Florida GOP lawmakers shoot down bid to allow smoking of medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida legislators are spending their second day of a special session wrangling over money for public schools and medical marijuana.

House Democrats on Thursday wanted to allow the smoking of medical marijuana, saying that’s what voters wanted when they approved an amendment last November.

But House Republicans rejected the push and pointed out they are poised to approve a bill that allows vaping of marijuana.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered legislators back to town to boost money for public schools and to set aside more money for his top priorities. But Scott and legislative leaders expanded the agenda of the session to pass a bill that would implement the medical marijuana amendment.

The House and Senate are still at odds over key budget provisions. They have until Friday night to reach a deal.