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Medical Cannabis Regulations Take Effect

Bokske via Wikimedia Commons
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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.

Lawmakers needed a special session to approve language implementing a voter-approved medical marijuana amendment.  Now the Department of Health is stepping in to put the law into effect.  They’ll oversee a number of changes including the elimination of a 90-day waiting period and the expansion of how much patients can get at one time.   In the coming months they’ll also license 10 new medical marijuana treatment centers.  Meanwhile a number of cities are considering ordinances banning retail outlets because the new law requires local governments treat dispensaries like pharmacies for zoning purposes.

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.