Florida

Sun
17
Feb

Florida lawmaker proposes creating a state hemp program

With officials seeing a potentially lucrative industry, Senate Agriculture Chairman Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, is proposing creation of a state hemp program.
Albritton on Thursday filed a bill that would set up the program under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bill came after Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried last week named Holly Bell as the state’s first director of cannabis, a position that is expected to focus on building a hemp industry.
The bill also comes as agriculture officials say hemp production could help farmers and timber owners in Northwest Florida who sustained heavy damage in Hurricane Michael.

Fri
15
Feb

Potency of commercially marketed CBD products questioned

Independent testing reveals that many commercially marketed CBD-infused products contain lower percentages of cannabidiol than are advertised on the products’ label, according to an investigation conducted by NBC News in Miami.

Investigators submitted 35 commercially available products for third-party independent lab testing. “Of the 35 samples … tested, 20 of them had less than half of the amounts of CBD advertised on the label,” NBC reported. Some samples, such as a package of infused gummies claiming to contain 1,000 mg of CBD, contained no cannabidiol.

Thu
14
Feb

Lawsuit filed to remove hemp from state controlled substance list

Even though its being sold in stores as oil, lotion, or even candy form, hemp is currently on the controlled substances list in Florida. But as Blaise Gainey reports advocates are requesting the state remove the substance from the list.

Wed
13
Feb

Florida moving to allow smokable medical marijuana

The Florida House began moving a bill Tuesday designed to comply with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' demand that lawmakers repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana by mid-March, but there remain differences with a similar bill moving in the Senate.

The House Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill on a 14-2 vote that would allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana. The bill restricts its use to pre-rolled, filtered marijuana cigarettes. A Senate bill being heard in its second committee stop later Tuesday has significant differences.

Fri
08
Feb

Florida Senator urges free medical marijuana cards for veterans

The expansion of cannabis access is moving forward by fits and starts in Florida. But for one state senator, a key group of the state’s residents are still being underserved by current regulations. On Wednesday, Gary Farmer, a Broward County Democrat, pushed for the elimination of the $75 annual fee for medical marijuana identification cards for veterans.

In front of the state Senate’s health care appropriations committee, Farmer expressed his dismay that Florida’s 1.5 million vets “should have to pay for the right for the eligibility to get legal medical treatment,”  reports Orlando Weekly.

Wed
06
Feb

Florida Judge rejects limits on medical marijuana dispensaries

Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ efforts to get the Florida legislature to lift its ban on smokable marijuana, the state is facing another challenge to laws limiting its medical marijuana program. For the second time, a circuit judge has challenged a 2017 Florida law that placed a cap on the number of dispensaries that are allowed to open.

Both the smokable cannabis ban and dispensary cap were created in a 2017 law that looked to regulate Amendment 2, Florida’s Medical Marijuana Legalization measure, which passed with the support of more than 71 percent of voters in 2016.

Fri
01
Feb

How cannabis is advancing Florida’s patient care in 2019

There has truly been a shift toward pro-cannabis thinking across the nation recently and this has fueled scientific research into the medical applications of marijuana. This combined with cannabis legalization in 30 states has given us usable information from clinical trials, FDA approved CBD medications, and science-based evidence. Now physicians from across America have become certified to recommend medical marijuana to qualified patients, for many conditions. Over-time cannabis-based treatment plans have evolved and become more effective and beneficial. Not only does cannabis have an array of medical applications, it has proven to be non-addictive, and comes with no negative side-effects.

Thu
31
Jan

Florida man spends 41 days in jail for heroin that was actually laundry detergent

Police in Florida arrested and jailed a man for 41 days on charges for trafficking heroin, only to discover that the "drugs" they actually found was laundry detergent, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Mon
21
Jan

South Florida eateries add marijuana ingredient CBD to menus

Customers are raving about the new slices at Pizza City in Fort Lauderdale — especially the marinara sauce, which is infused with cannabidiol, aka CBD oil, the trendy but controversial compound commonly found in marijuana.

Mon
21
Jan

Florida governor pushes for smokeable cannabis to be made legal

Medical marijuana patients in Florida will soon be allowed to buy smokeable cannabis products according to recent remarks made by state governor Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis announced last week that if the state legislature does not repeal the smoking ban from Florida’s medical cannabis statute within the first two weeks of March that he will drop an appeal to keep it in the law.

Earlier in 2018, a Florida judge rules that the ban on smoking cannabis violates Amendment 2, the measure passed in 2016 by 71 percent of voters that legalized marijuana in Florida. DeSantis has also said that the ban does not align with the will of the voters.

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