Jacksonville lawmakers are introducing invoice to control the accessibility of medical marijuana

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After years serving as the Jacksonville ward organizer, Rep. Angie Nixon now represents Duval Counties in the north and northwest as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.

Nixon ousted two-year MP Kimberly Daniels in November’s Democratic primary last year and faced no challenger in the general election.

Since arriving in Tallahassee before the Florida legislature began, Nixon has taken the first step.

She has since appended her name to HB 593, a bill filed in January that affects retail medical marijuana stores.

“It’s a two-part issue,” Nixon told Kent Justice this week in Jacksonville. “Right now, medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida, but only the introduction was really, really ridiculous, bad, miserable.”

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Nixon said there is currently vertical integration within the industry, meaning that only those who grow and process marijuana can sell it. She said her bill would allow more people to own pharmacies and make it more accessible for those prescribed medical marijuana.

“We know Florida is all about job creation, and hopefully this bill will be passed to address those concerns,” said Nixon.

The bill would also include criminal sanctions for certain unlicensed activities.

There is an accompanying bill in the Florida Senate, SB 562, sponsored by Democrat Perry Thurston.

You can watch her full interview about the bill and her life in Tallahassee this week in Jacksonville, Sunday at 9 a.m. on Channel 4 and noon on CW17.

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