Too many lives have been ruined over marijuana arrests. Decriminalizing the possession of marijuana is long overdue — but doesn’t go far enough.
Nine U.S. states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Another 20 states have legalized just medical marijuana, including Florida, which did so through a state constitutional amendment that received the support of 71 percent of voters in 2016.
Florida officials have done a terrible job implementing the amendment, putting roadblocks in the way of patients seeking to use marijuana to treat pain and other symptoms of debilitating diseases. The state had prohibited patients from accessing marijuana