If any credible medical spokesman has outlined a legitimate medical use for marijuana, I’ve missed it. But this didn’t stop 71 percent of Florida voters from approving an amendment to the state’s constitution legalizing weed for medical purposes (whatever these might be). The amendment went into effect Tuesday, and has led to the questions anyone paying the slightest attention should have anticipated. Who can have marijuana prescribed and under what circumstances? What can be done to prevent “pot doctors” from setting up shop? What are the consequences for doctors who don’t play by the rules, after, that is, rules are established.
Florida state legislative leaders say these questions will be taken up in the legislative session that begins March 7. But those wishing to be prescribed marijuana are already queuing up at doctor’s offices. Maybe legislators will come up with something sensible and enforceable. Maybe even something that helps Floridians in pain. But I wouldn’t put the mortgage money on it. This is likely an unforced error that could have been avoided had Florida voters just said no.
The headline in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times on the pot confusions reads “Rules on pot remain hazy.” How appropriate.