Florida

Mon
01
Jun

Florida medical marijuana sales boomed last week

The week ending May 28 was a strong week for Florida’s medical marijuana sector in general, with gains overall and in smokable flower.

Mon
18
May

Florida Researchers Hope to Clean Up Polluted Waterways With Hemp

Before its prohibition, hemp had been cultivated on fields across the U.S. for centuries—but Steve Edmonds’ vision of growing it hydroponically on polluted bodies of water might just be a first.

Edmonds has had the idea to clean up waterways using hemp since toxic blue green algae blooms severely invaded Lake Okeechobee in his home state of Florida in 2013. Now that hemp is federally legal to grow, Edmonds, a political science professor at Valencia College, has found a research partner at South Florida State College to carry out an experiment that’s been years in the making.

Mon
11
May

Florida Supreme Court Considers Cannabis Legalization Proposal

The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday challenging a proposed ballot measure that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis in the state. If approved by voters, the initiative constitutional amendment would legalize the use of marijuana by adults and establish a regulatory framework for commercial cannabis cultivation and sales.

Make It Legal Florida, the political committee championing the legalization ballot initiative, is currently collecting signatures in an effort to qualify the proposal for the 2022 election. But before that can happen, the state Supreme Court must approve the language of the initiative’s title and ballot summary, although the court does not rule on the merits of the proposal.

Thu
07
May

Florida Supreme Court hears arguments on 2022 proposal to legalize all marijuana use

With Attorney General Ashley Moody, lawmakers and groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce trying to block the measure, the state Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow people to use recreational marijuana.

The political committee Make It Legal Florida is seeking to put the proposal on the 2022 ballot but needs the Supreme Court to sign off on the ballot title and summary — the wording that voters would see when they go to the polls.

Wed
29
Apr

Florida Native Drives the Hemp Industry Home

Sunbelt Hemp and 39 HEMP are officially announcing their partnership and Florida launch after receiving the nod from the George Crop Improvement Association, a member of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA). Sunbelt Hemp’s hemp seed genetics are the first Officially Certified for distribution in Florida.

Thu
23
Apr

Florida Officials Oppose Ballot Proposal To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

State officials in Florida who are attempting to block a constitutional amendment ballot initiative that would legalize adult-use cannabis have filed briefs that explain their legal arguments with the state Supreme Court. Lawyers for the Republican-controlled state Senate and Attorney General Ashley Moody outlined their position against the initiative supported by Make It Legal Florida in the legal briefs filed on Monday.

Lawyers for the Senate are basing their argument on a new state law signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this month. The law contains several provisions designed to make it more difficult to amend Florida’s constitution through a ballot initiative, including requiring more signatures before a mandated Supreme Court review is triggered.

Tue
21
Apr

Florida marijuana dispensaries buck national trend with sustained sales spike

  • Medical marijuana sales surged nationwide during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, but have tailed off since mid-March, according to Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics.
Wed
15
Apr

Growing hemp is a new option for struggling Florida farmers. Licenses go online soon

During a time of historic economic disruption and agricultural turmoil in Florida due to the novel coronavirus, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says there’s a newer, greener reason for farmers to be hopeful.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is poised to green-light Florida’s hemp program as early as this week, clearing the way for farmers to apply for cultivation licenses and for other hemp-adjacent businesses to get involved in processing and selling the product.

Tue
31
Mar

Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Respond To Coronavirus With ‘Herb-Side Pickup’

While restaurants empty and bars close, patients depending on medical marijuana don't need to worry — dispensaries have remained open, albeit with new procedures to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Dispensaries are labeled an essential service under the same umbrella as health care and pharmacies, so business closures mandated made by local governments won't affect operations, said Vinit Patel, regional dispensary operations manager for Curaleaf, which has nearly 30 locations across Florida. 

Medical marijuana businesses are adapting new procedures to encourage social distancing. Some are closing lobbies and moving operations outdoors, or allowing “herb-side pickup,” such as RiSE Dispensary in Bonita Springs.

Tue
24
Mar

Is Cannabis Legalization Finally Easing Into The South?

Of the potential markets left untapped in America's legal marijuana industry, The South is the biggest of them all. A collective 125.5 million people live in the Southern United States, and only a fraction of them have access to medical marijuana. None of those 125.5 million Americans have access to recreational or adult-use marijuana.

That’s 38 percent of the country, a vast market for cannabis entrepreneurs. But social conservatism and a reluctance to change marijuana policy have kept this market from getting developed. That could change soon.

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