Florida lawmakers work to change medical marijuana program as 2022 legislative session begins


Florida's 2022 legislative session kicks off on Tuesday and this year lawmakers are working to pass a bipartisan medical marijuana bill.

Florida doesn’t have recreational marijuana and for its medical marijuana program, people have to have a valid medical reason and need to be able to get the marijuana prescribed.


Agrify to Provide Florida Marijuana Treatment Center With Vertical Farming Units


Agrify Corp. said it has signed a definitive agreement for its largest Agrify Total Turn-Key Solution partnership to date with Gold Leaf Florida LLC, a licensed medical marijuana treatment center based in Myakka City, Fla.

The company said the agreement, which is the first for Agrify in the Florida cannabis market, is expected to generate more than $140 million in revenue over the first three years of cultivation and more than $400 million of estimated total revenue over the full 10-year term of the partnership.

Gold Leaf is one of 22 licensed centers and one of 16 active operators in Florida, and the organization is planning to open 20 dispensaries in the state by 2024.


40 people hospitalized in Florida for excessive bleeding caused by 'spice' drug


Dozens of Floridians have been hospitalized due to their use of a marijuana alternative.

More than 40 Florida residents in Hillsborough County have been hospitalized due to severe bleeding caused by the use of synthetic marijuana.

"We are closely monitoring this situation and working with public health agencies," said Florida Poison Control in a Monday statement. "Toxicologists and poison specialists are assisting hospitals in the treatment of these poisoned patients."


Cresco Labs Opens 12th Florida Medical Cannabis Dispensary

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Cresco Labs Announces Opening of 44th Dispensary in Pensacola, FL

Cresco Labs (CSE:CL) (OTCQX:CRLBF) (“Cresco Labs” or “the Company”), a vertically integrated multistate operator and the number one U.S. wholesaler of branded cannabis products, announced today the opening of a new Sunnyside dispensary located at 3900 N 9th Ave. in Pensacola, FL. Sunnyside Pensacola is the Company’s second store in the Panhandle region. With today’s opening, Cresco Labs operates 12 Florida stores and 44 nationwide.

Sunnyside Pensacola is centrally located in the city near Cordova Mall, across the bridge from Pensacola Beach and the suburb of Gulf Breeze, and a few blocks away from Interstate 110—offering broad accessibility to daily commuters and residents.


How To Improve Your Cannabis Business

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Have you recently started your very own cannabis business but don’t really know what you’re doing or how to be successful? Do you want to know what you can be doing to improve your cannabis business to be as successful as possible?

Now is a great time to get into the cannabis industry. The legalization of marijuana in some states has brought their business out of the black market and into mainstream society, making it an excellent time for anyone with entrepreneurial spirits to start their own cannabis business.


Cocaine and cannabis seizure is the largest ever for Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton

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U.S. vessel offloads about $640 million worth of illegal drugs at Port Everglades in Florida.

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton recently offloaded more than 13 tons of cocaine and almost two tons of cannabis in Florida, with the hefty haul estimated to be worth US$504 million ($640 million).

Called the largest drug interdiction in the ship’s history, the approximately 26,250 pounds (11,907 kilograms) of cocaine and about 3,700 pounds (1,678.3 kg) of cannabis were intercepted and seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America.


LPG plays part in production of cannabis concentrates

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Florida-based medical cannabis company Trulieve Cannabis Corp. launched a new line of cannabis concentrates made through a hydrocarbon extraction process using propane and butane.

Live Resin, a high-terpene, single-source extract, is the first offering from Trulieve’s new hydrocarbon line. It is created in the company’s hydrocarbon extraction lab using a blend of propane and butane on TruFlower, which has been frozen immediately after harvest.

Hydrocarbon extraction uses solvents to gently process cannabis, allowing for the retention of high levels of the plant’s original flavor and terpene and cannabinoid profiles at a lower temperature.


"Walgreens of Weed": How Pot Law's Seedy Start Created Florida's Cannabis Oligopoly

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Something smells funky in Florida's medical marijuana industry — and it's not coming from a smoldering joint.

Back in 2016, an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) secretly recorded Tallahassee developer J.T. Burnette — who has since married Kim Rivers, CEO of the multimillion-dollar Florida-based cannabis giant Truelieve — boasting that he and his childhood friend, then-Florida house member Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello), tweaked a cannabis bill signed into law in 2014 that governed the state's then-fledgling medical marijuana industry by cordoning off access to commercial licenses.


Medical marijuana company purchases second warehouse in Ocala for $3.2 million

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Green Ops Group, a medical marijuana company, has purchased a second distribution warehouse in Ocala, property records show. 

The company paid $3.2 million for the vacant building at 500 NW 27th Ave. in northwest Ocala, just south of U.S. 27. The deed shows the property was purchased from Kimber Randi Brady, LLC on Oct. 29. 

Green Ops Group, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is already renovating two other spaces in Ocala, according to city permit records. One is a 60,000-square-foot warehouse in south Ocala at 720 SW 17th Place, which the company is spending $3 million to renovate into a medical marijuana greenhouse. 



Leon commissioners schedule marijuana workshop, pause on homeless shelter and CRTPA proposals

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Leon County Commissioners scheduled a workshop for this spring that looks to explore alternatives to arrest for people caught with small amounts of marijuana. 

The issue has been on the wish list for several years and has had some success already after a 2018 program launched by State Attorney Jack Campbell aimed at issuing civil citations for such offenses. 

Still, on March 22, Campbell is likely to join Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil and county commissioners to address continued efforts to reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. 

McNeil will also join a workshop the same day where issues with bail, reentry initiatives and a review of the County’s electronic monitoring program will be addressed.


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