Florida is still living in the dark ages when it comes to marijuana – and the possibility of a medical marijuana bill seems to have been killed because lawmakers just can't figure out how to write one, despite nearly half the country already implementing some sort of medical marijuana legislation.
Meanwhile, BioTrackTHC, a Fort Lauderdale-based tech company creating software to manage marijuana inventory in states that have ended prohibition, added the State of New Mexico to its list of clients.
With the New Mexico contract, BioTrack THC spokesperson Phil Bergman says the company now handles two of three state contracts where medical marijuana is regulated by a single, centralized state system. The company also provides tech services for independent cannabis proprietors.
Patrick Vo, co-CEO of BioTrackTHC said in a statement: “We will provide New Mexico with an end-to-end solution that streamlines and automates the department’s processes; satisfies the federal government so they do not feel the need to intervene in the production and distribution of this badly needed medicine; all while establishing a system of controls that makes life easier for the industry’s good actors and locks out the bad ones.”
New Mexico passed medical marijuana legislation back in 2007 and earlier this year, the state voted to decriminalize possessing less than one ounce of marijuana.
Currently, 23 states and D.C. allow people to use medical marijuana. But this week, Florida failed to join them.
Republican state senator Jeff Brandes, who supports medical marijuana legislation, admitted that hope is lost for this year.
“I think the best plan for us is to work on it over the summer, talk to experts in the field, come back with a bill that is well thought-out, well-researched and is something that is the right thing for Florida,” he told the Bradenton Herald on Wednesday, “versus building something in the next couple of days that will have huge unintended consequences.”
For some reason, writing legislation is not that hard for 23 other states. But for now, Florida, where the majority of voters already support medical marijuana, is in the same group as Alabama when it comes to states that can't legalize medical marijuana because its lawmakers "aren't ready."