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Smoking medical marijuana is now legal in Florida. Here’s how it happened

It started in 1986 with a puff of Myakka Gold marijuana on Bradenton Beach.

Cathy Jordan was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and given no more than five years to live. She came down to Florida from her home in Delaware with the goal to end her own life.

She wanted to see the beach and smoke some pot before she took a handful of muscle relaxers that would numb her pain once and for all.

But after a few hits on the beach that night, she suddenly felt better. She went home to Delaware and told her husband, Bob Jordan, about her experience. Little did they know, the couple had become a part of something bigger.

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19
Mar

Selection of THC-infused products to launch in Michigan provisioning centres by month’s end

Dixie Brands Inc. has executed a definitive agreement with Michigan’s Choice Labs that will see a selection of THC-infused products available for sale in the state’s provisioning centres by the end of the month.

The agreement—which runs for 10 years, with two five year options to renew—relates to the joint venture licensing agreement the two companies announced on Feb. 6, 2019, notes a statement from Dixie Brands, a consumer packaged goods company that services the cannabis industry. Choice Labs, for its part, is a medical cannabis company licensed by the State of Michigan to grow, process and sell cannabis.

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19
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1 in 4 marijuana consumers get high at work in legal States

Work in an office long enough and concepts like boozy lunches or work-sponsored afternoon happy hours can become part of the routine as much as anything else. The thought process is you can have a buzz on and still adequately finish your work. Well, it appears cannabis users in legal states have taken that notion and ran with it.

Tue
19
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Pennsylvania Senators seeking co-sponsors for Recreational Cannabis Bill

A pair of Pennsylvania senators have unveiled a plan to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adult use. The bill, which reads like a pot progressives’ wish list, has already stirred up high-ranking Republican opposition. But even with long odds, the legislation, which includes provisions for home grow, public consumption and release from prison, is starting off Pennsylvania’s latest push for legalization on the right foot.

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19
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Beto O’Rourke was an early supporter of marijuana legalization

The Democrats running for president have increasingly come around on marijuana legalization in time for the 2020 campaigns. But while many of the candidates have only just recently shifted to supporting legalization, at least one candidate was an early backer: Beto O’Rourke.

Tue
19
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Marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the US job market, according to a new report

The US added 64,389 full-time legal cannabis jobs in 2018, according to a new report.

That outpaces growth in other sectors in the job market. Job openings in the cannabis industry have also surged.


Forget the energy industry. Marijuana appears to be the fastest-growing job sector in the US.

The US added 64,389 full-time legal cannabis jobs in 2018, according to a new report from the cannabis website Leafly and the consultancy Whitney Economics. That represented a 44% increase in total positions, which rose to 211,000.

Mon
18
Mar

Confusion Over Cannabidoil: Is CBD legal? It depends who you ask

The cannabis chemical CBD is for sale all over Southwest Florida in a variety of products. Driving down U.S. 41 in Fort Myers, you can’t miss all the stores selling the popular hemp product.

Extracted from hemp, CBD (or cannabidiol) won’t get you high, but users say the popular product helps them fight things like pain, anxiety, and insomnia. And you don’t need a medical marijuana card or to go to a dispensary to buy it.

“There’s more curiosity for people to look into this as an option,” Rob Fontano, owner of Cirrus Smoke Shop in Fort Myers, said.

He said he’s been selling it for about a year.

Jimmy Java, owner of Jimmy’s Java, just started selling the hemp-based compound at farmer’s markets, adding it to his coffee.

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Can legal weed ever beat the black market?

One big reason to legalize cannabis is to wrest the market away from criminal enterprises and tax the proceeds. But in Canada and the US states where weed is legal, the illegal market has proven to be a tenacious competitor – and it’s likely to remain so for years.

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18
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How Minnesota can fix its medical marijuana market

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program has struggled for years as the flaws in its design have caused issue after issue.

New patients are leaving the program in droves, turning to the black market or prescription opioids because they cannot afford the processed pills and oils that are legal. Growers are losing millions because of a strict tax structure written into the law.

Lawmakers can fix this, but they might have to look beyond their home state for solutions. A slew of proposals at the State Capitol could save the manufacturers money and help them lower prices. Patients say they do not go far enough.

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18
Mar

Hemp comes to Alabama: state approves 180 hemp farmers

Alabama has approved applications from 180 farmers who want to grow hemp, and the first crop will be planted by April, said Alabama Department of Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate.

“The people who have applied are serious farmers,” Pate said. “These are not people who have been growing marijuana.”

A couple of applications that didn’t include the $100 application fee, or were not from qualified farmers, may have been rejected, Pate said.

“There may been one or two who wanted to grow it in their backyard,” Pate said. “That’s not the intent.”

Otherwise, no real farmers were turned down. The deadline to apply was by the start of March.

“We approved all the legitimate applications,” Pate said. “Those notifications are going out this week.”

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