On Friday, a Florida judge announced that she will hear arguments over a suit involving a new law which barred the smoking of marijuana.
The law was added after the passage of Amendment 2 in Florida, which lawmakers say was too broad and did not specify “smoking” as an acceptable way to consumer medical marijuana.
The judge, Circuit Judge Karen Gievers, has scheduled the hearing for Jan. 25th.
The hearing will go a long way towards settling a key dispute which has dominated the argument over legalizing marijuana in Florida. The measure to ban smoking was included in the legislature’s measure to execute Amendment 2 which stated openly that medical marijuana should become legal in the Sunshine State.
Proponents of this law argue that smoking marijuana is not necessary to benefit from its medicinal properties. Because THC is not the primary ingredient of pot which grants relief to several extreme neurological conditions, low-THC and pill versions of the drug suffice.
The conservative legislature is often caught between what is, clearly, the will of their constituents and the presumed traditionalism of their constituents. Of course, polling throughout the state has always suggested the modern anti-pot generation never really existed.