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Cherie Diez / Tampa Bay Times

Siding with the state Department of Health, an appeals court Tuesday at least temporarily blocked a Tampa businessman from being able to grow marijuana as he seeks to prevent a relapse of lung cancer.

Marijuana Rules Become Issue In Budget Plan

Mar 9, 2018

Lawmakers agreed Thursday to withhold more than $1.9 million from the Florida Department of Health until it implements rules necessary to carry out the state’s medical-marijuana laws.

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


Knox Medical is the fourth organization to receive authorization to distribute low-THC medical marijuana in the state of Florida.

Senators Will Look At Implementation For Medical Marijuana

Dec 6, 2016

About a month after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment to broadly legalize medical marijuana, a Senate panel next week will start looking at how to carry out the requirement.


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.

Nursery Seeks License For Selling Medical Marijuana Products

Oct 11, 2016

A nursery that lost out by four one-thousandths of a point to a competitor is now trying to persuade an administrative law judge that the Central Florida business deserves a highly sought-after license to sell medical marijuana products.

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.

Although the Department of Health has awarded licenses to grow cannabis, patients could still be waiting more than nine months for treatment.  But one of the nurseries is hoping to push that timeline forward.

The Florida Department of Health announced Monday which five nurseries will participate in the state’s first medical marijuana program.

This is a step toward getting the program up and running, since it was signed into law about a year and a half ago.  

Patients will still have to wait months to receive the final product.

Two Republican lawmakers are pitching a moderate expansion of the medical marijuana system they pushed through the Legislature almost two years ago.  The measure removes limits on potency, but only for terminally ill patients.

Medical marijuana supporters have had a singular focus in making their case to voters across Florida: sick and suffering patients.

Many backers also see the money at stake in the debate over Amendment 2.

Thousands have attended workshops about how to start marijuana businesses. Farmland filled with tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers awaits the possibility of being replanted with a new leafy green. And entrepreneurs ready to offer everything from legal services to cannabis-infused chocolate-covered pretzels stand by for a chance to expand into the fourth-largest state.

Need an example of how incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, are trying to attract every possible vote?

Ask them about medical marijuana. Neither candidate avoids the issue. But they do play it safe.

  “I’m going to vote against it. But it’s going to be on the ballot. All the citizens of the state have the right to vote whichever way they think,” Scott told Tampa’s Fox 13 News this past June.

And there’s Crist, no stranger to the well-rehearsed reply.

Brother Is Medical Marijuana Inspiration

Sep 21, 2014

One of the main reasons millionaire attorney John Morgan has put his money and efforts into the cause is someone very near and dear to him. Younger brother Tim Morgan doesn’t go to the rallies, but if he did, you would recognize him as the one with the big smile, a wheelchair and a living reason for the need for medical marijuana.

...He is the living embodiment for what medical marijuana can do to improve quality of life, and the reason why his big brother John has spent millions of dollars and traveled thousands of miles to debate and promote the effort to make this happen.

This November, voters in Florida will decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana.  Recently, The Ledger of Lakeland hosted a forum on Amendment 2. The forum was moderated by Lenore Devore, the paper's editor, and featured Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Orlando attorney John Morgan.

The worst day of John Morgan's life was when his brother snapped his neck diving into a Walt Disney World lagoon while working as a lifeguard. It left him a quadriplegic.

That day also set Morgan, the man behind Florida's medical marijuana ballot initiative, on a course that would make him a wealthy and locally famous personal injury lawyer.

Forget the snickers and puns being made about Florida’s medical marijuana amendment. Amendment 2 is a serious, serious issue for people whose loved ones could see painful medical side effects lessened by using cannabis, Gary Stein says in Context Florida

His own mother’s cancer treatment in Michigan led him to explore the use of medical marijuana, where he wondered, “What would you do to save the life of someone you love?”

Moms Rally to Legalize Medical Marijuana - For Their Kids

Aug 22, 2014

In June, the state legislature legalized an oil form marijuana called Charlotte’s Web for medicinal use.

It doesn’t have a lot of THC - the substance that gets a user “high,” but it is supposed to have certain medicinal benefits.

A new organization of moms, though, say that’s not enough. They are rallying to get Amendment 2 passed in November. It would legalize a broader spectrum of medicinal marijuana.

FMA Opposes Pot Amendment

Aug 5, 2014

The group that represents Florida's doctors is coming out against a proposal to allow medical marijuana in the state.

Florida voters will vote this November on a measure authorizing medical marijuana. The Florida Medical Association on Monday announced it was opposed to Amendment 2.

The group that represents physicians said in a statement that there are "unintended consequences" linked to the proposal that create a health risk. The FMA contended that the amendment would allow health care providers with no training to order medical marijuana.

Horticulturists across Florida are wondering if the state’s approval of a strain of medical marijuana can translate into new business, the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.

Gov. Rick Scott says he will sign the “Charlotte’s Web” bill into law, allowing a handful of growers to produce the liquid form of cannabis that is linked to the controlling of seizures of some children.

Poll: 88% Back Medical Marijuana

May 6, 2014

Nearly 9 out of 10 Floridians support the medical use of marijuana, and the possible users may be predominately younger than traditional patients, according to two new reports.

Monday’s Quinnipiac University poll found 88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to use marijuana for medical purposes if a doctor prescribes it. Support is over 80 percent for all age groups.

Medical marijuana initiatives being considered by the Florida Legislature and federal officials would control the quality and quantity of a drug that can help thousands of sick Floridians, Context Florida columnist Gary J. Stein says. 

Unlike prescription drugs, especially opiates, marijuana wasn’t a cause of overdose deaths in the most recent reporting period, he says.