Smoking medical marijuana becomes legal in Florida

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that now makes smokable medical marijuana legal in the Sunshine State, which had been a priority for the Republican governor since taking office in January. However, qualified patients may have to wait a bit before they are prescribed a smokable form of pot.

The state previously had a ban on smoking medical marijuana that was enacted in 2017 and signed by then-Gov. Rick Scott. The bill repeals that ban, which was passed by Florida state legislature Wednesday before it was sent to DeSantis, reports CBS affiliate WKMG-TV.

"Over 70 percent of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016," DeSantis tweetedMonday, referring to a constitutional amendment that passed at the time. "I thank my colleagues in the Legislature for working with me to ensure the will of the voters is upheld."