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The Jacksonville Beach City Council has taken a step toward banning medical marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in the beachfront city.

The Orange County Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to ban medical marijuana treatment centers in unincorporated parts of the county.

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Florida’s Department of Health has awarded a Homestead-based grower a medical marijuana license.

Amid a legal battle about the issue, a Senate Democrat on Thursday filed a proposal that would undo a ban on patients smoking medical marijuana.

South Florida Nursery Gets Marijuana License

Nov 1, 2017

After a failed attempt at removing the judge from the case, state health officials have agreed to grant a coveted medical-marijuana license to Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms, a Homestead-based grower.

Florida health officials are under fire for the slow implementation of the latest medical marijuana law.  State lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses.

Challenge Could Delay Marijuana ID Outsourcing

Oct 28, 2017
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In a move that will almost certainly rankle already-perturbed lawmakers, a rejected vendor intends to challenge state health officials' hiring of a competitor to process medical-marijuana identification cards.

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Gov. Rick Scott this summer signed into law  a bill that implemented the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Amendment 2, which mandated an expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program.

One requirement of that was the creation of a panel to review all physician certifications submitted to the medical marijuana use registry.

State Tries To Remove Judge In Medical Marijuana Dispute

Oct 13, 2017
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Accusing him of being biased, Florida health officials want Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham removed from a case involving a medical marijuana license.

State Wants To Scuttle Marijuana Smoking Case

Oct 11, 2017
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Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is asking a judge to toss out a challenge to a new law that bars patients from smoking medical marijuana.

The medical marijuana company Surterra Therapeutics is urging state health regulators to take steps to allow edible cannabis treatments.  But the roll out for those rules could still be far off on the horizon.

Agency Pushed To Give Go-Ahead To Edible Marijuana

Oct 3, 2017
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A medical marijuana operator is demanding that the Florida Department of Health develop a regulation so vendors can begin processing and selling edible marijuana products to patients.

State To Miss Deadline For Marijuana Licenses

Oct 2, 2017

Health officials won't be able to meet a legislatively mandated Tuesday deadline to hand out five new medical-marijuana licenses, the head of the state's Office of Medical Marijuana Use said Friday.

Cities Face ‘All Or Nothing’ Choices On Medical Marijuana

Aug 18, 2017
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Florida cities and counties are in a dilemma about pot.

State lawmakers approved regulations in June that left city and county officials with a Hobson's choice about the sale of medical marijuana in their communities.

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The Florida Department of Health has chosen five new marijuana growers in the last few weeks.

Jacksonville Nursery To Join Growing Marijuana Industry

Aug 11, 2017

A longtime Jacksonville nursery has received approval for a coveted medical-marijuana license, as state health officials continue carrying out a new law that resolved key issues about the rapidly emerging cannabis industry.

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Florida has seen a 60 percent surge in the number of patients being treated with medical marijuana since June.

The Tampa City Council Thursday took the first of two votes on a proposed ordinance regulating the sale of medical marijuana inside city limits.

Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana has issued two new cannabis licenses under the terms of a measure passed in this June’s special session.  Jim Eaton is an attorney with one of the new licensees, 3 Boys Farm.

State Issues More Medical Marijuana Licenses

Aug 2, 2017

Two more medical-marijuana businesses have joined seven already licensed by the state, and another three are in the works, as the potentially lucrative industry continues to develop.

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The Florida Board of Medicine is preparing to vote on rules for doctors recommending medical cannabis.

He led the Florida Seminole Tribe when it challenged the U.S. Supreme Court over gaming on tribal lands. The legal victory helped kick start a gambling industry now estimated at more than $33 billion. Now former Seminole Chief James Billie wants to do for marijuana what the tribes achieved for gaming, aiming to make tribal producers the source for marijuana in a growing number of states that have legalized recreational and medical use of the drug.

Even after Florida’s medical marijuana bill became law, some communities are still deciding on the language of their own ordinances.

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Medicinal marijuana dispensaries will be banned from Collier County until at least the end of the year.

Commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to keep the dispensaries from opening in Collier until Dec. 31 to give the county a chance to lobby state lawmakers for more control over the number of dispensaries that could open.

Local officials and cannabis advocates are chafing under Florida’s latest medical marijuana legislation.  But they’re reacting to the new regime in different ways.

Morgan Challenges Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

Jul 7, 2017
Associated Press

Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan on Thursday followed through on threats to sue the state over a smoking ban included in a new law carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

The Department of Health’s new rules for medical marijuana are taking effect.  The provisions carry out a last minute legislative measure approved in a June special session.

 


Felicia Duncan’s 7-year-old daughter Emma has been living with epilepsy for years. She been seizure-free since January thanks to medical marijuana. But it costs her Mom $391 a month.

Orlando International Airport Bans Medical Marijuana

Jun 28, 2017

Despite legislation legalizing medical marijuana, the Orlando International Airport is banning medical marijuana. It’s the only major airport in the state to do so.

Travelers and airport employees will soon see signs warning passengers that bringing medical marijuana into the airport could lead to confiscation.

Talk to people with experience in Colorado and California and they’ll say there’s lots of money to be made in Florida expanding medical marijuana industry, however, 80% of the money will go to people who never have to touch a plant. 

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