dglobalnews.com Florida Senate's medical marijuana bill at least 2 weeks way
Published: Fri, March 24, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Florida Senate's medical marijuana bill at least 2 weeks way

Florida Senate's medical marijuana bill at least 2 weeks way

"Right now, all the money being spent on marijuana is going into the pockets of criminals and cartels", Steans said in a statement. Steans said, announcing the bill.

If passed, IL residents would be allowed to grow up to five plants and possess about an ounce of marijuana. "Prohibition is a financial hole in the ground, and we should stop throwing taxpayer dollars into it".

In a release, Representative Cassidy states, "Marijuana prohibition is a quagmire that creates far more problems than it prevents", and that "Several states have adopted sensible alternatives to prohibition, and it is time for IL to develop its own exit strategy".

Possession would be limited to 28 grams - a little more than 0.06 of a pound - for residents and half that amount for non-residents.

The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in IL went into effect in 2014.

The legislation would impose a special 23.65 percent sales tax on all marijuana and marijuana products at retail.

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The proposed new law would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational pot for one year before newly licensed businesses would be allowed to enter the market. It would apply restrictions to its manufacture, marketing, labeling and testing.

This would be at a tax rate of 50-dollars per ounce at the wholesale level.

"People are fed up with laws that punish adults for using a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol", said Chris Lindsey, the group's senior legislative counsel.

Eleni Demertzis, a spokesperson for Gov. Bruce Rauner, told Chicagoist via email that "the two bills are now under review" by the governor's office.

Legalizing marijuana could be just the moneymaker the state needs, the lawmakers say: Eight states have now enacted laws regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use, and the budget benefits have been apparent in some of those parts of the country.

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