One of the biggest issues right now when it comes to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Florida is the ability to legally grow your own marijuana (medical or otherwise). There are multiple arguments for and against the ability to legally grow your own marijuana currently going through the legal process.
One of the most important legal battles is the Florigrown case. Joe Redner has stage 4 lung cancer and his doctor recommends a way of processing medical marijuana that is not currently offered by the state’s dispensaries. Therefore, logically, the only way for him to be able to follow his doctor’s orders would be to grow his own so it could be processed while fresh. While this is doctors recommended, it’s legally denied… again and again and again. Joe Redner will continue to battle this case, both for himself and for the rest of us.
There have been multiple efforts to get bills passed into law that would legalize recreational marijuana, some of them including the ability to legally grow your own marijuana at home. The most popular effort, Make It Legal Florida, does not include homegrow. This concerns many of those who want to grow at home because it is feared that should MILF (ugh, did it really have to be MILF?) pass, residents will never be able to legally grow their own marijuana.
I may not be a farmer, but in my personal opinion we should absolutely be able to grow our own marijuana. That would mean medical marijuana patients could grow their own and when recreational passes (and it’s a matter of when, not if,) they’d be able to grow their own too. That’s not the case right now, and it looks like Florida is doing everything it can to keep it that way.