But while prohibitionists used the Licata killings to spread misinformation about marijuana use and the psychology of its users in the following years to enact strict marijuana laws across the country, even decades later the Licata murders were still being referenced for political purposes, as seen in the United Nations' 1966 Bulletin of Narcotics report, "Marijuana and Crime," which relied on long debunked mischaracterizations of marijuana's influence on Licata and his crime.
It wasn't until March 20, 2014 that Florida marijuana laws were revised with the passage of CS/HB 843, also known as the Charlotte's Web measure, which allowed so called low-THC / high-CBD marijuana of 0.5 percent or less THC and more than 15 percent CBD for medicinal use.
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Two years later, Amendment 2 was again on the ballot and this time easily passed with over 71 percent of the vote on November 8, 2016. Aiming to help alleviate the pains associated with debilitating diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson's and others, the law gave doctors the ability to prescribe marijuana to qualifying patients, but, strangely enough, smoking marijuana was not allowed -- the law included provisions that allowed only vaping, edibles and other applications such as oils, sprays, and pills. It took almost two years for a challenge to hit the courts when Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled the ban on smoking unconstitutional, and a year later in March 2019 a new bill removed the smoking ban once and for all for all medical marijuana patients.