Florida House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill That Bans Smoking Weed

And, this being Florida, the Republican-crafted bill ended up banning smokeable weed, creating a state-controlled cartel of legal cannabis farms, and pissing off medicinal marijuana advocates across the Sunshine State. Today, that bad bill - HB 1397 - passed the House by a 105-9 margin. The House bill vote was 143-1, noting that the lone negative voter offered no suggestions during the process other than a Cheshire Cat smile as he voted.

The House is scheduled to take up the bill when it meets at 10:30 a.m. today. But amendments to Capriglione's version go yet further by lowering that threshold to a five percent stake and by including subcontractors. Employees with a newborn or adopted child, or those taking care of a sick relative, would then be eligible to take up to six weeks of time off and continue receiving 80 percent of their pay.

An effort in Vermont's House to enact a statewide paid family leave policy survived hours of debate and last-minute pushes by Republicans to weaken and bury the measure.

"You see there's a Trojan horse stuck in this bill", Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) complains, "whether we meant it or not and that's the chronic non-malignant pain definition".

He said he will not support a legalization bill that does not include a path to establishing a system to regulate marijuana from seed to sale.

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As the Florida House and Senate work through key differences of two competing medical marijuana bills, a pair of questions have emerged as sticking points: the question of expanding the number of licenses available to marijuana dispensaries, and when those new licenses will become available. "Now the question is what some of my Republican colleagues insist on and that is that there has to be some kind of tax rebates to the citizens of SC".

"If you receive these benefits from your employer, you're one of the privileged few", Stevens said. In this attractive state that offers so much to so many, this is simply unacceptable. "The program there has had "either a positive effect or no effect on productive, profit, morale or cost" for businesses". "Rep. Heidi Scheuerm Scheuerto ann, R-Stowe, said the legislation isa"$ 17 million tax increase on Vermonters" and not all are interested.

"I'm going to have to explain to my spouse why she's been dragged into my candidacy", he said.

The group behind Amendment 2, which set this legislation in motion, said they do not support Rodrigues' language. The amendment, among other things, initially limits growers to five retail facilities, but allows for new retail facilities to come online as the patient population grows; calls on the Department of Health to issue 10 new licenses no later than October 1; and issues five new licenses for every 75,000 patients. "My constituents have made it clear to me that they do not want a new tax, that they do not want money taken out of their paychecks". If it fails in the legislature, he's promising to run a ballot initiative in November to achieve much the same ends: asphalt without tax hikes.

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