Smokable medical marijuana may be available soon


SARASOTA – A judge defied Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican–led Legislature yesterday and ordered state regulators to get ready for smokable medical marijuana

According to the Herald-Tribune Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers lifted a legal stay prompted by the Scott administration’s appeal of her ruling last month that the state’s current smoke–free law was unconstitutional.

Lawyer John Morgan, who spearheaded the medical marijuana ballot measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2016, said Tuesday that he will ask the Florida Supreme Court to intervene if the state tries to again freeze Gievers’ order with another appeal.

Morgan said smoking marijuana is vital for one of the plaintiffs in the case, Manatee County’s Cathy Jordan,who  at 68 suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Medical marijuana in smokable form may now become available patients in coming months

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at


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