Former Congresswoman and candidate for Florida Governor, Gwen Graham, is calling for a special session to resolve the impasse regarding implementation over the state’s medical marijuana policy.
State lawmakers were unable to find a compromise on the number of dispensaries in the state which could be stood up before the scheduled end of the legislative session. The responsibility will now fall on the department of health to put in place the constitutional amendment that received over 70% of the vote last November.
“I watched my husband battle cancer and the sickening effects of chemotherapy.” Graham said. “Floridians spent years begging the legislature to take action before taking their case to the voters, but once again, the legislature is ignoring them. If the people of Florida give me the honor of serving as governor, their voices will be heard.”
The impasse has lead to finger pointing between legislators in Tallahassee, with concerns that the Department of Health could potentially botch the roll out of medical marijuana, with many patients currently waiting for relief.
“If my kids acted like the legislature when I told them to clean their rooms, they’d still be grounded,” Graham said. “As governor, I will force the legislature to fulfill their responsibilities, including calling them into special session if needed, to enact medical marijuana legalization.”
Graham is one of four candidates officially running for governor including fellow Democrats Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando Businessman Chris King. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is running on the Republican side.