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On April 3, 2017, the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 406, a bill regulating the state’s emerging medical marijuana market.
Introduced by Sen. Rob Bradley, SB 406 would immediately expand the number of licensed medical marijuana providers by five and would add another four licenses to the system for every 75,000 patients added to enrollment.
Bradley’s bill would also increase the patient supply limit from 45 days to 90 days. Physicians would be able to increase that limit for individual patients should they deem it medically necessary.
Out-of-state visitors from other medical states would be able to acquire medical marijuana, provided that they are patients in their home state and qualify under Florida state law.
Although there are a total of five medical marijuana bills in the state senate, Bradley’s bill has emerged as the prominent favorite, due in part to the fact that SB 406 incorporates parts from the other competing bills.
“He kind of met in the middle … on the number of licenses, and I’m really glad he put in the robust and independent lab testing from [state Sen. Frank] Artiles’ bill,” said Ben Pollara, United for Care campaign manager, as quoted by the Sun Sentinel.
Despite being well received, many are already looking ahead to the difficult task of reconciling SB 406 with the House’s medical marijuana bill, which bans vaping and edible products and calls for fewer medical marijuana providers.