What 4/20 looks like on the ballot – Florida Flambeau
Audrey Wheeler, Senior Staff Writer Published 12:25 p.m. ET April 15, 2018
Cloned plants at the Trulieve medical marijuana facility in Quincy on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.(Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)
Although the origins of the codename are still disputed, 4/20 has become a memorialized date in cannabis culture. The day has come to feature protests and activism events in support of legalized marijuana, both medicinal and recreational.
With April 20 coming this Friday, now is an appropriate time to review some of the legislative actions surrounding cannabis in Florida. While lawmakers and constituents all have differing opinions on the role of cannabis in today’s society, the upcoming November elections provide a platform for everyone to share their voice by voting.
Current Florida laws and penalties carry anything from one to 30 years of incarceration for those found in possession or sale of marijuana, but recent years have seen a legalization of the product in the medical industry.
In 2014 Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030 which allows for state-approved patients with cancer, muscle spasms, seizures or terminal illness to receive cannabidiol oil (CBD) from state-approved facilities.
CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not provide a “high” to users, due to its low concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Under Florida law, CBD oil prescribed to patients must consist of less than 0.008 percent THC and at least 10 percent CBD.
During the 2016 presidential election, Florida voters passed the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (readers will remember this as Amendment 2 on the ballot) to legalize medical marijuana for patients with the aforementioned conditions and the additions of PTSD, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and other diagnoses.
A later provision passed by Governor Scott outlawed the smoking of medical marijuana and restricts the usage to edibles, vaping, oils, sprays or pills.