Florida

Mon
02
Mar

Medical-marijuana delays anger would-be users

Health regulators are on the defensive about their latest attempt to get the state's medical-marijuana industry up and running, rejecting criticism from a legislative oversight panel while trying to assuage concerns of parents of sick children.

At a hearing Monday, the Florida Department of Health's Office of Compassionate Use Director Patricia Nelson fielded questions from investors and nursery owners eager to become one of five operators authorized to grow, process and dispense non-euphoric cannabis believed to eliminate or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures in children with rare forms of epilepsy.

Thu
26
Feb

South Florida man first in state to be tried for smoking 'medical' marijuana

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

A South Florida man is making history after becoming the first person in Florida that will have a jury decide whether he guilty of smoking marijuana for medical reasons.

Jesse Teplicki, 50, was arrested in 2013 after police said they found 46 marijuana plants in his possession.

However, Teplicki claims he grows marijuana solely for himself and said marijuana is the only thing that helps his eating disorder, stating it stimulates his appetite and keeps his nausea at bay.

Teplicki said he's been smoking marijuana for 33 years and has tried other medicines to help his eating disorder, but says none have worked thus far.

Fri
13
Feb

Black Leaders Were Misled About Marijuana, Columbia Professor Says

On Sunday, Columbia University associate professor of psychology Carl Hart delivers  a major business conference keynote in San Francisco on spotting biased marijuana science. He’s also urging the crowd of largely white, affluent attendees at the International Cannabis Business Conference to diversify their new hires, and play a part in helping to correct centuries of racial inequality in America.

Wed
28
Jan

Cannabis may slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Medical marijuana advocates in Maine are trying to spread the word about a recent study indicating the drug may slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Gelassen family of Portland says it works.

Allen Gelassen is a pretty happy guy despite living with Alzheimer’s.

“I always have a problem (remembering) day-to-day,”said Gelassen, “But distance, some of it I can, some of it I can’t.”

The diagnosis came a few months ago, after the stroke that left him in a wheelchair. And with it, prescription painkillers; something that impacted his kids’ lives too.

“Groggy, depressed,” said his son, Benjamin Gelassen, “Which put that energy onto me.”

Tue
13
Jan

Florida Medical Marijuana Wins Majority, But Falls Short of Victory

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida’s Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative was defeated in today’s election, even though it won a majority of votes. Because it is a constitutional amendment, the initiative needed 60% of the vote to be approved. According to the Florida Division of Elections, with 96% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Amendment 2 had […]

Thu
28
Aug

Marijuana Compound May Slow, Halt Alzheimer’s

Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows.

 

Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Thu
26
Jun

Cannabis Growers Reduce Energy Consumption

HempTech, a division of St. Petersburg, Fla.-based FutureWorld, unveiled a facility and energy-management system to help reduce the electricity consumption and cost for cannabis growers. HempTech’s smart. NRG energy management system includes three components:

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