Judge rules medical marijuana can now be smoked in Florida

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A prominent Florida attorney announced Friday that medical marijuana can now legally be smoked in the state.

Attorney John Morgan has been a long-time vocal advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida.

He tweeted on Friday evening that a judge in Leon County ruled the ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional.

“Qualifying patients have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for treatment of debilitating medical conditions as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places,” the order reads.

Bob Jordan and his wife Cathy still can’t believe the judge’s ruling.

“Still hasn’t sunk in yet. I mean I’ve heard it, you’re here interviewing us, and I know it happened but it’s almost unbelievable,” said Bob.

They’ve been married for more than 30 years and for most of that time, Cathy has been using medical marijuana to keep her Lou Gehrig’s Disease at bay.

Bob and Cathy recently testified in Tallahassee.

“Have any doctors told you, you should not smoke medical marijuana?” Cathy was asked.

“Never,” she responded. “An actually more interested in how healthy I am after having ALS for so long.”

The Florida Department of Health has appealed the ruling and the appeal imposes an automatic stay.

The Jordans’ victory was short lived, but they knew the appeal was a possibility and they are ready for another fight in Tallahassee.

The DOH released this statement:

This ruling goes against what the legislature outlined when they wrote and approved Florida’s law to implement the constitutional amendment that was approved by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority. The department has appealed the ruling and the appeal imposes an automatic stay.

You can read the full order from the Leon County judge here.

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