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FL: Sen. Galvano Says Cancer Center Could Be Site For Medical Marijuana Research

Manatee – With patients in Florida who suffer from debilitating illnesses soon to have access to medical marijuana, one state lawmaker says a research facility should open to study the drug’s effects on patients. “I think it’s highly appropriate to have a research component built into anything that we do, so we can start building […]

FL: Surterra, Trulieve Vie For Statewide Marijuana Market

For a few days after voters approved Amendment 2, a leafy marijuana sign adorned the sign post outside the red-brick building where the old Plantation Club used to be at 1639 Village Square Blvd. in Killearn. The sign has since been taken down. And there are no clues as to what goes on inside. The […]

FL: If You’re Eligible For Medical Pot, How Easy Will It Be To Get?

When Irvin Rosenfeld runs low on his monthly allotment of federal government marijuana, the Lauderhill stock broker drives south for about an hour to Miami’s health district, the only location where he can legally pick up a circular tin packed with 300 joints. It’s inconvenient: The pot he smokes every day to fight and treat […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Be Halted By Bonita Springs Moratorium

The Florida Constitution now gives patients with debilitating conditions the ability to use marijuana as treatment. However, the city of Bonita Springs wants time to sort out specifics before the ruling goes into effect Jan. 3. “This just gives us 12 months to formulate our ideas and how to proceed,” City Attorney Audrey Vance said. […]

FL: Destin Cements Medical Cannabis Dispensary Rules

Destin – The city needs to place into law certain regulations on possible marijuana medical dispensaries and can always look at amending such rules later, City Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell said at Monday’s council meeting. Most of her fellow council members agreed, and then approved adopting an ordinance that restricts such dispensaries to Destin’s industrial district. […]

FL: Tallahassee Doctor To Open New Local Medical Marijuana Center

Tallahassee is about to have a new medical practice focused on helping patients receive medical marijuana – just weeks after voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment that greatly expands who can receive medical marijuana legally. Dr. Joseph Dorn, who has worked in palliative and hospice care for the last 12 years, will open […]

FL: Manatee County Seeks Medical Marijuana Moratorium

Changes are coming to Florida after the Nov. 8 election and Manatee County is considering additional regulations on the growing and dispensing of medical marijuana. Amendment 2, a state constitutional amendment to expand the use of medical marijuana, was approved by 71 percent of statewide voters. The amendment “allows medical use of marijuana for individuals […]

FL: Bradenton Moves Closer To Medical Marijuana Moratorium

Bradenton – Bradenton isn’t feeling the blues over medical marijuana, but city officials did manage to combine the two subjects in separate discussions on Wednesday. Officials donned dark sunglasses for one of the items, but it wasn’t for medical marijuana. The sunglasses went on in support of the Dec. 2-4 Bradenton Blues Festival, but they […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Accommodation Optional For Businesses

Medical marijuana was legalized in Florida after Amendment 2 passed during last week’s election, but there are still questions as to what this means for businesses that have employees who want to use it at work. Since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, the state isn’t required to accommodate its medical use in the […]

FL: Local Leaders To Discuss Future Of Medical Marijuana Regulation

Estero – Voters gave the thumbs up to the use of medical marijuana, which means more dispensaries will begin to pop up across the state. But plans for medical marijuana in our area – might go up in smoke as three local city councils get set to tackle the issue Wednesday morning. In Bonita Springs, […]

FL: County Imposes 180-Day Moratorium On Marijuana Dispensing Facilities

Newly re-elected County Commissioner David Moore was sworn in for a second term Tuesday morning, and newly elected commissioners Jeff Gold and Michelle Stone took their first oaths of office. County Judge Jim McCune administered the oath for Moore. County Judge Sarah Ritterhoff Williams presided over the other two. Later in the meeting, the commission […]

FL: Estero Considers Temporary Marijuana Dispensary Ban

Lee County, Fla. – A Southwest Florida city may delay medical marijuana distribution within city limits. Wednesday, the village of Estero will consider passing a measure banning marijuana dispensaries for a year, which they say is enough time to create regulations. Commissioners in Charlotte County have also put in place a similar regulation. Meanwhile, the […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Industry Will Be Worth More Than $1.5B By 2020, Researchers Say

The medical marijuana industry promises to be very lucrative for the state of Florida. Researchers say the state’s medical marijuana industry will be worth more than $1.5 billion by 2020. The projection comes from New Frontier Data in partnership with Arcview Market Research and was reported in bizjournals.com. Amendment 2 allows medical use of marijuana […]

FL: Bonita Springs, Estero Discuss Ban Of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana will soon be legal in Florida, but don’t expect to see dispensaries in some parts of Southwest Florida. Several cities and even a whole county are moving to keep them out. Bonita Springs and Estero leaders will talk next week about banning marijuana dispensaries. With 71 percent of voters in Lee County saying […]

FL: Some Treasure Coast Cities, Counties Regulating Medical Marijuana Facilities

Local governments across the Treasure Coast are considering whether and how to regulate medical marijuana now that voters on Tuesday said they want it legal in Florida. Two counties already have laws and one city is expected to approve requirements, but another county and some cities are letting the state have first say. Indian River […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Battle Not Over Yet, Opponents Say

Orlando, Fl. – Amendment Two has passed, but opponents say the battle isn’t over. They’re asking lawmakers to put limitations in place and they have concerns about some people using medical marijuana at work. Dr. Jessica Spencer, with Vote No on 2, said people in certain professions shouldn’t be at work while using the drug. […]

FL: John Morgan Credits Voter Turnout For Medical Marijuana Approval

Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment Tuesday to legalize medical marijuana, broadening access to pot beyond the limited therapeutic uses approved by the legislature two years ago. Currently, the law allows non-smoked, low-THC pot for patients with cancer or ailments that cause chronic seizures or severe spasms. The ballot measure formally legalizes medical marijuana, […]

FL: Brevard Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules To Be Devised

With Florida voters approving a constitutional amendment to expand the use of medical marijuana, Brevard County commissioners are preparing to formulate rules for where those marijuana dispensaries can be located. Commissioners have directed the county’s Planning and Development Department to prepare a proposed ordinance to restrict the location of such facilities. Among the options would […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Soars To Approval

Stunning even some of the proposal’s most avid supporters, Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a broad swath of conditions. Amendment 2, “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions,” received at least 70 percent of the vote, far greater than the 60 percent required for passage of […]

FL: Miami Beach Passes Four-Month Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The morning after 71 percent of Florida voters approved the use of medical marijuana for people with debilitating medical conditions, Miami Beach passed a four-month ban on the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries. Commissioners voted 5-1 to Wednesday to start moratorium, with Commissioner Michael Grieco opposing. Commissioner Rick Arriola, who sponsored the ordinance, said the […]

FL: Tallahassee Residents Backing Medical Marijuana Initiative

Florida voters Tuesday are deciding whether to allow the marijuana plant to be used as medicine. A survey indicates that Tallahassee residents are not dazed or confused about Amendment 2. They support it, according to a Downs & St. Germain Research poll. The Tallahassee-based firm said Tallahassee residents are 50 percent more likely to support […]

FL: Medical Marijuana And Ammendment 2

Tampa – Author, Suzanne Beecher has a painful eye condition called B-E-B or benign essential blepharospasm and is sensitive to light. “It’s kind of a rare disorder it’s a kind of dystonia and what it does the muscles around your eye they want to slam shut,” Susan says. Controlling it takes thirteen botulinum toxin (Botox) […]

FL: Turning Marijuana Into Medicine

Tallahassee, Fla. – Down a dirt road, behind locked gates and a barbed wire fence, in an otherwise empty field outside Tallahassee, sits the first place in the state to grow a plant that the federal government still considers illegal. Even though pot is still against the law in the Sunshine State, except for people […]

FL: Holmes Beach Holds On Medical Marijuana Legislation

Holmes Beach commissioners have determined that enacting rules for marijuana use and distribution is premature. A medical marijuana amendment, up for a statewide vote Nov. 8, could cause problems for the city, if passed. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer encouraged commissioners to consider enacting legislation during the Oct. 25 workshop. But commissioners rejected his […]

FL: If Medical Marijuana Passes, How Would Rubio Or Murphy Advocate In The Senate?

If Floridians vote to legalize medical marijuana through Amendment 2 on Tuesday, the state will open its borders to a new, booming industry that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in just a few years. Yet federal law still categorizes marijuana as a controlled substance, though as many as 28 states and Washington, […]

FL: Amendment 2 Would Expand Marijuana Use To 6 Other Debilitating Conditions

Pembroke Park, Fla. – For the second time in two years, voters in Florida are considering a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. Operations at South Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary are in full swing and are prepared to meet the needs of patients who qualify for the drug under Florida’s existing laws. “We extract […]

About Florida’s Amendment 2 – Medical Marijuana

This guide to Amendment 2 is from the Florida League of Women Voters Amendment 2 (Nov. 8 ballot) Medical Marijuana Source: Citizen Initiative Synopsis: Two years after a similar amendment narrowly failed, Amendment 2 is on the ballot to legalize the use of medical marijuana to relieve the symptoms of people afflicted with specific diseases […]

FL: Miami Beach Considers Six-Month Medical Marijuana Ban

If the latest crop of polls is correct, medical marijuana will be legally available to sick people in Florida in just four days. As of last week, close to 80 percent of Floridians support Amendment 2, which would legalize weed statewide for medical purposes, such as helping cancer or Alzheimer’s patients. Sixty percent of the […]

FL: As They Await Election Result, Entrepreneurs Poised For Medical Marijuana Market

Medical marijuana-related businesses have been cropping up throughout South Florida – and eagerly await results of Tuesday’s vote on Amendment 2. From a seed-to-sale tracking company to a specialty staffing business to law firms that focus on medical marijuana-related cases, there is a lot of money to be made if the constitutional amendment passes. Medical […]

FL: Images Document Advocates For Medical Marijuana

When Bruno Stillo was a toddler, it was common for him to suffer as many as 500 epileptic seizures a day, a staggering total that his mother often recorded with a clicker counter designed for golfers. Through all of those episodes, through an emergency visit to the trauma center at Miami Children’s Hospital where the […]

FL: Can Medicinal Marijuana Help You Lose Weight?

One woman says medicinal marijuana helped her drop weight. “The weight loss was dramatic in first 90 days to 4 months,” said a 42-year-old mother of 4. Becca Foster is a veteran yo-yo dieter since the age of 13. Two years ago, she started something different and she has never been the same. “I believe […]

FL: Out-Of-State Groups Dominate Fundraising In Final Months Of Marijuana Fight

For the last two months, most of the money fueling Florida’s medical marijuana fight hasn’t been coming from Florida families hoping for patient access to medical marijuana or anti-drug activists who worry about the impact on their home state. Since Sept. 1, for every $1 donated to the two political committes behind the Yes and […]

FL: Costa Farms Gives Rob Bradley Committee $10K In Late October

The eventual fate of 2016’s version of the pro-medical marijuana Amendment 2 is still up in the air, yet one of the state’s primary beneficiaries of the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014,” which has facilitated the slow-motion deployment of Charlotte’s Web to some with qualifying conditions, is giving back to one of the act’s […]

FL: Broward Judge Denies Marijuana Advocacy Group Request

The “No on 2” campaign is extremely concerned about the incident and is urging all counties to be proactive in order to ensure a legitimate election and furthermore urging State Attorneys across the state of Florida to investigate forms submitted by United for Care. “And frankly, I’m absolutely disgusted by Yes on 2’s blatant attempt […]

FL: Poll Shows Medical Marijuana Amendment At 73% Support

A University of North Florida poll released Thursday shows Amendment 2 is looking poised to pass. The survey, from the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab, indicates the medical marijuana amendment is now drawing 73 percent support. That’s down from 77 percent in a similar poll taken a few weeks back. Polling was conducted via live […]

FL: More Ballots Turn Up In Broward Without Medical Marijuana Amendment

Hours after a Broward judge said she was ready to rule quickly on a case about ballots missing the medical marijuana amendment, a new wrinkle appeared Tuesday evening: Two more voters found Amendment 2 missing on their ballots. NORML of Florida, a group that supports reforming marijuana laws, filed a new emergency motion Tuesday night […]

FL: Charlotte County To Temporarily Ban Marijuana Sales If Amendment 2 Passes

Charlotte County – Even if Amendment 2 passes, you may not be able to get medical marijuana locally right away, at least in one county. Charlotte County commissioners on Tuesday decided to put a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries until they can regulate it properly. It’s set for nine months and means any cannabis businesses cannot […]

FL: Medical Pot Proponents “Hopeful” That Broward Ballot Glitch Is Isolated

Lauderhill – Amendment 2 proponents say a potentially devastating misprint that left the medical marijuana measure off mail-in ballots in Broward County appears to have affected only a handful of voters. Ben Pollara, campaign director for the pro-pot push, spent 40 minutes in the Broward Supervisor of Elections office as workers began opening envelopes, verifying […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Amendment Is About Compassion

For 45 years, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida has been on a mission to accelerate therapies that stop seizures, find cures and save lives. With 400,000 Floridians living with epilepsy, we’ve had a lot of work to do. One of our guiding principles is our commitment to physician directed care. Simply, we believe that licensed […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Sales Restricted In Indian River County

Indian River County – The County Commission has approved restrictions medical marijuana treatment centers, limiting them to only a few locations in the unincorporated county. The areas are zoned general industrial, and are adjacent to the railroad right-of-way north of 12th Street and to two parcels east of Old Dixie Highway near Ninth Place, both […]

FL: Seniors Are The Wild Card In Medical Marijuana Vote

There’s a big battle at the ballot box in just three weeks: medical marijuana. Both sides are fighting for what could be the deciding vote – senior citizens. It’s the second round for Amendment 2. In 2014, it narrowly failed getting 57% of the 60% supermajority needed to pass. Last time, only 38% of voters […]

FL: Voters Again Face Medical Marijuana Decision

Tallahassee – With medical marijuana already a reality in Florida, voters will decide in November whether to vastly expand the types of patients who are eligible for the treatment. It’s the second time Floridians will weigh in on a medical-marijuana constitutional amendment, with the first proposal narrowly failing in 2014 to capture the 60 percent […]

FL: Dade City Moves Toward Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Dade City – Uncertainty over an impending statewide vote on medical marijuana and whether legislators will take up the issue next session has led Dade City leaders to look at temporarily banning dispensaries. During a meeting Tuesday night, the Dade City Commission voted unanimously to hold a first reading of an ordinance recommended by City […]

FL: CannaMoms Keep Up Fight For Landmark Marijuana Legislation

Passage of medical-marijuana legislation remains an uphill battle across the country. But a chance to score a landmark victory for the cause could come with Amendment 2, known also as the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative. This question comes up for a vote on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. After falling less than […]

FL: Pine Island Man – Marijuana Helped Cure My Cancer

Next month Floridians will be asked once again to decide on medical marijuana. Amendment Two on the November ballot asks voters to decide on whether to expand Florida’s current medical marijuana laws to include medical marijuana with THC. Currently low THC cannabis oil is legal in Florida, if prescribed by a doctor. Jason Cole believes […]

FL: Hearing Over Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Opens

Tallahassee – 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. The hearing in the McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery challenge opened Monday, nearly a year after […]

FL: Nursery Seeks License For Selling Medical Marijuana Products

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. The hearing in the McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery challenge opened Monday, nearly a year after health officials […]

FL: Poll Shows Voters Backing Rubio, Medical Marijuana

A new poll of likely voters by the Universiy of North Florida suggests U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and the backers of a medical marijuana initiative have something to celebrate. The poll of 696 likely voters, conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 4 and released Tuesday, shows Rubio leading with 48 percent of the vote, ahead of U.S. Rep. […]

FL: Medical Cannabis Clinic Offering A Non-Euphoric Strain Of Medical Marijuana

It’s agonizing as a parent to watch, but video of little Charlotte Figi is credited for revolutionizing the way the world views the cannabis plant. Traditional treatments for her uncontrollable seizures almost killed the child until her mother Paige Figi turned to medical marijuana as a last resort. “Her seizures were instantly abated so her […]

FL: Indian River County Commission Set To Pass Medical Marijuana Rules

Indian River County – If Florida voters approve Amendment 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot – changing the state constitution to allow medical marijuana – the County Commission wants to restrict where the dispensaries or treatment centers would be allowed. The county is preparing changes to land development rules that would restrict the centers to […]

FL: Lake Wales Company Makes Another Bid For A Medical Marijuana License

Lake Wales – A company seeking to cultivate marijuana-based medicine in Lake Wales faces what might be its final chance at a state license in an administrative hearing beginning today. GrowHealthy, which purchased a former mattress factory in Lake Wales in 2014, finished a close second in the central region when the Florida Department of […]

FL: Administrative Law Judge Sides With State In Medical Marijuana Licensing Case

An administrative law judge ruled against a North Florida nursery that had lost its bid to get a license to grow and dispense medical marijuana. Administrative law Judge R. Bruce McKibben issued the ruling Friday, saying Loop’s Nursery & Greenhouses “failed to prove by a preponderance of evidence that its application to become a distributing […]

FL: Pro-Medical Marijuana Group Gets $1 Million Boost

Proponents 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. The committee, New Approach, is tied to the family of the late philanthropist Peter Lewis, the former head of Progressive Insurance, who died in […]

FL: Herald Recommends Yes Vote On Amendment 2 For Medical Marijuana

Vague language and other flaws doomed the medical marijuana amendment put before voters in 2014, though that proposal only lost by a slim margin, garnering 58 percent of the ballots. Amendment 2 returns on the November ballot much improved. United We Care, the grassroots organization behind the amendment, rewrote the proposal to address the loopholes […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Money – Supporters Raise $222K, Opponents $250

Last week, fundraising for the group opposing medical marijuana slowed, while supporters continued raising money. But campaign finance disclosures for Sept. 17-23 show that Drug Free Florida, which opposes a constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana, spent another $392,919 placing TV ads. For its part, pro-Amendment 2 group United for Care has filmed its first ad, […]

FL: Will Second Time Be A Charm For Medical Marijuana?

There are several constitutional amendments on the November ballot. One of them, Amendment 2 – Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions – is a retread from the 2014 election. Two years ago, the slightly different version of the amendment received 58 percent of the vote, falling just short of the 60 percent needed to […]

In Florida’s Cannabis Cash Race, Pro-Weed Group Has The Edge For Now

As the fight over Amendment 2 sparks up, proponents of Florida’s medical marijuana campaign have the money edge, at least for now. The tally as of Tuesday: People United for Medical Marijuana has raised $3.99 million, Drug Free Florida Florida Committee $2.86 million. Most of the pro-weed money comes from The Morgan Firm, headed by […]

FL: Poll – 73% Of Voters Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative

The 2016 medical marijuana ballot initiative has strong support among Floridians, according to a new poll. A new poll from the Florida Chamber Political Institute found 73 percent of voters would support the amendment. The survey found 22 percent were opposed to the ballot initiative. The poll of 617 registered voters was conducted from Sept. […]

FL: Fact And Fiction Swirls Medical Marijuana Debate

12-year-old Christina Clark takes medical marijuana. Her mother Anneliese Clark uses it to treat the seizures her daughter has had since she was three months old. At her worst, “she just literally, she wasn’t doing anything,” Anneliese Clark said. “She laid on the couch and shook and twitched.” Clark remembers Christina locked in a fetal […]

FL: FOX 35 Visits Medical Marijuana Dispensary

St. Petersburg – The reception area is all the average person off the street might ever see on a visit to the Trulieve dispensary on Ameritech Way. They only allow certain people past a locked door to a retail area where medical cannabis is kept and sold. “We’ll look on the Florida registry to make […]

FL: Orange County Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Distribute Product Soon

Orange County, Fla. – The owner of Knox Nursery, a medical marijuana dispensary in Orange County, said his operation will soon be distributing the drug, and he hopes to name one product after a little girl fighting cancer. “To meet a child in need of something, it’s just going to be so gratifying,” said Bruce […]

FL: Patients Struggle To Find Doctors To Recommend Cannabis

Volusia County, Fla. – Voters will decide in November whether or not to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, but there is already a budding system for growing, recommending and delivering products for a very specific set of patients. Fox 35 has learned that those patients are having trouble finding doctors who will treat them. It’s […]

Florida Legalization: Seeking 60 Percent in the Sunshine State

Welcome to the Five-State Commonwealth This state isn’t easy to figure out. Steve Schale, a political operator who directed Florida operations for Obama/Biden in 2008, recently described his home as a fractured commonwealth more than a unified state. Most states, he wrote, have a single brand, a commonality of experience. “Florida really doesn’t,” Schale wrote. […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Looks Likely This Year

Two years ago, I predicted medical marijuana would fail at the polls. And it did. This year, I predict it will pass. Here are three reasons why: 1) Attitudes have changed. 2) Half of America has already made medical marijuana available to patients. 3) Floridians now know state legislators were lying little phonies when they […]

FL: Orange Park Mulls Potential Temporary Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Businesses

Orange Park – Town Council is preparing for the possibility that operators of medical marijuana treatment centers or dispensaries might want to set up shop in Orange Park if Florida voters approve state Amendment 2 in the Nov. 8 general election. If approved, the amendment would expand the medical use of marijuana statewide for people […]

FL: Voters To Decide On Proposed Amendment On Medical Marijuana

Orlando, Fla. – Voters will have a chance this November to approve or reject a proposed amendment on medical marijuana. The measure failed two years ago, but the ballot language has changed. Just as he did two years ago, attorney John Morgan, chairman of United for Care, will draw plenty of attention to his disabled […]

State of the Leaf: U.S. News Updates

U.S. News Updates Alaska Cannabis social clubs have existed in a legal gray area since the state legalized cannabis for adult use in 2014. But this week Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth weighed in, the Associated Press reports, saying that under his office’s interpretation of the law, the clubs are illegal. Cannabis social clubs are […]

Pot Dispensary Has High Hopes For South Florida Expansion

Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary is planning locations in South Florida. Trulieve is looking into zoning regulations for pot dispensaries in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with firm plans to open in Miami, the Sun Sentinel reported. The medical marijuana provider was the first to open a dispensary – a storefront where patients can […]

FL: Company Eyes Property For Medical Marijuana Store

Bradenton – A Tallahassee company has closed on two vacant buildings on 14th Street West near downtown Bradenton for a potential medical marijuana dispensary. Trulieve currently has dispensaries in Tallahassee and Clearwater, with two more in the planning phases in Orlando and Miami-Dade County. Bradenton would be the company’s fifth location. “Bradenton has been on […]

US CO: Column: From Weed to Wine: Keeping the Marijuana Farm

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n584/a04.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Thu, 25 Aug 2016Source: Boulder Weekly (CO)Column: Weed Between the LinesCopyright: 2016 Boulder WeeklyContact: Website: http://www.boulderweekly.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/57Author: Ryan StoaNote: Ryan Stoa is Senior Scholar, Environmental and NaturalResources Law, Florida International University. This article wasoriginally published on The Conversation seewww.theconversation.com/us. Read the original article at tinyurl.com/hu2asum. FROM WEED TO WINE: KEEPING THE […]

Pot Dispensary Eying South Florida As Medical Marijuana Business Ramps Up

A company that opened Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary in Tallahassee is considering expanding its operations to South Florida. Trulieve has sent inquiries to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, along with other communities across Florida, asking about zoning regulations for dispensaries, which are storefront offices where qualified patients can pick up their cannabis, CEO […]

FL: Voters Likely To Vote To Pass Medical Marijuana Amendment

A poll released Thursday shows the majority of Floridians support a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, a good sign for supporters of the amendment as they make their final push to the November election. The St. Leo University Polling Institute survey found 68 percent of likely Florida voters would support Amendment 2 on the […]

Activists Supported By Stonegait Institute Win Big For Medical Marijuana

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners met Thursday night to vote on a one-year moratorium for all medical marijuana facilities within the county. The Stonegait Institute was out in front of this issue, informing the public of what was going on, and sending activists to the meeting to speak out against this infringement on […]

FL: Orange County Follows Orlando With Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Activities

More than a month after the Orlando City Council voted for a temporary moratorium for medical marijuana dispensaries, Orange County commissioners followed suit with a similar measure on Tuesday. The moratorium extends to May 23, 2017 or until commissioners adopt new rules regarding medical marijuana nurseries and dispensaries. Currently, several state-approved dispensaries have started selling […]

These Four States Will Be Voting On Medical Marijuana In November

It’s been 20 years since California punched through pot prohibition and became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Now, 23 states have medical marijuana laws, and more than a dozen more have taken the half-step of legalizing the medicinal use of cannabidiol (CBD) only – not raw marijuana. While some of the […]

FL: Petition To Stop Publix From Fighting Medical Marijuana Has 41K Signatures

Thousands of people are pushing back against Carol Jenkins Barnett, daughter of Publix supermarket founder George Jenkins, who donated $800,000 to Drug Free Florida in hopes of defeating the November medical marijuana vote. A citizen-led petition on Change.org, aimed at stopping the heiress from donating money to anti-medical marijuana causes, has garnered more than 41,000 […]

Clearwater Now Home To Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Florida

Clearwater, Fla. – Clearwater is now home to the second medical marijuana dispensary in the state of Florida. The dispensary, located at 24761 US Highway 19N #630 in Clearwater will officially open on Thursday, August 18. Trulieve (George Hackney, Inc.) delivers statewide and opened their first location in Tallahassee in July. “As the first licensee […]

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales Of Marijuana To Adults

More than two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults to purchase and use recreationally, […]

In Florida's Medical Marijuana Rollout, A Parent Who Would Not Wait

Florida’s medical marijuana program took too long to start for the parents of some sick children. “A Tough Little Cookie” Lucie is dancing in her room. There are stuffed animals in a corner next to a white dresser. Her bed is pink, and one of her walls is blue with a pink butterfly on it. […]

FL: Matt Gaetz Goes Out For Pot

Matt Gaetz will “host a medical marijuana delivery to a Northwest Florida family,” his legislative office announced Tuesday. And the Fort Walton Beach Republican invited reporters to join him as he tags along for the ride. Surterra Therapeutics will deliver the first shipment of medicinal pot to an as-yet-undisclosed location in the Panhandle. The delivery […]

California Poised to Pass Major Asset Forfeiture Reform

August 16, 2016– By Grant Smith Lawmakers in California are on course to pass the most far reaching civil asset forfeiture reforms in the United States. The legislation, which was OK’d by the California State Assembly this week, and must now head back to the state Senate for a final vote and to Governor Jerry […]

Bipartisan Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly

SACRAMENTO — Today, civil asset forfeiture reform legislation authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and David Hadley (R-Torrance) passed the Assembly Floor by a 67 to 7 vote. The bill will require that in all cases where law enforcement seize cash under $40,000, that there be a conviction in the underlying criminal case, before […]

Lawyers, Pot Businesses, And Ethics Remain Hazy In Some States

Hilary Bricken You would think with 25 states and the District of Columbia having some form of marijuana legalization, state bar associations would no longer be prohibiting attorneys from representing cannabis businesses based on ethical grounds. Ohio should make you think otherwise. In almost all states, Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(d) reads something like the […]

Your State Is Keeping Its Medical Marijuana Data Secret

Say you’re a civic-minded cannabis consumer – or a reporter for a weed media website – and you’re interested in learning more about your state’s medical cannabis program. You might file a Freedom of Information request for demographic data about the people with medical cannabis cards, or the criteria state agencies use to decide who […]

Pharma Sees Potential In Marijuana

At least once a week, Steve McDonald drives from his home in Irvine to an industrial stretch of Santa Ana filled with auto shops and home-improvement wholesalers. Inside a beige storefront, McDonald consults with young budtenders about the jars of raw cannabis flowers and rows of infused edibles that fill the shelves at From the […]

US: Record Number Of Marijuana Initiatives On Ballots

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n551/a03.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Mon, 15 Aug 2016Source: Washington Times (DC)Copyright: 2016 The Washington Times, LLC.Contact: Website: http://www.washingtontimes.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/492Author: Andrea Noble RECORD NUMBER OF MARIJUANA INITIATIVES ON BALLOTS Nine States Rebuff Firm Federal Stand At least nine states will charge ahead with marijuana initiatives on ballots in November – a record number – despite the […]

US NY: Editorial: Stop Treating Marijuana Like Heroin

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n547/a01.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Sat, 13 Aug 2016Source: New York Times (NY)Copyright: 2016 The New York Times CompanyContact: Website: http://www.nytimes.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/298 STOP TREATING MARIJUANA LIKE HEROIN Supporters of a saner marijuana policy scored a small victory this week when the Obama administration said it would authorize more institutions to grow marijuana for medical research.  But […]

US: Is the Pro-Pot Movement's Quest for Marijuana Legalization

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n540/a05.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Thu, 11 Aug 2016Source: Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR)Copyright: 2016 The Mail TribuneContact: Website: http://www.mailtribune.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/642Note: Only prints LTEs from within it’s circulation area, 200 word count limitAuthor: Billy Hallowell, Deseret News IS THE PRO-POT MOVEMENT’S QUEST FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION AT A TIPPING POINT? Four in 10 Americans now hold mixed […]

Floridians Are Ready For Safe, Legal Medical Cannabis

With all due respect, we’re talking about cannabis as medicine. What in the world does that have to do with “pot shops”? This sounds much more like prohibitionist propaganda than a perspective based in science and medicine. One doesn’t have to look too far to learn of the real benefits of cannabis for the treatment […]

A New Era For NORML

by Randy Quast, NORML Board MemberAugust 10, 2016 My name is Randy Quast and I am NORML’s new Acting Executive Director. Let me be the first to welcome you to a new era at NORML. I’m from Minnesota. My background is in business. I worked my way up in trucking, starting with my family’s small […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Could Mean Big Money For Miami-Dade

Developing an economic impact study for an activity that will become legal is challenging without actual data, but a report by the county administration analyzed anticipated jobs and sales for a future medical marijuana industry to estimate $61.9 million for Miami-Dade, growing to $62.8 million by 2025. The production of medical cannabis by approved dispensing […]

FL: Suncoast Medical Marijuana Company Expands Out Of State

Sarasota, Fla. – Sarasota-based company AltMed is expanding its medical cannabis operation to Arizona. AltMed CEO Michael Smullen says the 31-thousand square foot facility is up and running in anticipation of receiving a license to grow and dispense medical marijuana. “We developed our own trans-dermal patch, where we can get consistent product delivered to a […]

FL: Brain Cancer Patient Receives First Medical Marijuana Delivery

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. – The last 11-months have been very hard for Amanda Gammisch. First came the devastating diagnosis: stage 3 brain cancer and a five year life expectancy. Next came the seizures, and after two brain surgeries which opened up her skull, the seizures continue. Now, she has new hope though. The 36-year […]

Florida Pot Campaigners Have Received 650 Times More Donations Than Opponents

Medical marijuana is on Florida’s ballot again this November, and the campaign to legalize it has received far more donations than weed opponents. United For Care, the campaign fighting for legalization of medical marijuana in Florida, has received nearly 650 times as many donations as its counterpart, Drug Free Florida, reports Sunshine State News Sunday. […]

Judge Likely To Recommend Seventh Pot License In Florida

An administrative law judge paved the way for another nursery to get a medical-marijuana license, striking a blow against the Florida Department of Health during a contentious hearing Monday. Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham virtually guaranteed that he intends to recommend that health officials grant an additional marijuana license after deciding that Alpha Foliage […]

FL: Medical Marijuana Deliveries Underway

Tampa – It’s been two years since Governor Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act into law, and patients are just now receiving the first medical marijuana doses. One of those medical marijuana prescriptions was delivered Monday to Richard Murphy, a Bay Area man who suffers from seizures. His wife, Pam, is calling the […]

FL: Campaign For Medical Marijuana Trumps No On 2 Donations Nearly 700 To One

The fight over medical marijuana has raked in big money from both supporters and opponents of the constitutional amendment, but far more donations have come from the campaign fighting for medical marijuana in Florida than those fighting against it. Donations towards the Yes on 2 campaign outnumbered donations from Drug Free Florida by nearly 650 […]