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A refrigerator at Knox Medical’s Winter Garden production facility stores ingredients used to produce medical cannabis. They include water (far right). Currently, smoking medical cannabis is banned. A 58-page bill, now working its way through four Florida Legislature committees, would continue that ban. / J.D. Vivian

Senate Bill 154 (SB 154), titled Medical Marijuana Retail Facilities, has been introduced in the Florida Legislature. The 2019 legislative session officially begins on Tuesday, March 5, and is expected to end on Friday, May 3.

State Sen. Perry E. Thurston Jr. (D-District 33, in eastern Broward County) introduced the bill on Dec. 14, 2018. SB 154 has now been referred to the following committees: Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations; and Rules.

The following passages are excerpted from the 58-page bill, which would continue the ban on smoking medical cannabis.

“’Medical use’ means the acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration of marijuana authorized by a physician certification. The term does not include:

“1. Possession, use, or administration of marijuana that was not purchased or acquired from a medical marijuana treatment center or a medical marijuana retail facility.

“2. Possession, use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking, in the form of commercially produced food items other than edibles, or of marijuana seeds or flower, except for flower in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping. … ‘Smoking’ means burning or igniting a substance and inhaling the smoke.”