Florida

Tue
19
Jun

Medical marijuana drive-thru coming to Florida

Medical marijuana patients will have a new option to get their pot.

Curaleaf, which has pot retail outlets in Miami-Dade and Lake Worth, will be adding a new store with a drive-thru option in Palm Harbor just northwest of Tampa. The company says it’s the first dispensary in Florida with a drive-thru.

The marijuana dispensary will open Tuesday and have a ribbon cutting at the store, 35388 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor.

The idea behind the drive-thru is to make it easier for patients who may have physical challenges getting into the store because of their disabilities and medical conditions, said Lindsay Jones, president of Curaleaf Florida.

Wed
13
Jun

Florida's medical marijuana patients still prevented from smoking cannabis

 

Despite a judge’s favorable ruling last month, Florida’s medical marijuana patients remain legally prohibited from smoking cannabis.

On May 25, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers said the Florida legislature’s ban on smoking medical weed was unconstitutional and gave the state a Monday deadline to establish a distribution system for dispensaries. Floridians voted by a 71 percent margin in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana with a constitutional amendment that included no restrictions on modes of consumption.

Fri
08
Jun

Florida company seeks federal permit to grow research cannabis in Maine

An investor with ties to the state has applied to build a facility and supply marijuana to a DEA program that's expanding cultivation sites.

A Florida company has applied for a federal permit to build a facility in Maine to grow cannabis used in government-sanctioned research.

Maridose LLC is one of 27 companies with an application pending before the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to grow cannabis for use by the 350 scientists across the country, including two in Maine, who have federal approval to study marijuana. For the past half-century, only the University of Mississippi could legally grow the pot used in federally sanctioned research.

Thu
07
Jun

MedMen inks $53 million acquisition of Florida cannabis cultivator, dispensary sites

MedMen Enterprises Inc., the country's leading cultivator, producer and retailer of state-sanctioned cannabis, announced yesterday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire dispensary and cultivation assets from Florida based Treadwell Simpson Partnership and affiliates.

As part of the transaction, MedMen will acquire Treadwell Nursery's cultivation facility situated on 5 acres in Eustis, Florida and the right to open 25 medical marijuana dispensaries in the State of Florida.

Wed
06
Jun

Judge says Florida can't ban smokeable medical marijuana, gives Monday deadline for new rules

When 72 percent of Florida voters chose to legalize medical marijuana via a 2016 ballot initiative, most of them expected to be able to legally light up bongs, bowls, and blunts stuffed with newly-legal cannabis. Because nothing is ever easy in Florida, that wasn't the case: The Florida legislature outlawed smoking medical pot and instead only legalized eating edibles, vaporizing pot, or ingesting cannabis oil.

Tue
05
Jun

Legality of smokable medical marijuana in Florida remains in legal limbo after hearing

The legality of medical marijuana patients using smokable medicine remains in legal limbo on Monday after a hearing in the State Capitol.  The state wants smokable marijuana put on hold after a judge's ruling, while supporters want patients to get smokable marijuana as soon as possible.

Circuit Judge Karen Geivers ruled 10 days ago that smokable medical marijuana was permitted by the constitution and isn’t prohibited by the law the governor signed. The decision was automatically put on hold when the state appealed.

Monday, lawyers were back in court, arguing the stay should be lifted and smokable marijuana should be available as quickly as possible. Jon Mills is the Amendment 2 author.

Mon
04
Jun

Former Florida judge: 'I’ve been haunted for 30 years' for punishing medical marijuana patients

For 30 years, former Judge Doug Bench enforced marijuana prohibition in Florida. Then a serious illness forced him to break that law in order to save his life, writes Calvin Hughes.

"I hated marijuana," Judge Bench confessed while discussing drug reform last year. "I hated the use of marijuana and the violation of the law."

Mon
04
Jun

Marijuana legalization could turn Florida gubernatorial race

Florida’s three top Democratic contenders for governor have all come out in support of full, adult-use marijuana legalization.

In 2016, a wide majority of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical cannabis. Two years later, the Florida Department of Health is still dragging its feet on implementing the law. Floridians are growing impatient. They don’t just want the state to follow through on medical cannabis, however. They also want marijuana legal for adult use. With anti-cannabis Republican Gov. Rick Scott on his way out of office, and a chance to flip the legislature, Democrats are recognizing that marijuana legalization could turn Florida gubernatorial race in their favor.

Fri
01
Jun

Why are the best doctors still nervous about medical marijuana?

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, finding that medical cannabis attracts troubled physicians, raises the question of whether the trend is nationwide.

What does it take to become a medical marijuana doctor? In most places, some argue, not very much. With few prerequisites holding pot docs to relatively high standards, these physicians' backgrounds are of increasing concern.

Fri
01
Jun

More cannabis distributors expected to enter Florida

The cannabis business seems to be booming, with new dispensaries opening in all corners of Florida. More distributors are expected to enter Florida’s cannabis sector in the next year.

But there are challenges and restrictions around this emerging market. Attorney Matthew Ginder is senior counsel in the Cannabis Law practice group at the South Florida firm Greenspoon Marder.

“The federal illegality of marijuana carries with it risks. Whether it’s banking, tax treatment, just the risk associated with a substance the federal government still considers illegal,” said Ginder.

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