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Disney Just Banned Cannabis From Disneyland, Disney World

May 4, 2017
Last updated May 5, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

Medical marijuana might have the support of millions in California and Florida, but there are still plenty of places where it’s not allowed. One of those places, according to a new policy, is Disney World in Orlando. Another is “The Happiest Place on Earth”—Disneyland in Southern California.

The Orlando amusement park updated its website Thursday morning to specifically list “marijuana” as a prohibited item, a change reported by WESH 2 News. Disneyland’s website remained silent on cannabis until later that day, after Leafly News contacted the park to inquire about its policies.

“The answer is the same for both coasts and we are in the process of updating the park rules,” Disneyland’s media communications manager, Melissa Britt, told Leafly. By Thursday afternoon, marijuana had been added to Disneyland’s list of prohibited items on the park’s rules page. The prohibition appears to apply to all forms of cannabis, and it does not distinguish between medical and nonmedical marijuana.

“What makes that different than a pill of Oxycontin in their purse?”
Matt Morgan, Orlando attorney

“We are revising our rules to clarify that marijuana is not permitted on our property,” a Disney spokesperson told WESH 2 News when asked about the change. “Although some states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal under federal law.”

Orlando attorney Matt Morgan, a legalization advocate who fought to pass Florida’s Amendment 2 to allow medical marijuana in the state, told WESH he’s not surprised by the decision. Allowing medical cannabis into the park, he explained, could become a nuisance to the general public.

“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,” Morgan told the station. “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?”


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One reason for the difference could be based on the misconception that cannabis consumption necessarily involves smoking. Disney understandably wouldn’t want people smoking inside of the park, Morgan said, but many medical marijuana patients consume cannabis simply by placing a few drops of oil under their tongues.

As Disney World moves to ban medical marijuana from the park, patients throughout Florida are watching as lawmakers continue to overhaul the voter-approved Amendment 2. Some, however, have criticized the process as two steps forward, one steps back.


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“We have listened and we have worked hard to create a patient-centered process,” Florida House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero) told local media in response to complaints.  “We believe this bill makes it easier for patients to obtain their medical marijuana.”



May 4, 2017, 6:04 p.m. — A Disney spokesperson tells Leafly News that the ban on cannabis also applies to Disneyland in California.

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  • Derek Snider

    What next? Banning insulin, or is it banned already? I would imagine Disney patrons would be far more off-put by seeing someone inject themselves with an insulin needle than take a few drops of cannabis oil, or to use a vape-pen in one of Disney’s designed smoking areas.

    How can Disney justify having designated (recreational) cigarette smoking areas, but not allow use of doctor prescribed medical cannabis?

    • James Mike Garcia

      Good point

  • Barbara Brown

    I suggest you all work hard at turning this into a PR nightmare for these ignorant bastards.

  • imagine it being legal therby needing no law to make it “easier for patients to obtain their medicine”

  • DrJustinG

    This is unfortunate. Definitely a regressive decision by the Disney corporation, but it only directs the actual problem towards the federal government. Once their decision on the matter has been changed, the rest of the country will be more willing to accept this.

    Don’t worry friends, keep fighting intelligently for this and eventually it will become reality.

    • HappyTruth

      Once the Demander In Thief is out, maybe.

  • Sandy Fields

    The price to attend one of these parks is OUTRAGEOUS! I went to Disney as a child and truly enjoyed myself. I’m over 50 now, HAVE THE MONEY TO SPEND, but WILL NOT spend a dime to support this corporation’s greed. Screw Disney – It’s boring. Go skydiving or scuba diving, or surfing, or something REAL. Amusement rides are soooo 50’s era. Hit roller coaster parks if your craving rides, but Disney is for little ones under the age of 12 and adults that refuse to face reality and still believe the president is in charge.

  • David Dickson

    Don’t you guys moderate these comments. Drug dealers advertising in comments? Also, if I go to Disneyland, I’d be pissed to smell pot around children.

    • Sandy Fields

      I totally agree; having a doobie lit up in line is not cool around kiddies. That is exactly what I’m saying. There is a place for everything and I as a patient and former recreational user I don’t think this belongs were young children will be. BUT, THE CORPORATION TO RALLY AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA AS A WHOLE is off base! To use their theme park as an “excuse” to “say not to drugs” is lame. BUT HEY, THEY SERVE BEER ON THE PREMISES. That’s OK? Alcohol is POISON compared to marijuana. Do the research on my comment – don’t bitch at me just because I’m educated on the subject of Alcohol abuse compared to cannabis abuse. That isn’t the argument. It’s the double standard that Disney supports.

      • .zb

        Well yeah, you can’t take a beer with you around the park, why would they allow weed? Alcohol is legal but you don’t see people chuggin jack Daniels in line so you?!

    • alacrity

      that’s what edibles are for.

    • HappyTruth


    • Garkag

      I’m more pissed at cig smoke and all the diabetes.

  • DoomedNY

    Just wait until they see my weed themed amusement park, DizzyLand

  • Mark Skinner

    Really, who the fuck wants to take marijuana to fucking Disneyland ?

  • Keith Moore

    It would be irresponsible of Disney to allow weed at any of their parks. Disneyland is a place for children to be safe and have fun.
    Who in there right mind would endorse having an unknown quantity of high adults walking around a park filled with potentially dangerous equipment.
    If you can’t go a few days without weed in order to take your children to Disneyland you need to reevaluate your priorities.

    • HappyTruth

      Oh look! It’s Jeff Sessions!

    • Michaela Whitney

      There’s an unknown amount
      of high adults there all the time. Acid, ecstasy, weed is the benign thing to be on there.

    • .zb

      What about all the booze they serve there? That leads to violence, rowdy behavior. Weed is benign.

    • Super Jeepin

      I don’t need weed for fun. I want weed for fun. 😉

  • michael gale

    have they also banned medical nitrogen heart medication? “come have fun, but do it in pain”. – Disney
    I curse the corporate idiot and all they love to know what pain of osteoarthritis birth defect causes (FOREVER).
    essentially they just banned people with a birth defect that has no cure.

  • alacrity

    nothing ruins a good buzz faster than the “It’s a Small World” ride.

    • HappyTruth

      I love riding that high. The song is really kinda dark if you’ve ever focused on the lyrics.

  • Xylem

    Considering how many times I’ve gotten high in one of Disney’s theme parks, this shouldn’t present much of a problem for anyone with an imagination.

  • Willie B Williams

    Dang can we have just a few places where we can take the kids and they remain kids and not make every little battle a war. I love smoking vaping bong joint bowel u name it i consume hella pot but 4 the day and my kids happiness i can chug a browine and not have to Combust sheesh be grown ups granny and her cataracts will be just fine

  • Chaddy Liquor Tits

    Disney is a big pile of shit, always has been and always will be.

  • HappyTruth

    You’d have to be high to pay Disney’s absorbent prices just to wait in a bunch of 2 hour lines for a day.

    • justadbeer

      Haha…you got that right. Best comment of the day!

    • .zb

      Yup…go to Europe or some place with some friggin culture

  • Michaela Whitney

    It’s not that hard to sneak contraband into the parks even with the searchable security,believe me it’s not that through. haha.

    • .zb

      They look through your bag and walk you through a metal detector. So keep your weed in your pocket with no metal and you’re good

  • Cin Abington

    Florida is a wasteland. Wouldn’t wanta go there, would never think of living there. Populated by a bunch of stale old farts blowing in the wind.

  • Cannabis has been banned for a long time and not just in theme parks…

    Banning stuff never works 😉

  • James Mike Garcia

    They say you can’t smoke it but they didn’t say you can use it other ways

  • Super Jeepin

    No problems, I’ll just be taking my very important “prescription” medication in a very prescription medication looking container. It’s for my health, I’ll have you know.