Amendment 2

The medical marijuana provisions implementing amendment two are trudging ahead in the House and Senate.  But the chambers’ proposals remain very different.

The ball appears to finally be rolling for medical marijuana in the Florida legislature.  After tacking on a handful of amendments, legislation is advancing in the state Senate.

This week lawmakers begin untangling their ideas for medical cannabis.  State senators have proposed five different measures.

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Florida health officials who oversee the medical marijuana program have started processing identification card applications for patients and caregivers.

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it? 


The Florida Department of Health is working to implement Amendment 2 as soon as possible. But public hearings have been contentious across the state. The raucous meetings were standing room only, with crowds cheering and booing.


The Florida Department of Health held workshops across the state this week to get input from the public about how best to implement Amendment 2, which expands the use of medical marijuana.

Florida voters passed it last November, but state officials are still trying to work out regulations.

Leon County Commissioners want to be sure they have a plan in place as medical marijuana becomes more accessible and the state works out its rules stemming from Amendment Two. Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley says it makes sense to get started now.

The Department of Health is spending the week on the road—taking comment on new rules for the medical cannabis industry.

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There’s a lot of confusion in Florida when it comes to medical marijuana.

There are existing laws, Amendment 2 that was passed by voters but still needs to go through the legislature, and somewhere in between, the Florida Department of Health is issuing rules.

The Florida Department of Health and a Republican state senator are offering drastically different visions for the future of medical cannabis in the state.  It could set the stage for a contentious rollout of last year’s Amendment Two.

Expanded access to medical cannabis in Florida goes into effect on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The result of voters passing Amendment 2 in November, the new laws will significantly expand what medical conditions qualify for medical marijuana, but the rules to fully implement Amendment 2 are still months away.

Jamie Howe has been disabled for years after complications from a gastric bypass surgery, and was diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which she said causes debilitating pain.

After opiates put her in the hospital and then into rehab, she looked to marijuana to alleviate the pain.

Florida's Legislature is beginning the process of figuring out how to implement Amendment 2, which allows for the legalization of medical marijuana.

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Florida has legalized medical marijuana. But one big question: Where will those dispensaries go? And how much control will local governments have to regulate medical marijuana?

Juan Cruz is a smartly dressed 15 year old Deltona boy: Black ball cap, bow tie, jeans and sneakers.

Sitting on a comfy leather couch, he’s handed a blue bag with his latest prescription: An orange-flavored medical marijuana spray with 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams CBD per dose. He pulls it out of the bag.

The Vice President of Florida Sheriffs Association is weighing in on the passage of Amendment 2—allowing for the expansion of medical marijuana in Florida.

Florida voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state’s constitution expanding the availability of medical marijuana.

That’s two years after lawmakers passed the state’s first medical cannabis law.


Medical Marijuana Passage Creates Green Rush

Nov 14, 2016
Cherie Diez / Tampa Bay Times

Florida voters' overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients may have spurred a green rush into the state by investors eager to cash in on what will soon be the nation's second-largest pot market.

Medical Marijuana Soars To Approval

Nov 9, 2016

Stunning even some of the proposal's most avid supporters, Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a broad swath of conditions.

On Saturday, just a few days before the election, the Florida Cannabis Coalition will hold “Canna-Day Tampa Bay” to educate people about medical marijuana.

WESH

United For Care’s John Morgan and substance abuse counselor Jessica Spencer squared off Tuesday night in a televised medical marijuana debate.

Democratic Party Spending Big To Aid Medical Marijuana Amendment

Oct 16, 2016
Cherie Diez / Tampa Bay Times

The Florida Democratic Party has spent $200,000 during the past month to back a proposed constitutional amendment that would broadly legalize medical marijuana, according to records posted on the state Division of Elections website.

Money Pouring Into Marijuana Committees

Oct 10, 2016
Associated Press

With time running out before the November election, campaign finance reports show that committees on both sides of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida received major cash infusions last week.

Pro-Marijuana Group Gets $1M Boost

Oct 3, 2016
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Supporters of a constitutional amendment that would broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida received a $1 million boost this week from a political committee focused on similar initiatives in other states.

The Florida Department of Health has 90 days to decide which five nurseries will be allowed to grow low-THC medical marijuana in Florida. 

Proponents of medical marijuana began an encore campaign for legalization Friday, filing a rewritten ballot measure just two months after one narrowly failed to pass.

Backers of the initial constitutional amendment appeared to have a wave of support on their side, but fell short of the 60 percent threshold needed as a surge of ads emerged claiming the measure's language was riddled with holes.

New language about how doctors would prescribe medical marijuana is part of a new constitutional amendment filed Thursday by Orlando attorney John Morgan, the News Service of Florida reports. The 2016 proposed amendment clarifies that doctors must get a parent's permission before prescribing medical marijuana to a child. There's also a more specific list of diseases that would qualify for the alternative form of treatment, according to the News Service.

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Supporters of medical marijuana may have lost their fight at the ballot box, but they're promising to take it back to the statehouse.

A day after Amendment 2 narrowly failed in Florida, the chairman and chief financier of the initiative said Wednesday that if lawmakers didn't successfully pursue the issue, it would be back before voters in 2016.

"This is just the first battle and I plan to win the war," said Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, who led the charge to pass the initiative, in part because of the suffering of his quadriplegic brother.

After a slew of negative ads, Florida voters failed to pass an amendment that would have legalized medical marijuana, the News Service of Florida reports. 

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