Florida

Thu
16
Aug

Miami-Dade's fifth medical marijuana dispensary opening in Dadeland

Medical pot is on the rise in Florida. Since voters legalized medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis in the November 2016 general election, Florida has added 144,557 patients to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use's user registry, according to the Department of Health’s latest update. For a state with a population of 21 million, about one in 145 Floridians can legally use medical weed.

Fri
10
Aug

Florida moves forward on marijuana licenses

State health officials will hold a workshop Aug. 17 to take input on the application process for new medical marijuana licenses.

The workshop, announced Thursday, will deal with one license earmarked for a black farmer who was a member of litigation dealing with federal discriminatory lending practices and four other licenses for applicants seeking entry into the state’s highly restricted medical marijuana market.

The Legislature ordered the new licenses following the passage of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida.

Tue
07
Aug

Florida seeks to uphold ban on smoking medical marijuana

Pointing in part to smoking-related health effects, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office on Friday filed a 57-page brief arguing that an appeals court should uphold a decision by the Legislature to ban smoking medical marijuana.

The brief, filed at the 1st District Court of Appeal, came as the state challenges a May ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers, who said the smoking ban violates a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medicalmarijuana.

Wed
01
Aug

Scythian Biosciences Corp. moving into Florida medical marijuana market

The deal will see the cannabis company pay $93.3 million in equity and $43.2 million in cash for 70 per cent of CannCure.

Scythian Biosciences Corp., an internationally focused Canadian cannabis company, is pushing into the Florida medical marijuana market after signing an arm’s length, binding letter of intent to acquire CannCure Investments Inc.

The deal will see Scythian pay $93,300,000 in equity and $43,200,000 in cash in return for 70 per cent of CannCure, with an option to purchase the remaining 30 per cent at the same valuation.

Mon
23
Jul

Saying ‘yes’ to marijuana money, new bank comes to Florida

Where the big banks say no, Justin Costello is saying ‘yes.’ Foreseeing “a multibillion-dollar industry here,” the head of Seattle-based GRN Funds says his firm has come to Florida to offer banking services to the state’s medical marijuana providers.

It already handles about $500 million in deposits for clients in the cannabis industry on the West Coast. Costello, its chairman and CEO, was in Tallahassee last week to meet with state financial regulators “strictly as a courtesy.” (As a bank, his firm is federally chartered and not regulated by the state, he says.)

Fri
20
Jul

Florida gives its medical marijuana office $13.3 million more despite criticism

A joint committee of state lawmakers reluctantly approved another $13.3 million in funding for the state office regulating medical marijuana Thursday, despite being frustrated by delays in implementing the bill that broadly legalized the drug for medical use last summer.

The request from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, made less than a month after the state’s new fiscal budget went into effect, will go toward several operations, including tracking medical marijuana plants “from seed to sale” through a computer system, securing a vendor for patient identification card processing and paying for legal fees.

Wed
11
Jul

Synthetic marijuana flooding Florida prisons

Synthetic cannabis is flooding Florida prisons, causing inmates to suffer severe health consequences—and even death.

Thu
05
Jul

Florida appeals court refuses to allow smokable medical marijuana while legal fight continues

Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Wed
04
Jul

Florida: Smoking medical marijuana not allowed while legal fight continues

Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Tue
03
Jul

Florida's ads against driving while high are drawing tons of criticism

The state of Florida recently launched a series of ads in an effort to educate people about the dangers of driving while high. But many people are saying the ads are both ineffectual as well as misleading, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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