After Historic Vote, Fla. Drafts New Medical Pot Rules

Law360, Miami (January 17, 2017, 9:22 PM EST) -- The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday published its initial proposed rule for a medical marijuana program, taking a step toward implementing the recently passed Amendment 2 but creating controversy by charting a course closer to existing law than the broader guidelines voters overwhelmingly passed in November.

The agency was under pressure to take some action, as the amendment officially took effect with the new year even though DOH has until July to finalize regulations and until September to issue patient and caregiver identifications, leaving patients and physicians in a state of uncertainty.

The rules entered Tuesday are almost certain to...

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