TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (970 WFLA)- Sponsors of a bill to allow Florida doctors to prescribe marijuana for their patients admit the plan is going nowhere during the 2013 legislative session.
Representative Katie Edwards, a Democrat from Plantation, says they haven't even been able to get the bill heard in committee.
It's called the "Cathy Jordan Medicinal Cannabis Act," naming the measure after a woman who uses pot to deal with the symptoms of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Edwards said at the time she and a colleague filed the measure, they knew it was a long-shot, but said she was "deeply disappointed" by the absolute lack of action from lawmakers.
"The legislature has missed a key opportunity to begin a serious dialog about the future of medical cannabis in our state," she said.
Jordan is a resident of Manatee County. She's confined to a wheelchair and says regular marijuana use is the only reason she'll still alive after 18 years with A-L-S.
As matters stand in the 2013 legislative session, there are no scheduled hearings or workshops on the measure.
For her part, Edwards says if lawmakers won't face up to the problem, the people will.
Backers of a medical marijuana amendment to the state constitution are working to get the issue on the ballot next November.
At least one prominent supporter, Orlando attorney John Morgan, says he has the resources to mount the kind of campaign that will be required to call the proposal to the public's attention.