Florida Vote Medical Marijuana Florida Congressional Scorecard

Three members of the House of Representatives from Florida are not seeking re-election. Reps. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-27th), Tom Rooney (R-17th), and Dennis Ross (R-15th) are all retiring. Governor Rick Scott (R) is challenging Senator Bill Nelson in a tight race for the Senate.

Race to Watch - Florida Agriculture Commissioner

While it may not seem like a position of significance, the race has gotten national attention because candidate Nikki Fried (D) had her Wells Fargo bank account closed due to her ties to the medical cannabis industry. Part of her campaign platform includes expanding Florida’s medical cannabis program, and before entering politics, she ran a lobbying firm that sought to expand access to medical cannabis. You can read more about her platform and campaign here.

Grading criteria is located here.

Senate

     
Senator Party Grade Contact Info
Bill Nelson Democrat C-*  Website - Twitter - Facebook
Senator Nelson, after many years of remaining silent on the issue introduced the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Act, which provides veterans access to medical cannabis through the VA. However, Senator Nelson has not made a larger commitment to patients as a whole so his grade has been adjusted from a "F" to a "C-".
CARERS Act
STATES Act
FY 2017 CJS
Vets Equal Access
2018 Letter to Sessions
2018 Bennett-Gardner Letter
FY19 CJS
Other Cannabis Bills
Public Comments
Score
Grade
 0
10
10
C-*
Marco Rubio Republican F  Website - Twitter - Facebook

CARERS Act
STATES Act
FY 2017 CJS
Vets Equal Access
2018 Letter to Sessions
2018 Bennett-Gardner Letter
FY19 CJS
Other Cannabis Bills
Public
Comments
Score
Grade
 0
10 
0
10
F

 

 

 

 

House

       
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Matt Gaetz Republican 1 A*  Website - Twitter - Facebook
Representative Gaetz assumed office in 2017 so he missed several of the votes included in this rubric. Since joining office Gaetz has been a vocal champion for medical cannabis patients. His bill, the Medical Cannabis Research Act was the first positive cannabis bill to be approved by the Judiciary Committee since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act. Rep. Gaetz has stood up for patients on the house floor and was a speaker at ASA's annual unity conference. His grade has been adjusted from a "C" to an "A" to appropriately reflect his commitment to patients.
2015 CJS 
2016 Approps 
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 0
15
20 
10
10 
55
A*
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Neal Dunn Republican 2 F  Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 0
2.5 
0
0
7.5
C

 

Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Ted Yoho Democrat 3 D+  Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
30
0
0
36
D+
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
John Rutherford Republican 4 F  Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 0
2.5 
0
5
0
14.5
F
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Al Lawson, Jr. Democrat 5 F  Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
0
2.5 
0
0
11.5
F
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Vacant   6    

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
The district was most recently represented by Republican Ron DeSantis, who resigned on September 10, 2018, to focus on his campaign for governor
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Stephanie Murphy D 7 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
0
2.5 
0
0
7.5
F
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Bill Posey Republican 8 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 0
0
0
 2
2
F
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Darren Soto Democrat 9 D Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 0
2.5 
0
0
7.5
C
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Val Butler Demings Democrat 10 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
2.5 
0
0
9.5
F
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Daniel Webster   11   Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Gus Bilirakis Republican 12 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
2.5 
0
0
9.5
F
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Charlie Crist Democrat 13 B-* Website - Twitter - Facebook
Representative Crist introduced the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act which protects federal employees and veterans from employment discrimination when they are complying with state laws. Rep. Crist has hosted several round tables with patients and even invited a medical cannabis patient as his guest to the State of the Union. Rep. Crist's grade has been adjusted from a "D to a "B-".
2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
2.5 
0
15 
10
38.5
B-*
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Kathy Castor Democrat 14 C- Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
30 
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
42
C-
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Dennis Ross Republican 15 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
0
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
10
F
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Vern Buchanan Republican 16 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
10
F
 
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Tom Rooney  R 17   Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Brian Mast  D 18 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 0
2.5 
0
0
4.5
F
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Francis Rooney  R 19 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
0
0
7
F
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Alcee Hastings  D 20 C Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
30 
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
10 
50
C
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Lois Frankel  D 21 C- Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
30 
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
42
C-
         
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Ted Deutch  D 22 C- Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
30 
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
42
C-
         
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Debbie Wasserman Schultz  D 23 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
10
F
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Frederica Wilson  D 24 C Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
30 
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
48
C
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Mario Diaz Balart  R 25 F Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 0
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
10
F
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Carlos Curbelo  R 26 A- Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
30 
2.5 
2.5 
0
20 
10
10 
80
A-
Representative Party District Grade Contact Info
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen  R 27 D+ Website - Twitter - Facebook

2015 CJS
2016 Approps
2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access Amdt to 2017 Approps
Vets Equal Access
and/or
VA MC Research Act
2018 Approps
CARERS Cosponsor
STATES Cosponsor
Other Cannabis Bills
Score
Grade
 30
2.5 
2.5 
0
0
39
D+
         

 


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