Get ready for another Florida medical marijuana push

When pot is this good, people don't give up. And Florida is not giving up on medical-grade marijuana anytime soon.

In fact, in coming weeks the second political push to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State via a constitutional amendment will be underway.

Last year, 58 percent of state voters approved such an amendment. However, the legislation needed 60 percent voter-approval to pass. So close, yet so far.

Now leaders of United for Care, the grassroots organization backed by a powerful Orlando attorney, John Morgan, expect to hit the ground sometime in June to build support.


Medical marijuana group expects big petition drive soon

Get ready for John Morgan's Traveling Marijuana Medicine Show 2.0.

United For Care, which last year put a failed constitutional amendment proposal on the November election ballot, expects to begin its main petition push in a matter of weeks to get a new proposal to voters in November 2016.

The organization, chaired by Orlando lawyer Morgan, already has a few volunteers pushing petitions. Yet it has raised little money so far for what would have to be a multimillion-dollar effort to get the issue on the ballot.

Still, it has resources from the failed 2014 campaign, including thousands of now-experienced, impassioned volunteers, ballot language that already has passed legal muster and Morgan's checkbook.


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Rancho Mirage. It is so unbelievably hot here it’s well, it’s unbelievable. That’s how hot it is. 106 degrees with no breeze at all.

I am not at all sure why we are even here, but the son of a close relative is visiting and he had expressed an interest in playing golf. We have a super course here at the Club at Morningside and we might have played a few holes but it’s far too hot now. It is heat stroke, sunstroke weather. Cruel.


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"Charlotte's Web" Marijuana May Finally Get To Florida Patients in 2016

By Kyle Munzenrieder.

Almost a year ago, Gov. Rick Scott signed the Charlotte’s Web bill into law, legalizing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana for medical use in Florida. Though, so far Floridians who need that medical treatment have not been able to receive it. The law has been held up by legal challenges and bureaucratic rigamarole, but supporters and potential suppliers think that Charlotte's Web may finally roll out in Florida in late 2015 under the best case scenario, but more likely sometime in early 2016. 


Medical Marijuana in Florida: Will It Pass in 2016?

A groundswell of support among everyday Americans has led to the passage of medical marijuana legislation in 23 states; however, Florida dragged its feet in approving medical marijuana legislation last year.

Although 57% of Floridians voted in favor of passing the medical marijuana measure, the total vote fell shy of the 60% required to make changes to the state's constitution.


Florida: Third Time's A Charm? Second Attempt at Recreational Marijuana Bill Dies in House

Revised recreational marijuana bill SB 1176, died in Regulated Industries Committee on May 1, 2015.

The bill was the second attempt by Miami-Dade Senator Dwight Bullard to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. His first attempt, SB 1562, was filed last February 28. That bill also died in Regulated Industries Committee (May 2, 2014)

The difference between the original bill and revised bill was the revision “strengthened the efforts to direct revenue from the excise tax on marijuana to educational and health-related issues” according to Bullard.

In simpler terms, the new bill stated that some of the profit made by the tax on recreational marijuana would go to the Department of Health and Department of Education.


The biggest drug dealer on Silk Road has been sentenced to 10 years in prison

Cornelis Jan Slomp, the Dutchman who became the biggest seller of illegal drugs on the so-called Deep Web marketplace Silk Road, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Slomp sold MDMA, ecstasy, cocaine, benzodiazepine, amphetamine, LSD, and marijuana in vast quantities on Silk Road, working from his home in Holland and using the account name SuperTrips.

What made Slomp such a big target wasn't the range of drugs he sold (lots of sellers offer a variety of items on the Deep Web, a section of the internet hidden from most web browsers), but the sheer amount he was able to sell.


Florida judge dismisses challenge to 'Charlotte's Web' medical marijuana

The low-THC, non-euphoric medical cannabis oil, also known as Charlotte's Web, is one step closer to reality in Florida.  

A judge has dismissed a challenge that a law approved last year by the Florida Legislature, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, would favor some potential marijuana growers over others.  The challenge was brought by Baywood Nurseries of Apopka.

Under state law, five licenses would be issued to companies to grow the marijuana and extract its oil, to be prescribed to those who suffer from debilitating conditions, such as epilepsy.   While the law went into effect last summer, the Florida Department of Health has not been able to proceed with rules and regulations on how to implement Charlotte's Web, because of the legal wrangling.


Creating The Epicenter Of Florida’s Cannabis Industry

By Peter Sessa

A city world famous for its cigar trade may soon be home to the nexus of Florida’s medical marijuana industry.

How do you build an industry around a product that is still considered illegal in your state? Rather than a challenge, Common Bond Collaborative sees this as a once in a lifetime opportunity.


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