Medical marijuana is a topic of heated debate again in the state of Florida.

Members of the Joint Committee on Medical Marijuana met last week to begin developing the practice standards that Florida-licensed physicians must follow when ordering smokable pot.

The panel, composed of members of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, was not happy to say the least.

Joint committee member Jorge Lopez, a physician from Maitland, said smoking is toxic and that the medical boards shouldn’t be in a position of condoning the behavior.

Committee chairwoman Sandra Schwemmer said the boards could use the rules to discipline rogue doctors who don’t abide by the standards that ultimately are adopted.

Ed Tellechea, who serves as the Board of Medicine’s general counsel assured committee members that they are required to follow the Legislature’s direction and pass the rules.

The Joint Committee on Medical Marijuana is set to meet again March 11 and April 15 in an attempt to finalize the rules in time for a July 1 deadline mandated by the Legislature.

In even worse news, Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby told reporters on Thursday that the Florida Senate may be willing to place a cap on the amount of allowable euphoria-inducing THC in medical-marijuana products.

The Senate until now has opposed the THC caps.

“I think we have a lot of senators that would support an idea like that,” Simpson said of the caps. “I do think there’s a lot of support for that type of limit.”

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