medical marijuana

Marijuana Bill Moves To Full Senate

11 hours ago
Associated Press

Florida patients wouldn't have to wait 90 days to purchase marijuana if doctors recommend the treatment, under a proposal on its way to the Senate floor for a vote.

Medical marijuana measures in the House and Senate are heading to the floor.  Lawmakers are making some last minute adjustments ahead of negotiations.

Medical Marijuana Bill Headed To Full House

Apr 25, 2017

A House medical-marijuana plan sponsored by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues is ready for a floor vote after a key committee approved the proposal (HB 1397) late Monday afternoon.

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

Cannabis Compromise Will Prohibit Smoking

Apr 19, 2017
Associated Press

Florida patients may be able to vape or munch on medical-marijuana products but they almost certainly won't be allowed to light up joints or take bong hits, under a compromise being worked on by House and Senate leaders.

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.

Senate Looks To Add Medical Marijuana Licenses

Apr 4, 2017

With the bill sponsor saying it "faithfully" carries out a constitutional amendment that voters passed in November, a Senate committee Monday approved a bill that would revamp Florida's medical-marijuana laws.

Patients are coming out in opposition to plans in the Florida House to implement a medical marijuana amendment.

House Panel Pushes Forward On Medical Marijuana

Mar 29, 2017
WMFE

Pledging that it is only a start, a Florida House panel gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a medical-marijuana proposal castigated by supporters of a constitutional amendment that legalized cannabis for a broad swath of patients with debilitating conditions.

At least six competing plans ranging from the most restrictive to the most permissive expansions of medical marijuana in Florida are working their way through the state Legislature. And the division is wearing down the patience of state residents, who overwhelmingly supported the measure.


Senators spent Wednesday afternoon kicking the tires on a medical marijuana proposal backed by Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley.

St. Johns County officials want to hear what residents think about potential medical marijuana regulations.

Time is of the essence to pass local rules, with several marijuana bills up for consideration in Tallahassee this legislative session.

Senate Set To Put Together Marijuana Plan

Mar 23, 2017
Cherie Diez / Tampa Bay Times

More growers, access to treatment for snowbirds and greater flexibility in the relationship between patients and doctors are among the items likely to be included in a Senate proposal to carry out a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November to broadly legalize medical marijuana.

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Florida senators will begin hashing out possible medical marijuana laws this week.

Lawmakers Support Medical Marijuana Research

Mar 15, 2017
WMFE

A House budget panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would send $2.462 million to the University of Florida for research about issues such as the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating patients.

The Hillsborough County Commission is jumping ahead of the state legislature by creating a framework for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Moffitt Could Be A Marijuana Research Hub

Mar 7, 2017
Moffitt Cancer Center

As lawmakers struggle to carry out a voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized marijuana for a broad swath of patients with debilitating conditions, a prominent senator is backing a proposal that would create a medical cannabis research hub at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

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

The Justice Department may step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its recreational use, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"I do believe think you'll see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said, during his daily press briefing. He added that the Department of Justice will be looking into the issue further.

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.


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Three months after Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment on medical marijuana, state health officials and prospective pot-seeking patients are at odds over proposed rules that would spell out who could get marijuana.

The Department of Health spent a week touring the state to get feedback on their draft rule for Amendment Two.  The department’s cautious approach for implementing the medical cannabis initiative is raising the ire of would be patients.

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.

The Florida Department of Health held its first workshop Monday in Jacksonville to discuss proposed medical marijuana rules after voters approved Amendment 2 last year.

The hearing at the county health department was the first of five this week regarding the rules in Florida.

In the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers will debate how to implement the state’s new medical marijuana regulations. 71% of voters approved a measure to allow more patients to access the drug. One of the top fundraisers behind the effort wants to see more competition in the industry.

A new bill filed Wednesday has the potential to completely revamp Florida’s medical marijuana system – and remove caps on the number of growers.

The Senate has a new, competing proposal for implementing amendment two.  The proposal throws out Florida’s current medical marijuana statutes and starts over.

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