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For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2014
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers
jrivers@miamidade.gov
305-245-4420

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss directs County to study the potential impacts of the legalization of medical marijuana on agricultural areas


(MIAMI, FL) - The 2014 Florida Legislative session has closed giving voters several proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution to consider as they go to the polls.  One such bill would allow the use of Marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician.  Recognizing that such legislation, if passed, could have a profound effect on our agricultural community, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss has proposed a resolution directing the Mayor to conduct a study to assess the potential impacts of the legalization of medical marijuana on agricultural areas. This resolution passed on May 6, 2014 by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

Several bills were filed for consideration during the 2014 legislative session including Senate Bill 962 by Senator Jeff Clemens (D – Lake Worth) and House Bill 859 by Representative Joe Saunders (D – Orlando) which would legalize the use of medical marijuana.  A proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution will be on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot.

Miami-Dade County’s agricultural industry employs more than 20,000 people and produces more than $2.7 billion in economic impact per year.  “I sponsored this legislation in response to State bills that were filed and subsequently approved by the House and Senate during the 2014 legislative session,” said Commissioner Moss. “I feel that it would be in the county’s best interest to understand the potential effects on agricultural areas.”