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License regulations in Florida, Massachusetts could impact high-stakes medical marijuana acquisition

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A company already drawing scrutiny in Florida for potentially holding a stake in multiple medical cannabis businesses drew similar interest from Massachusetts regulators. Now a high-priced acquisition could hinge on how Florida handles its own licensing rules.Purchases in both Florida and Massachusetts involve the hedge fund Gotham Green Partners. That business last year made a play to purchase most shares of iAnthus, another fund with a heavy stake in the industry. But that’s a deal iAnthus now wants nixed, with iAnthus suing Gotham last month in a Canadian court over details of the restructuring deal, according to the trade publication GreenMarketReport.


Psychoactive substance summit set for the weekend in Gainesville

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There is no better place in Florida to hold a Sacred Mushroom Summit than Gainesville.

The city gave rise to the famed Gainesville Green marijuana strain. People gladly squished through pastures mined with cow patties in search of mind-altering fungi. Joints were regularly smoked at college football games. And ecstasy-fueled raves at Simon's downtown drew elite techno DJs from Europe.

The summit, set for Friday through Sunday at the Thomas Center, will feature lectures and presentations on the use of hallucinogens of the Americas including ayahuasca, cannabis and peyote.


Florida's Learn Sativa University Promises Higher Education

Learn Sativa University's curriculum includes marijuana history, laws, careers, growing procedures, and even popular cookbook recipes. Photo Courtesy of Learn Sativa University

The University of Florida has the Swamp, Notre Dame has Touchdown Jesus, Clemson University has Death Valley, and Learn Sativa University, a cannabis college in Apopka, Florida, has a five-acre weed farm.


Link Reservations Expands Retail Presence in Florida

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London, UK, Aug. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Link Reservations Inc.


Florida Issues Consumer Warning on Oregon Hemp

By Oregon Small Business Association

Florida state officials issued a consumer alert warning about hemp grown in Oregon containing rocks, sticks, and other foreign material accompanied by fraudulent certificates of analyses.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which regulates and inspects the cultivation and sale of hemp, issued the warning in July, saying it had received several complaints about the hemp grown in Oregon, one of the nation’s largest hemp producers.

Florida officials are working with federal and Oregon agriculture officials to remedy the problem.


Local café offers hemp-infused meals as option for customers

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A local cafe and shop is jumping into a growing trend by incorporating hemp and CBD into its dishes.

“You can really make pretty much anything and you can infuse the CBD or the hemp hearts,” said Head Chef and Kitchen Manager of Seed & Bean Market, Tika Saunders.

Saunders explained that one obstacle while working with hemp and CBD is making sure the temperatures of each dish remain within a certain range.

“You don’t want to go above…well between 320 and 356. I for one, I prefer to go low and slow,” Saunders said.

If you overheat your food, she said there’s a chance some of the chemicals from the hemp or CBD could be released.


Florida lawmakers to face push in 2022 for virtual renewal of medical marijuana certificates

Despite making permanent such pandemic-era innovations as “beer to go,” Florida lawmakers haven't acted to codify a recently expired policy allowing medical marijuana patients to renew their certifications virtually.

With the state's nearly 600,000 patients now required to visit a doctor in-person for recertification, pressure is mounting for the legislature to act during its 2022 regular session.

The policy allowing telemedicine to be used for medical marijuana patient recertification was promulgated by an executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at the start of the pandemic. The order expired June 26, nearly two months after the end of this year's regular legislative session.


What Is The Current Legal Status Of Delta 8 THC In Florida?

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Delta 8 THC is becoming more popular every day. As more people get to know about the benefits of delta 8 THC, the demand for the products is increasing rapidly. After all, when the product is so effective, everyone will naturally want to try it out. You can buy Delta-8 THC online pretty quickly and get the product delivered to your doorstep. With delta 8 THC products, there is some ambiguity regarding the legality. The legality of THC products evolves rapidly, so it is not easy to keep track of it. If you are in Florida, you might be wondering about the current legal status of delta 8 THC.



Push to legalize recreational marijuana gains traction in Florida

A new survey shows a majority of Floridians are in support of it, but organizations are still concerned it may not make the ballot in 2022. 

It's been nearly a decade since Colorado and Washington become the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Now, it's legal in 18 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam. Many hope the Sunshine State is next. 

"This is not a partisan issue. Across the political spectrum there is a majority of support," Suncoast NORML Chapter Executive Director Chris Cano said.

A recent survey by Public Policy Polling, shows 59% of Floridians support legalizing recreational marijuana compared to 31% of people who oppose it.


Apalachee Regional Planning Council Hopes To Strengthen Northwest Florida's Hemp Industry

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The Apalachee Regional Planning Council hopes to attract an industrial hemp processing plant to Florida's Big Bend. The council's Melissa Franklin says the nearest processing plant for the state's northwestern hemp farmers is more than three hours away.

"Having a processor within range of the farmers—it's an essential component. If you can't process the crop once it's been harvested, then it's dead in the water," Franklin says.

Franklin says bringing a plant closer to the region will help strengthen the local industry's supply chain.


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