Gov. Scott vetoes funding for marijuana research

By: Mike Vasilinda; Capitol News Service
June 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Among the $409 million in projects vetoed by Governor Rick Scott, there were three items that would have provided over three million dollars to Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida.

The state budget called for the money to be used to begin studying medical marijuana and its effects.

Research on how cannabis works and any potential side effects is limited due to classification as a dangerous drug under federal law. In May, Senator Bill Galvano pushed for lawmakers to change this classification and get answers.

“I want to know the real effects. What are the negative effects? What are the downsides?” said Sen. Galvano.

Lawmakers responded by proposing two million dollars for the University of Florida and just over one million dollars for Moffitt Cancer Center, but the

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