Florida

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16
Nov

Florida: Brandes' Medical Marijuana Bill Would Fully Replace Charlotte's Web Licensing

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a bill Monday he calls "a robust and free-market regulatory approach to the governance of cultivation, processing, and retail sale of medical marijuana in Florida."

SB 852, like measures Brandes has supported in the past, will allow qualified patients with a range of conditions or symptoms to access medical marijuana if recommended by their physician.

The bill licenses cultivation, processing, and retail facilities and -- important to note -- fully replaces the existing Charlotte’s Web licensing system.

Mon
16
Nov

Supreme Court cancels December hearing on medical marijuana

The Florida Supreme Court is canceling a Dec. 8 hearing scheduled to consider a measure to legalize medical marijuana.

The court announced the decision Friday. The move comes a few days after Attorney General Pam Bondi said she will not ask the court to block the latest medical marijuana amendment.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the ballot initiative. Justices must decide whether or not the amendment is misleading and whether it complies with single-subject requirements.

Supporters tried to pass a similar amendment during the 2014 election. That ballot measure failed because it did not meet the 60-percent threshold needed to pass.

Fri
13
Nov

FL Supreme Court cancels hearing on medical marijuana

The Florida Supreme Court is cancelling a Dec. 8 hearing it had scheduled to consider a measure to legalize medical marijuana.The court announced the decision on Friday. The move comes a few days after Attorney General Pam Bondi said she will not ask the court to block the latest medical marijuana amendment.The Supreme Court is currently reviewing the ballot initiative. Justices must decide whether or not the amendment is misleading and whether it complies with single-subject requirements.Supporters tried to pass a similar amendment during the 2014 election. That ballot measure failed because it did not meet the 60-percent threshold needed to pass.Backers of medical marijuana will need to collect more than 683,000 signatures by next February in order to go before voters in 2016.

Fri
13
Nov

Medical marijuana initiative won't need hearing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

With Attorney General Pam Bondi declining to launch a challenge, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday called off a hearing scheduled for next month on a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana.

Justices still need to sign off on the wording of the ballot initiative before it could go to voters in November 2016. But without opposition to the wording, backers of the amendment appear likely to clear a key hurdle in the initiative process.

Thu
12
Nov

Meet the unlikely advocates for legal medical marijuana

When Moriah Barnhart’s 2-year-old daughter Dahlia was attacked by intense tremors, fever and nausea in May 2013, she rushed the girl to a Tampa emergency room. A week later, after surgery for an aggressive and cancerous brain tumor, Dahlia couldn’t eat, walk or talk.

Three weeks later, her left side partly paralyzed, Dahlia was moved to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for experimental treatments. She soon stopped breathing, a device had to be implanted in her skull to drain excess fluid, and her chemotherapy drugs had spread sores throughout her mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Subsequent treatments caused nerve and brain damage, vomiting and weight loss.

Wed
11
Nov

Broward County Commission passes marijuana ordinance

Police to have option of issuing $150 citation to those caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana

 
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The Broward County Commission approved a marijuana ordinance Tuesday, as a public hearing was held to discuss options that could keep those caught with small amounts of marijuana from going to jail.

Under the ordinance, which is similar to ordinances in Miami-Dade County and Key West, police officers will have the option of issuing a $150 civil citation to someone caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of filing a misdemeanor criminal charge against that person.

Wed
11
Nov

Medical Marijuana And Florida Veterans

I received the following e-mail from the Florida medical marijuana campaign:

We talk to a lot of veterans in this campaign.  Some have come to us because of major injuries they sustained, and are supporting medical marijuana because of how it has alleviated pain.

Others – old and young – have PTSD from combat situations – and find that marijuana keeps their mind steady and reduces the number of incidents. (It should be noted that PTSD is one of the conditions explicitly mentioned in the petition.)

There are many ways to honor veterans, and these brave and hard working men and women unquestionably deserve our thanks. But our veterans – as much as anyone – also deserve treatment options for their conditions.

Wed
11
Nov

Five reasons South Florida should decriminalize street pot

Why should California and Colorado capitalize on America's budding pot craze and economic boon -- and not Florida?

Growing numbers of Americans believe pot should be legal for medical and personal use. Miami-Dade recently gave cops discretion to hand out citations instead of handcuffs for anyone caught with a baggy of marijuana. Broward and Palm Beach should follow suit soon.

With our sun, sand and surf, no other place on the planet is more primed to take advantage of the American Pot Era than South Florida. Now is the time to pave the way.

Five reasons South Florida should decriminalize pot:

Wed
11
Nov

Marijuana "wax," or "dab," on the rise in South West Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A new drug is on the rise in Southwest Florida, and experts say it isn't going anywhere.

It's a form of highly concentrated marijuana that you smoke, but it's disguised.

 

It's called "wax," because of the way it looks, and is also known as "dab" or "budder."

"A couple of my friends have talked to me about it. They usually say that it's really strong. I guess it gives them a better high or something out of it," 21-year-old Toby Williams said.

The "wax" is highly concentrated THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets you high, solidified to be smoked and vaped.

It's biggest draw is that it's very hard to detect.

Tue
10
Nov

Super Majorities Now Support Medical Pot in States Across America

New polls show strong support for marijuana in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania ahead of next year's national elections.

 

Super-majorities of voters believe that medical cannabis should be legal, and most men additionally support legalizing marijuana for all adults, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University Swing State poll.

Pollsters gauged support for marijuana law reform in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

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