Taken collectively, 2021 might be a 12 months of hashish reform within the Sunshine State.
A proposal from state Senator Tina Polsky and state Consultant Nicholas Duran, each Democrats representing South Florida, would shut a loophole within the state’s medical hashish legislation that also opens the door for public workers to get fired for utilizing the remedy.
“So that you’re allowed to make use of medical marijuana when you’ve got a correct license however should you get drug examined at work having nothing to do along with your efficiency you could be fired for utilizing a authorized substance,” Polsky mentioned, as quoted by local news outlet WLRN.
According to WLRN, the invoice “would forestall public employers from firing, demoting, or suspending somebody who exams constructive” if they’ll present a sound medical marijuana card after a constructive consequence.
“Within the occasion somebody takes a drug check they usually check constructive for marijuana they need to be capable to form of clarify and present that they’re registered,” mentioned Duran, as quoted by WLRN. “That they’re utilizing medical marijuana and that’s the rationale why their drug check got here again constructive for it”
Different Potential Adjustments
Florida voters accredited a constitutional modification in 2016 that legalized medical hashish, however leisure pot use stays in opposition to the legislation. Two different Sunshine State lawmakers have their very own laws to alter that.
State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat, and state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican, have filed separate payments that will “set up a strong and free-market regulatory strategy to the governance of cultivation, processing, and retail gross sales of each medical and adult-use marijuana,” according to local news outlet WESH.
As in different stands which have lifted prohibition on pot use, the payments would allow folks aged 21 and older to buy and use pot. WESH reported that Guillermo Smith and Brandes’ proposals “would enable adults to buy 2.5 ounces of hashish or a product with as much as 2 grams of THC.”
“The necessity to finish Florida’s prohibition of accountable grownup use of hashish is lengthy overdue. This invoice creates a smart bipartisan framework for legalization that may earn the assist wanted to cross the Florida legislature. It doesn’t embody every thing I’d prefer to see, however it’s the contemporary begin Floridians need to lastly transfer previous the draconian hashish prohibition period,” Guillermo Smith mentioned, as quoted by WESH.
In a tweet on Friday, Guillermo Smith shared a graphic detailing the potential financial windfall from legalization, saying that the brand new marijuana legislation might assist Florida “keep away from pointless cuts to public faculties and healthcare providers.”
Legalization advocates in Florida had hoped to get a leisure proposal on the state’s poll final 12 months, however the group that spearheaded the marketing campaign was unable to mount a successful petition drive.
Polls point out that such a measure would have handed on the poll. However a invoice that emerges from the Florida legislature, which formally convenes in March, will not be as profitable. That’s as a result of the state’s governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, has beforehand mentioned that legalization will not happen on his watch.