State Ordered To Pay Legal Fees In Pot Dispute

Dec 6, 2019
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An administrative law judge Thursday ordered the Florida Department of Health to pay $50,000 in attorney fees to a company that successfully challenged a rule related to medical-marijuana licenses. 

New Hemp Industry Buoyed By CBD Demand

Jul 29, 2019
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Hemp has been hyped as a lifesaver for Florida farmers, touted as a versatile crop that can be used to build houses, feed livestock and create clothing. 

State officials have heralded hemp as a new wonder crop.  But the plant’s recent legalization is complicating efforts to prosecute marijuana-related charges, and has left police and prosecutors alike scrambling for a solution.

Marijuana, it seems, is not a performance-enhancing drug. That is, at least, not among young people, and not when the activity is learning.

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The first medical marijuana dispensary in Florida is slated to open.

Expert: Pot Is $4.5 Billion Industry In The United States

May 10, 2016
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Retails sales of marijuana in the United States are expected to be $4.5 billion this year, but constant changes in state regulations are creating hurdles for business people trying to make money off pot.

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Volusia County officials are expected to discuss decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana today.

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Leaders in Alachua County are considering whether to lighten the penalties for marijuana possession.

Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to have the county attorney investigate a change that would let officers treat marijuana possession as a civil infraction.

The Gainesville Sun ( http://bit.ly/1JhjAv3 ) reports Commissioner Lee Pinkoson emphasized that such a change would not decriminalize marijuana. Instead, law enforcement officers would have leeway in giving a compliant, first-time offender a civil citation rather than a criminal one.

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 Florida Department of Health's proposed rule for the cultivation and sale of a certain type of low-THC medical marijuana garnered a slew of suggested changes and complaints during a Monday workshop in Tallahassee, the News Service of Florida reports.

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The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is heating up, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Some polls show enough public support to get the signatures needed to get it on the ballot next year, and the initiative has the financial support of attorney John Morgan of “For The People” advertising fame. But opponents, including St.