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Marijuana-related bills moving through Fla. Legislature

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There is one push in the Florida Legislature to legalize medical marijuana, and another to criminalize the pipes it is smoked with.

Legislation aimed at prohibiting the sale of glass and other pipes, commonly called "bongs," sailed through the House Business and Professional Regulation subcommittee on Wednesday.

Also Monday, a bill was filed that bill that would allow people suffering from cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease or other illnesses, to be able to use medical marijuana legally with a doctor's permission.

Rep. Katie Edwards believes medical marijuana can improve the quality of life for sick people and give them more dignity.

This year, that bill has very little chance of passing.

Polls show a majority of Florida voters do support medical marijuana for the very sick, but critics fear too many people would fake sickness to get high.

And social conservatives who oppose efforts to relax drug laws have a lot of clout at the capitol.

In the meantime, there is a push in the legislature to ban bongs. St. Petersburg representative Darryl Rouson is leading the charge.

According to a Senate analysis, the bill excludes wooden pipes, even though wooden pipes are listed.

The bill just passed through Senate committee, and has already passed through two House committees.

Meanwhile, the bill to legalize medical marijuana is stalling, but supporters are trying to get in on a statewide ballot next year.

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