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.


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.


Will Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis expand medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida for nearly two years, but patient access is still limited and smokable marijuana is still banned.

However, that may change when Governor-elect Ron DeSantis takes office.

There are now more than 165,000 active medical marijuana patients in Florida, but industry insiders like Jeff Sharkey with the Medical Marijuana Business Association say access is still an issue.

“I mean the pricing is starting to affect people,” said Sharkey.

The state is appealing a ruling that declared the current medical marijuana law unconstitutional because it limits the number of growers licenses and requires businesses to follow a seed to sale model.


Liberty Health Sciences to open five new dispensaries, bringing total number of Florida locations to 12 by year end

Liberty Health Sciences Inc. (CSE: LHS) (OTCQX: LHSIF) www.libertyhealthsciences.com ("Liberty" or the "Company"), a provider of high quality cannabis, announced today that it plans to open two new dispensaries in Miami and Dania Beach by the end of November and three more in Hollywood, Bonita Springs and Orange Park by the end of this December. Each of the dispensaries will feature free 24-hour delivery service throughout their service area.   


Medical marijuana barriers to fall as Florida politicians from both parties back reform

In 2011, I made a relatively meek attempt at pulling together a campaign to place an amendment legalizing medical marijuana before Florida voters. I couldn’t raise enough money for a poll, nor could I find an individual of any stature or credibility who would serve as chairman of a political committee.

Two years later, after Colorado and Washington State became the first states to legalize marijuana for adult use, the environment was much different: a poll showed 71 percent support among Florida voters, and Orlando super-lawyer John Morgan decided to bring the full weight of his voice - and his checkbook - to the effort.


Florida House seeks to defend medical marijuana law

The Florida House is seeking to intervene in a potentially far-reaching legal battle about the constitutionality of a 2017 law that set regulations for the state’s medical marijuana industry.

House lawyers last week requested approval to help defend the law, which was designed to carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. A Leon County circuit judge this month sided with a Tampa-based firm that contends the 2017 law did not properly follow the constitutional amendment, in part because the law capped the number of medical marijuana licenses that can be issued.


Florida voters OK'd medical marijuana, but some city leaders just won't have it

Several Florida cities that temporarily banned pot dispensaries now keep them out permanently.

Nearly two years after Florida voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana, some cities' temporary stops to cannabis businesses have turned into outright bans.


Liberty Health Sciences opens three new medical cannabis education centers in Florida

Liberty Health Sciences Inc. (CSE: LHS) (OTCQX: LHSIF) www.libertyhealthsciences.com, a provider of high quality cannabis, announced today the planned opening this week of three of its newest Cannabis Education Center (CEC) dispensaries in Winter Haven, FL; Palm Harbor, FL, and Merritt Island, FL featuring free 24-hour delivery service throughout Florida. Opening for the Palm Harbor and Merritt Island locations are subject to DOH approval.


Florida: Gov. Scott appeals judge's ruling on medical marijuana law that industry feared would create chaos

Florida Governor Rick Scott filed a last hour appeal Friday afternoon that stopped a judge’s ruling that many feared might throw the state’s medical cannabis industry into chaos. “The Governor has directed the Department of Health to appeal this ruling after hearing from the Legislature, which is responsible for creating laws, not the judiciary,” according to Scott spokesman John Tupps.

The appeal stops a ruling from a Tallahassee area judge who ruled the state’s medical marijuana law unconstitutional because it failed to carry out a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, and ordered the state to start opening up the licensing process by 5 p.m. Friday.


Florida candidates were asked if they've smoked marijuana and here's what they said

Florida’s next class of elected leaders will confront changing attitudes about marijuana as a drug and recreational past time. Will they do so from a position of personal experience? Nikki Fried has the dankest website of any major candidate for statewide office in Florida.

Bumper stickers and T-shirts for the Democrat sell for $4.20. There is more cannabis green on the site than donkey blue. Among her top priorities for the Department of Agriculture, the state agency she hopes to lead? Expand medical marijuana and embrace industrial hemp.


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