Medical marijuana is finally gaining real traction in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis has made clear he wants lawmakers to pass a bill allowing smoking, the state has its first “pot czar,” and a judge has again struck down a limit on storefronts that can sell medical marijuana. While some in Tallahassee keep trying to pump the brakes, Floridians are ready for a well-regulated, robust and accessible medical marijuana market.
DeSantis made the first move in January when he set a deadline of mid-March for the Legislature to send him a bill ending the ban on smokable forms of marijuana for medicinal use. If they don’t, he said, he’ll drop the state’s appeal of a lawsuit challenging the ban. That may well be the most expedient course, given the perplexing attitudes about medical pot held by some state senators. After Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, introduced a straightforward repeal bill, it