Florida

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.

Fri
18
Jan

Governor of Florida pushing to lift ban on smokeable marijuana

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the state legislature Thursday to repeal the ban on smokeable cannabis from the state’s medical marijuana statute. At a press conference in Winter Park, Florida, DeSantis said that the ban is not in line with the will of the voters.

Wed
09
Jan

Appeals court digs into marijuana smoking ban in Florida

Newly minted Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he may drop the state’s appeal of a court decision that said a Florida law banning patients from smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional.

But on the same day the Republican successor to former Gov. Rick Scott was sworn into office, lawyers for the state tried to persuade a three-judge panel to uphold the smoking prohibition.

Tuesday’s arguments at the 1st District Court of Appeal were the latest twist in a challenge to a 2017 law aimed at implementing a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. More than 71 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment in 2016.

Thu
03
Jan

Florida’s largest cannabis company makes a deal to carry edible marijuana products

The state’s first and largest medical marijuana provider, Trulieve, signed an exclusive deal to bring high-end edible marijuana products to Florida, the company announced Wednesday.

Binske, the Colorado-based company, began operations just two years ago, markets what they call a “commoditized high” through their top-shelf products.

Florida’s 162,000 registered patients will soon be able to buy and medicate with Binske’s wide-ranging collection of cannabis chocolate, granola bars, fruit leather, honey, olive oil and even French-inspired Pâté de Fruit candies.

Binske (with a silent “e,” like “smoke”) touts “farm-to-table products” that are made with premium artisan ingredients harvested from around the world.

Mon
31
Dec

Report details growth of medical marijuana use in Florida

Despite a bumpy rollout that has drawn lawsuits and criticism from legislators, a new report shows the number of Floridians using medical marijuana continues to grow.

In the first nine months of 2018, more than 136,000 patients across the state received certifications from 1,070 physicians to receive medical marijuana.

In all, those patients received 174,254 certifications — some could have received multiple certifications — for a host of medical conditions that qualify them to use marijuana. That included 41,143 certifications, or nearly 24 percent of the overall total, for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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