Four states in the country now allow for the legal consumption of marijuana. Tallahassee House Democrat Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda wants Florida to be next.
“I think that’s where we ought to be, frankly,” she said of her bill (HB 4021) that removes cannabis from being classified as a Schedule I drug. “It’s a medicinal product, it’s a natural product.”
“I just think we’ve had a lot of trouble trying to control it. The drug war has not worked. There’s a lot of people in prison because of marijuana charges and selling and all of that sort of that thing,” she said in a recent The Politics of Pot article.
With the current GOP Legislature, the likelihood of Florida becoming the fifth state to legalize marijuana looks dim at best.
Sarasota House Republican Greg Steube has refiled a bill which would allow for the medical use of marijuana, but the Legislature neglected to act on it this year.
With the apparent success of Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, as well as bipartisan support among Floridians, Rehwinkel Vasilinda has hope for legalization. However, those holding office may not be on board.
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