Disney World says it is “the happiest place on earth.” But it won’t be very happy for medical marijuana patients. The theme park just announced that it will ban cannabis. The ban could be a response to new changes in Florida’s laws.
Disney World’s Ban On Cannabis
Walt Disney World, which is located in Orlando, Florida, quietly updated its website recently. It added “marijuana” to the list of items not allowed in the park. This is the first time Disney World has specifically barred cannabis. The ban raises some questions. The biggest ones are how the ban would work in light of Florida’s medical marijuana program.
“Although some states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” a Disney spokesperson told local sources. “We are revising our rules to clarify that marijuana is not permitted on our property.”
The ban appears to bar all forms of marijuana use. Many medical cannabis patients medicate without smoking. Oils, tinctures, topicals, edibles and other methods give patients alternative ways to use medical marijuana. But Disney World has not differentiated between different forms of weed. As a result, the ban includes non-smokable medical products as well. And this has raised some concerns.
“But to the extent that they’d go through someone’s personal belongings to search for that, I think that’s when the public might start having an issue with it,” said attorney Matt Morgan. “So for instance, 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?”
Medical Marijuana In Florida
Disney’s ban comes as Florida changes its medical marijuana laws. Last fall, voters said yes to Amendment 2. That expands the state’s medical cannabis program. Before Amendment 2, only patients with terminal illnesses could use medical weed. But now, the new law lets patients with other conditions use cannabis. It also gives doctors more freedom to prescribe it.
Florida lawmakers are now working to finalize the new program. They are currently debating a couple key points. The types of medicine patients are allowed to use is one of the most important questions on the table. One proposal would let patients use only vaporizers or edibles. Critics say this is too limiting. They believe medical marijuana patients should be allowed to smoke cannabis as well.
The Final Hit
Florida’s legislative session ends this Friday. Lawmakers are trying to hammer out details before then. Regardless of what happens at the capitol, medical marijuana patients visiting Disney World will not be allowed to medicate.