Judge Karen Gievers didn’t take much time to lift the stay on Florida’s medical marijuana smoking ban. She ruled that the state must allow smokable forms of marijuana. Lifting the stay gives state officials until June 11 to have a plan drawn up to include smokable items.
The judge noted that the state would likely not be successful in attempting to appeal this ruling, Spectrum 13 News reported. She also noted that by banning smokable forms of marijuana, it was harming patients who were unable to get the medical marijuana treatment they were recommended. Smoking medical marijuana provides faster relief of symptoms.
Attorney John Morgan argued that the voter-approved amendment only banned smoking marijuana in public – not in a private residence.
Patients may still have to wait a few months before they can buy dry flower at dispensaries while the state gets the proper rules in place.