Florida

Wed
04
Mar

Move to cap THC in medical marijuana stalls in Florida Senate

A proposed cap on the level of euphoria-inducing THC in medical marijuana has hit a snag in the Florida Senate, leaving a priority of the House in jeopardy as time runs down on the legislative session.

Senate Health Policy Chairwoman Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, introduced a proposal Monday that would have capped THC levels in medical marijuana for patients under age 21. Harrell tried to add the plan to a broad Department of Health legislative package but backed away after facing questions from members of the Senate Rules Committee.

Monday — 11 days shy of the scheduled March 13 end of the legislative session — was the first time lawmakers in either chamber had formally considered a proposed 10% THC cap.

Tue
03
Mar

Florida Lawmaker Seeks To Limit THC For Medical Marijuana Patients Under 21

In Florida, qualifying patients can obtain a medical marijuana prescription—but some state lawmakers don’t want them getting too high. 

On Friday, Republican state Sen. Gayle Harrell filed an amendment banning medical marijuana with THC levels exceeding 10 percent potency for patients under the age of 21. According to the Miami Herald, Florida’s medical cannabis law currently “places a limit on the amount of THC in edible products only, which may only contain 10 mg of THC per serving and 200 mg in total,” levels that are “much higher than what most patients would normally consume.” 

“I have been very concerned about this,” Harrell told the Miami Herald. “You’re seeing increasing percentages of THC in marijuana. This is not your granddaddy’s marijuana from the ‘60s.”

Fri
28
Feb

The Complex Issue of Cannabis Business On Tribal Land

Throughout history, cannabis was regulated by federal law on reservations, so it was generally illegal. But after the 2013 Cole Memo, the topic of cannabis on tribal land and how it ties into the tribe’s government autonomy became increasingly prevalent.

Thu
27
Feb

Global Widget's CBD University Podcast surpasses 5,000 downloads in first three months, answering today's need for quality CBD education

The CBD University Podcast, produced and published by Global Widget, the manufacturer and distributor of premium hemp-derived CBD products from Hemp Bombs and Nature's Script, has surpassed 5,000 downloads in its first three months. The podcast is now available on  iHeartRadio. Full video of each episode is available on Global Widget's YouTube Channel.

"Our podcast has been essential in educating consumers and the retail industry on all things CBD," said John King, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Marketing Operations for Global Widget. "Thousands of companies have tried to enter the industry just in the past year, yet we continue to lead by providing not only premium hemp-derived CBD products but also valuable education to consumers, wholesalers and retailers."

Mon
27
Jan

States That May Legalize Weed In 2020

This year already promises to have plenty of election drama thanks to the presidential race. But in some states -- including some of the biggest in the U.S. -- it also could prove to be a big election for marijuana. 

In other states, leaders are choosing legislative action over the ballot box. It’s setting up what should be an interesting year for cannabis advocates in 2020.

Chief among the states considering legalization are New Jersey and New York. Lawmakers in both states failed to pass legalization in 2019. Voters in New Jersey will take matters into their own hands this November. Meanwhile, New York is looking to partner on the issue with a neighboring state on legalization through legislative action.

Wed
15
Jan

Plan for Florida to vote on marijuana legalization this year fizzles out

Marijuana activists in Florida have decided to postpone their legalization efforts until 2022 after failing to verify the necessary signatures on time for the 2020 ballot. 

Make It Legal Florida managed to collect over 700,000 signatures, close to the target of 766,200 it needed to submit by February 1.

However, the “narrow timeframe to submit and verify those signatures has prompted our committee to shift focus to now gain ballot access in 2022,” chairman Nick Hansen said in a press release. 

The group previously sued Florida’s Secretary of State, asking for more time to submit the signatures.

Mon
30
Dec

2019 was a big year for cannabis in Florida. Here’s what happened and what lies ahead

A marijuana lobbyist became the only statewide Democrat sworn into office. Smoking medical marijuana became legal in Florida. A new hemp program gave farmers statewide the optimism for a new cash crop. On the whole, 2019 proved to be a monumental year for cannabis in the state

In February, The state hired its first “cannabis czar,” in August the Miami-Dade State Attorney announced it will no longer prosecute minor marijuana cases and in October, two associates of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s sought pot licenses in the state.

Tue
24
Dec

These U.S. states are most likely to legalize marijuana in 2020

The cannabis advocacy community wants the nation to believe that 2019 was a banner year in the realm of marijuana reform. But the only things that really happened were that New York and New Jersey failed to make good on their word to legalize, Illinois followed through and the U.S. House of Representatives dilly-dallied with a couple of bills (SAFE and MORE Acts) that will never see the light of day.

This “banner” year that pro-pot organizations like NORML are so proud of really doesn’t equate to much. But we could have better luck next year. There are several states positioned to legalize marijuana in 2020. These are the five that seem to have the best chance at success.

Tue
17
Dec

Florida's edible marijuana regulations still in limbo after 2 years

Gummies, cookies and lollipops are among the pot-infused treats available to cannabis patients and recreational users in other states.

But more than two years after Florida lawmakers authorized medical marijuana edibles, health officials this week set in motion the state’s first effort at putting the munchies on the shelf.

The Department of Health announced the development of regulations for what will and won’t be allowed, but no details have been released.

That means it will be a while before Sunshine State patients will be able to grab long sought-after items --- such as “Mango Maui Wowie Fruit Leather,” “Reef Jerky,” and “Space Brownies” --- which are fan favorites elsewhere.

Thu
12
Dec

Marijuana Legalization Could Be Coming To These States In 2020

This year has been momentous for cannabis reform, from the Illinois General Assembly becoming the first state legislature to pass a bill to regulate cannabis like alcohol to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the SAFE Banking Act and forging ahead with the MORE Act. 

It’s important to celebrate these victories, but with the end of 2019 comes the beginning of 2020, which is already shaping up to be the biggest year ever for marijuana-policy reform. 

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