the DeSantis administration stands on the caps on medical marijuana licenses imposed by the Legislature and whether the new governor plans to continue the appeals launched by Scott, Nuñez said DeSantis “has said he’s not interested in continuing that fight.”
“I think he has a different perspective than Gov. Scott. I think he wants the will of the voters to be implemented,” Nuñez said.
Nuñez was referring to the 2016 constitutional amendment, approved by 71.3 percent of Florida voters, broadly legalizing medical marijuana.
A Tallahassee judge recently ruled that a 2017 law aimed at implementing the amendment was unconstitutional. Earlier this year, Leon Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ordered state health officials to begin registering new medical-marijuana operators after deciding the law failed to properly carry out the amendment.