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Disney World recently announced the banning of marijuana in its park grounds. The theme park operators of the "Happiest Place on Earth" also included the prohibition of medical marijuana even as this substance is legal in Florida, Disney World's home turf.
Disney updated its Park Rules page to reflect the marijuana ban. A park spokesperson, however, confirmed the rule included medical marijuana.
"Although some states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal under federal law," the spokesperson said, via Wesh 2 News. "We are revising our rules to clarify that marijuana is not permitted on our property."
Some people carrying legal marijuana, such as cannabis oil for treating medical conditions like epilepsy in children, might find the ruling excessive. After all, this particular marijuana medication requires placing a few drops of oil inside the mouth. There's no actual smoking with cannabis oil.
Matt Morgan, a lawyer who helped devise Amendment 2 or the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, said the revised Disney policy made sense for its business operations. "If someone has a vaporizing pen in their purse, what makes that different than a pill of OxyContin in their purse, and should people be treated differently?" he asked.
Morgan added Disney has a right to impose its own rules. He also said eventually, the rules could be re-revised once medical marijuana becomes more normalized in public.
Currently, Florida lawmakers in both the House and Senate are working to expand its legalized marijuana laws to cover non-smoking marijuana use, such as cannabis oil, for people with terminal illnesses. The amended provisions would allow for individuals to access marijuana as a cure without any dosage restrictions, as per Green Rush Daily. It would also lift restrictions in dispensaries as the rules are limiting as it is.
"We have a responsibility to see the amendment is implemented," Rep. Ray Rodrigues, one of the authors of Florida's marijuana law amendments said, as per Leafly. "But we have to do it in such a way that it complies with the guidance we've been given by the federal government."