Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) Signs Bill Restricting Ganja Use in Sober Living Facilities

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) Signs Bill Restricting Ganja Use in Sober Living Facilities


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I have not hurt anyone.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election, has recently enacted a bill that imposes strict limitations on the possession and use of Ganja (marijuana/cannabis) within sober living facilities. This legislation disregards medical marijuana certifications, even when prescribed by a doctor in compliance with state laws. While other doctor-prescribed medications may be allowed, Ganja (marijuana/cannabis) is singled out and prohibited.

The bill, known as SB 210, was signed into law by Governor DeSantis on Tuesday. Additionally, he granted final approval to a hemp regulations measure that bans the sale of smokeless hemp products to individuals under the age of 21.

Under the provisions of SB 210, applicants seeking licenses to operate recovery residences under the state Department of Children and Families must explicitly state their policy of not permitting the use of Ganja (marijuana/cannabis), including medical marijuana certified by qualified physicians.

This new law specifically targets medical Ganja (marijuana/cannabis), while other pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by doctors remain unaffected.

To obtain certification, prospective recovery residences must now provide documentation, including a policy and procedures manual that includes a clear prohibition on Ganja (marijuana/cannabis), regardless of an individual's status as a medical cannabis patient.

Governor DeSantis also signed SB 1676, a bill that revises hemp regulations and extends the prohibition on smokeless hemp products, such as snuff and chewing gum, to individuals under 21. Previously, this restriction only applied to smokable hemp items.

Apart from cannabis-related bills, Governor DeSantis vetoed two criminal justice reform bills that were not directly associated with marijuana.

In a separate move, Governor DeSantis approved legislation this month that enables doctors to renew medical cannabis recommendations for patients through telehealth services. The bill also takes steps to encourage the participation of Black farmers in the state's medical marijuana program.

Governor DeSantis's stance on marijuana policy has drawn attention since entering the presidential race. He recently stated his opposition to decriminalizing Ganja (marijuana/cannabis) if elected to the White House. His concerns revolve around potential negative impacts on the workforce, productivity, and the risk of contamination. This position has garnered criticism, including from Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Governor DeSantis has also addressed Florida's medical marijuana program, highlighting that military veterans have access to cannabis under the current framework. However, he acknowledges the controversial nature of the program, as some individuals abuse it for recreational purposes.

In recent weeks, various Republican 2024 presidential hopefuls have discussed drug policy matters. Former President Donald Trump appeared uncertain during a recent interview when confronted with the fact that his proposed plan to impose the death penalty on drug traffickers could have affected a woman he had lpardoned and promoted as a notable achievement in criminal justice reform during his administration.

At a CNN town hall event, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) pledged to "end" the war on drugs if elected, emphasizing the importance of a treatment-based approach to address addiction while advocating for increased enforcement against drug dealers.

According to earlier estimates as of the end of 2022, states have reported a combined total of more than $15 billion in tax revenue from legal, adult-use cannabis sales.   


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