Where exactly the legislation went sideways boiled down to regulatory caps that would have been placed on medical marijuana treatment centers.
Lawmakers also approved a plan to carry out a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana before adjourning the three-day session.
The bill comes up for a vote on Friday, the last day of the session. "The Legislature recognizes that their constituents would like them to find a resolution", said Taylor Patrick Biehl, who help runs the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida.
Legislation filed Wednesday by Sen.
According to the Department of Health, the state registry now has 16,614 patients.
Negron said that while he supports giving the governor what he wants, he said he warned him ahead of time that the Senate would not support the governor using money from projects put in the budget by senators to pay for it.
Bradley was the primary sponsor of the Senate's original legislation to regulate medical cannabis during this year's legislative session.
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"When prosecutors and judges use procedures to circumvent the rights of law-abiding people and the will of the Legislature, it can not be tolerated", NRA past president and current lobbyist Marion Hammer said.
However, supporters were not happy that the bill still bans smoking despite amendment supporters saying it is already written into the language. Sen.
Marijuana Research Vetoed by Florida GovernorGovernor Scott has vetoed funding that would have gone to medical marijuana research. Four more centers will be licensed per 100,000 patients.
An even more controversial component of the measure -- whether to allow patients to smoke marijuana products -- isn't new but was the subject of debate Thursday in the House and Senate. It was estimated recently, after a Canadian company attempted to purchase a controlling stake in the Alachua County medical marijuana treatment center CHT Medical, that a state license could be worth as much as $200 million.
Many states have long invoked "the castle doctrine", allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves in their own homes.
After spending the regular session bashing the governor for ushering in "corporate welfare", Corcoran addressed a letter to the governor that began: "Thank you for your leadership". "I think that is why you are seeing the Senate capitulate", Brandes said.
Edwards said proponents are using social media -- including a #nosmokeisajoke Twitter campaign -- to pressure lawmakers to approve smoking, but the question of what the amendment actually requires remains unanswered.
"Expanding Stand Your Ground would send a clear message to communities of color in Florida - that we are not welcome or safe in this state", said Lucy McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was killed by a man claiming Stand Your Ground defense.