Florida governor signs smokable medical pot bill into law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that repeals Florida's ban on use of smokable medical marijuana.

The Republican governor signed the measure Monday, the first bill he has approved since taking office. DeSantis also announced the state is dropping its previous appeal of court rulings that also would have ended the ban.

Voters approved medical marijuana in 2016, but lawmakers banned smokable forms of the plant in a bill signed by then-Gov. Rick Scott. The state was sued over that issue.

Under the new law, smokable medical marijuana would not be available to anyone under 18 unless the patient is terminally ill and if two doctors approve. Among other limitations, it could not be smoked in public or at private businesses subject to a cigarette smoking ban.