Florida

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05
Jul

Florida appeals court refuses to allow smokable medical marijuana while legal fight continues

Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Wed
04
Jul

Florida: Smoking medical marijuana not allowed while legal fight continues

Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Tue
03
Jul

Florida's ads against driving while high are drawing tons of criticism

The state of Florida recently launched a series of ads in an effort to educate people about the dangers of driving while high. But many people are saying the ads are both ineffectual as well as misleading, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Tue
19
Jun

Medical marijuana drive-thru coming to Florida

Medical marijuana patients will have a new option to get their pot.

Curaleaf, which has pot retail outlets in Miami-Dade and Lake Worth, will be adding a new store with a drive-thru option in Palm Harbor just northwest of Tampa. The company says it’s the first dispensary in Florida with a drive-thru.

The marijuana dispensary will open Tuesday and have a ribbon cutting at the store, 35388 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor.

The idea behind the drive-thru is to make it easier for patients who may have physical challenges getting into the store because of their disabilities and medical conditions, said Lindsay Jones, president of Curaleaf Florida.

Wed
13
Jun

Florida's medical marijuana patients still prevented from smoking cannabis

 

Despite a judge’s favorable ruling last month, Florida’s medical marijuana patients remain legally prohibited from smoking cannabis.

On May 25, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers said the Florida legislature’s ban on smoking medical weed was unconstitutional and gave the state a Monday deadline to establish a distribution system for dispensaries. Floridians voted by a 71 percent margin in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana with a constitutional amendment that included no restrictions on modes of consumption.

Fri
08
Jun

Florida company seeks federal permit to grow research cannabis in Maine

An investor with ties to the state has applied to build a facility and supply marijuana to a DEA program that's expanding cultivation sites.

A Florida company has applied for a federal permit to build a facility in Maine to grow cannabis used in government-sanctioned research.

Maridose LLC is one of 27 companies with an application pending before the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to grow cannabis for use by the 350 scientists across the country, including two in Maine, who have federal approval to study marijuana. For the past half-century, only the University of Mississippi could legally grow the pot used in federally sanctioned research.

Thu
07
Jun

MedMen inks $53 million acquisition of Florida cannabis cultivator, dispensary sites

MedMen Enterprises Inc., the country's leading cultivator, producer and retailer of state-sanctioned cannabis, announced yesterday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire dispensary and cultivation assets from Florida based Treadwell Simpson Partnership and affiliates.

As part of the transaction, MedMen will acquire Treadwell Nursery's cultivation facility situated on 5 acres in Eustis, Florida and the right to open 25 medical marijuana dispensaries in the State of Florida.

Wed
06
Jun

Judge says Florida can't ban smokeable medical marijuana, gives Monday deadline for new rules

When 72 percent of Florida voters chose to legalize medical marijuana via a 2016 ballot initiative, most of them expected to be able to legally light up bongs, bowls, and blunts stuffed with newly-legal cannabis. Because nothing is ever easy in Florida, that wasn't the case: The Florida legislature outlawed smoking medical pot and instead only legalized eating edibles, vaporizing pot, or ingesting cannabis oil.

Tue
05
Jun

Legality of smokable medical marijuana in Florida remains in legal limbo after hearing

The legality of medical marijuana patients using smokable medicine remains in legal limbo on Monday after a hearing in the State Capitol.  The state wants smokable marijuana put on hold after a judge's ruling, while supporters want patients to get smokable marijuana as soon as possible.

Circuit Judge Karen Geivers ruled 10 days ago that smokable medical marijuana was permitted by the constitution and isn’t prohibited by the law the governor signed. The decision was automatically put on hold when the state appealed.

Monday, lawyers were back in court, arguing the stay should be lifted and smokable marijuana should be available as quickly as possible. Jon Mills is the Amendment 2 author.

Mon
04
Jun

Former Florida judge: 'I’ve been haunted for 30 years' for punishing medical marijuana patients

For 30 years, former Judge Doug Bench enforced marijuana prohibition in Florida. Then a serious illness forced him to break that law in order to save his life, writes Calvin Hughes.

"I hated marijuana," Judge Bench confessed while discussing drug reform last year. "I hated the use of marijuana and the violation of the law."

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