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Miami rejects medical cannabis dispensaries. A lawsuit could bring matter to a head

Two companies fighting to open medical marijuana dispensaries downtown have sued the city of Miami, challenging the city’s stance that federal law trumps the Florida Constitution.

Miami’s city government has rejected cannabis dispensaries since Florida voters approved the creation of a full-fledged medical marijuana marketplace in a 2016 referendum that amended the state Constitution. Instead of creating zoning restrictions to regulate where dispensaries can open, or outright banning them, Miami has created no new laws and relied on an internal legal opinion that the change to the Florida Constitution was moot because federal law continues to categorize marijuana as an illegal substance with no medicinal value.


Florida will no longer test boxers, MMA fighters for marijuana

The Florida State Boxing Commission has made a major change to its policy regarding cannabis.

At a meeting Tuesday, the commission voted to essentially eliminate marijuana from its prohibited drug list, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation spokesperson Patrick Fargason told ESPN on Tuesday. Previously in Florida, even trace amounts of cannabis found in a fighter's system would lead to a suspension, fine and a victory getting overturned.

"We're not testing for it," Fargason said. "We're not doing anything with it -- period."


THC In Candy Bags Highlight Risks Of Depriving CannaBusiness Of Trademark Protection

Florida officials are on “high alert” as THC edibles “are making their way into the hands of children and teens.” Of particular concern is the fact that the goods in question “bear a striking resemblance to ordinary candy.”

Florida's Marijuana Market Is About to Explode

Florida's marijuana market consists of 22 Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs). Each center owns a vertically-integrated license that allows and requires them to grow, process, dispense, and deliver medical marijuana. Also, five laboratories are licensed to perform third-party testing of medical marijuana. 

In Florida, the medical marijuana license allows the current MMTCs to build out as big of a footprint as possible in preparation for adult use (recreational) legalization. This regulatory framework is unique from most other states, which provide specialized licenses and have a cap on the production of marijuana per license-holder.


Bill that caps THC potency in medical marijuana moves forward in Florida House

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A bill aimed at capping the amount of THC in medical marijuana cleared its first committee stop in the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Professions & Public Health Subcommittee passed the bill, HB 1455, allowing it to move forward in the Florida House.

The bill states that qualified physicians may not prescribe medical marijuana containing more than 10 percent THC to patients. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation.

The bill would also limit patients to 15,000 milligrams of THC every 35 days.


Cannabis Job Growth Up 32 Percent in 2020, Despite Covid-19

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Leafly’s fifth annual cannabis jobs report showed the cannabis industry to support 321,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2021! An incredible number for an amazing and highly-deserving industry.

Cannabis jobs aren’t accurately reported to the Department of Labor because it’s federally illegal, so in partnership with Whitney Economics, Leafly has been filling that gap since 2017! The result is a goldmine of knowledge, and always filled with incredible cannabis job data.


Should Florida legalize marijuana for adult use?

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With the State in a budget crisis on the heels of the pandemic, some lawmakers are getting creative looking for revenue.

The CBS 12 News I Team is exploring one potentially profitable proposal: legalizing and taxing marijuana.

Politicians for it and pot professionals say the stigma is gone and they point out the potential for fast-cash is enormous.

For opponents, the bottom line is the doorway to addiction and sending the wrong message to kids.

Right now Florida medical marijuana patients pick up their pot at dispensaries like this Rise on Clematis Street.

Soon, they could be joined by recreational users, though the marijuana industry doesn’t like the term "recreational." They prefer “adult use” marijuana.




The University of Florida Introduces Hemp Approval Program

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) announced its partnership with Roseville Farms to implement an industrial hemp program.

The program, which is led by Brian Pearson, an assistant professor of crop management at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, "provides a science-based evaluation of industrial hemp varieties," the organization states in a news release.


Florida’s marijuana industry nearly doubled jobs, approached $1.23 billion in sales in 2020

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The medical marijuana market in Florida created nearly 15,000 new jobs in 2020 and employs an estimated 31,444 state residents, according to a new analysis.

Florida recorded nearly $1.23 billion in marijuana sales in 2020, according to the report posted by Leafly and Whitney Economics. Florida’s sales were more than every state except California and Colorado, where marijuana is legal for adults.


Florida lawmakers may limit potency of medical marijuana this year

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For two years, patients, advocates and medical marijuana operators have been up in arms about lawmakers’ efforts to limit the levels of euphoria-inducing THC in smokable cannabis.

And for two years, the Senate has blocked the move.

But new Senate leadership, and a newly elected senator, could provide fertile ground for THC caps during the upcoming legislative session.

“It’s certainly something that’s on the table,” Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, told reporters.


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