Florida

Mon
02
Nov

Medical Marijuana Petition Unopposed At Florida Supreme Court

I received the following message from the Florida medical marijuana campaign:

Our opponents have decided NOT to contest United for Care’s 2016 petition at the Florida Supreme Court.  As you may recall, United for Care won approval of the 2014 petition despite strong opposition by Attorney General Bondi’s office, as well as the Florida Medical Association, Chamber of Commerce, Florida Sheriffs Association and others.

NONE of these groups filed opposition this time!

While this could mean a speedier approval by the Supreme Court, it is at least a tacit acknowledgment by Attorney General Bondi that this petition is likely to satisfy the Court.

Sun
01
Nov

Florida medical pot law misses deadline, nearly a year behind schedule

Almost a year-and-a-half since Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers legalized a form of medical marijuana, the latest deadline for making it available to Floridians has gone up in smoke.

Again.

Sat
31
Oct

Officials: edible marijuana not yet a trend in St. Johns County

You can now smoke your pot and eat it, too.

The legalization of medical marijuana in a number of U.S. states and for recreational usage in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska and Washington, D.C., has created a new market for marijuana-infused edibles.

And these treats go beyond the old fashioned pot brownies.

According to a recent NBC report, bakers whip up laced treats in industrial kitchens that are later sold in legal dispensaries. In Colorado, consumers bought 5.8 million infused edibles and concentrate products in 2014, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue Annual Update.

While edibles are popular elsewhere, local law enforcement officials say they are not yet a significant part of the underground drug market in St. Johns County.

Wed
28
Oct

Marijuana entrepreneur prefers marijuana-user salespeople

Usage of marijuana has been doubled over the past years as laws and attitudes toward the drug dramatically transformed.  Entrepreneurs of marijuana will choose their ambassadors to be users to relate the benefits of their products to customers.

Marijuana consumption increased among all groups studied, but researchers noted certain rise in women, Black or Hispanic individuals living in the South.  These people are older or in their middle ages, according to CBS News.

Tue
27
Oct

Futureworld Hemptech To Launch “grow.droid” For Cannabis Industry

Fully Automated "Plug 'n Play" Grow Platform Designed to Increase Productivity & Profit

Saint Petersburg, FL, Oct. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HempTech Corp., a technology company catering to the cultivators of industrial hemp and cannabis market, is excited to announce the launch of "grow.droid", an all-inclusive, fully automated "plug 'n play" grow platform designed with premium commercial agriculture components for marijuana growers and cooperatives. The grow.droid product will be launched at the 4th annual Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, November 11th - 13th. This unique grow platform is available with a monthly lease option making growing affordable for small to medium sized grow facilities.

Tue
27
Oct

Kevin O'Leary sees 'spectacular' profits in legal marijuana but is afraid to invest

Millionaire investor Kevin O’Leary says he sees “spectacular returns” from the legalization of marijuana, but won’t invest because his lawyers have advised him not to do so.

O’Leary told CTV News Channel he’s been researching legal marijuana industry for three years, and recently considered partnering with a hydroponics facility in Vermont but “just can’t take the risk.”

Thu
22
Oct

Canadian Election Results Could Prompt Huge Opportunities for Cannabis Technologies

TAMPA, Fla., Oct 22, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In a historic week for the North American cannabis industry, Canada elected Justin Trudeau as prime minister after his repeated campaign promises to legalize adult-use cannabis in the country—good news for 

Thu
22
Oct

Florida Supreme Court Sets December Hearing On Medical Marijuana

Florida’s Supreme Court has set a December 8th hearing date to consider a measure that would legalize medical marijuana.

The court on Wednesday ordered oral arguments on the proposed amendment. The high court must decide whether or not the amendment is misleading and whether it complies with single-subject requirements.

Supporters of the measure 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. State records show that People United for Medical Marijuana has already turned in more than 286,000 valid signatures.

Mon
19
Oct

Cathy and Robert Jordan Seeking to Get Legalized Marijuana on the 2016 Ballot

Besides the big question of who will be president, marijuana legalization may be the most hotly debated issue in Florida going into the 2016 election cycle. United for Care is working to get a medical marijuana measure onto the November ballot, while two other groups are looking to get recreational weed legalized. Each of these proposals would amend the state constitution. To make it onto the ballot, each measure needs 683,149 verified signatures by February 1. Last week, United for Care was the furthest along, at 38 percent of this goal.

Mon
19
Oct

Florida companies waiting on decision to grow medical marijuana

MOUNT DORA — Four Lake County companies are among 28 in the state vying to grow cannabis in Florida’s medical marijuana program.

The Florida Department of Health will award one company from each of the five regions of the state — central, northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest — a license to grow and dispense medical marijuana. A decision is expected this fall.

The local companies that submitted applications in July were Treadwell Nursery, 25548 County Road 44A, Sorrento; McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery, 3515 La Place Court, Eustis; DeLeon’s Bromeliads Inc., 4055 Britt Road, Mount Dora; and Spring Oaks Greenhouse Inc., 17323 Lake St., Umatilla.

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