Changes To Compassionate Care Act Could Make Vote Likely

04.29.14 | FL News Team

 Recent changes to the State Senate's version of the Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, make a vote likely, according to several legislative sources.
The medical marijuana bill has been stalled in the Senate for several years.
This year,  high public poll numbers and growing support among some Republicans have shifted the dynamic in favor of legalization.
The bill's sponsor on Friday made changes to her bill, which now specifically says which diseases would be allowed to be treated with medical marijuana. Among them, cancer, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy and diabetes.
The new version of the bill also outlaws smoking marijuana if you're under the age of 21. Finally, the changes strengthen regulations on dispensaries and growers. Supporters hope the changes will convince Senate leaders to allow a vote.