By Derrick Stanley
Although Florida voters will be voting on broad legalization of medical marijuana this fall, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Friday to allow terminally patients access to marijuana.
Scott did not comment on the medical marijuana bill (HB 307), but House sponsor Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, stated on Twitter the governor showed “heart & compassion” by signing the measure.
The Right to Try Act is a law passed in 2015 that allows terminally ill patients to have access to experimental drugs not generally approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. HB 307 expands this law to include medical marijuana.
The legislation proposed that will be on the November ballot would allow patients with several different medical conditions to use full-strength marijuana under the approval of a doctor. Those conditions include cancer, Chron's disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Parkinson's disease.