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Wed
16
Mar

$1.9M in cannabis intercepted after UPS staff smell something skunky

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Man faces multiple charges after being mailed seven separate boxes containing weed

A 31-year-old man has been charged with trafficking marijuana after his alleged bid to receive about 86 kilograms of weed through the mail earlier this year was returned to sender.

The Panama City Police Department (PCPD) this week offered a loud and thankful shout-out to a UPS store in the Florida community after employees there noticed three large boxes that smelled like weed and called the cops in late January.

Officers responded, bringing along a trusty K-9 officer to give the boxes a sniff. The dog alerted to the presence of cannabis, notes the PCPD statement.

Tue
08
Feb

Seniors are using cannabis more than ever before

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TAMPA, Fla., Marvin Yeoman, 74, had tried cannabis as a young adult, but for his wife it was new.

“I never, never, ever even thought about marijuana when I was growing up — never in college, as a young adult or as a middle-aged adult,” said Rene Yeoman, 71. “It was just not even something that was on my radar.”

The Land O’ Lakes residents had both undergone recent major surgeries, so they gave in to their daughter’s suggestion to use the drug to treat chronic pain.

Rene Yeoman discovered she liked how edibles helped her sleep through the night and avoid the use of other medications.

And as seniors the couple is in good company.

Tue
01
Feb

The Florida cannabis industry is growing. Here's why Palm Beachers may want in.

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The first Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce breakfast event of the year focused on a taboo subject that is said to have numerous business opportunities.

At the Jan. 4 breakfast at The Breakers, nearly 400 residents and business owners gathered to learn about Florida's cannabis industry. 

Laurel Baker, the chamber's chief executive officer, said she thought the presentation would provoke an important discussion not commonly heard. 

"One of the directions that I have in finding programs is to bring to light topics that you normally wouldn't think to go to a chamber breakfast to hear," she said. 

Baker said the idea of a cannabis business goes beyond the walls of a dispensary. 

Mon
31
Jan

Ron DeSantis hints at decriminalizing marijuana in Florida but opposes its recreational use due to its 'putrid' stench

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Despite suggesting he is in favor of its decriminalization, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cited the "putrid" scent of cannabis as a reason he may remain opposed to fully legalizing its use in the state, Politico reported. "I think a lot of those other areas that have done it you know have ended up regretting it," DeSantis said Wednesday during a press conference in Tallahassee, according to Politico. "I could not believe the pungent odor that you would see in some of these places and I don't want to see that here. I want people to be able to breathe freely."

Mon
24
Jan

Florida’s roadmap to cannabis legalization

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The wait for legal cannabis in Florida may continue longer than proponents planned, but if everything goes accordingly from a planning and preparation standpoint, the wait may be worthwhile for consumers.

Ever since Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis use about a decade ago, dozens of other states have followed in their footsteps. In fact, nearly half of the states in the country have recreational cannabis laws on the books now, which makes one curious as to where Florida is on cannabis legalization.

Tue
11
Jan

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

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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.

Tue
04
Jan

Agrify to Provide Florida Marijuana Treatment Center With Vertical Farming Units

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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.

Wed
15
Dec

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

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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."

Tue
07
Dec

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.

Fri
26
Nov

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.

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