Florida Legislature Fails to Implement Medical Marijuana Initiative, Leaving it to Health Officials

The Florida legislative session ended without a medical marijuana implementation bill being passed. As a result,  state health officials will now have to implement Amendment 2, the initiative approved last November by more than 71% of voters.

According to a report from the News Service of Florida:

A potential deal collapsed Friday evening after the House amended its proposal (HB 1397) to impose a cap of 100 retail outlets for each of the state’s medical marijuana operators, over the objections of some Democrats. The Senate had…

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West Virginia Becomes the 29th Medical Marijuana State

Today, West Virginia officially became the 29th state to pass medical marijuana legislation!

Gov. Jim Justice signed the law today after the bipartisan bill passed both the Senate and House earlier this month.

While the law isn’t perfect, it’s a great start toward providing safe and legal access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients. A summary is available here.

This achievement didn’t happen overnight. In fact, MPP, along with many other advocates, has been working tirelessly to get a medical marijuana bill passed for…

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New federal bill would reschedule marijuana as Schedule III

The latest marijuana-centric bill before Congress would place cannabis as a Schedule III substance, a classification shared by Tylenol with codeine, ketamine and dronabinol.

Two Florida congressmen, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz and Democratic Rep. Darren Soto, introduced legislation Thursday that would transfer marijuana to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act from its current standing as a Schedule I substance, the strictest of the classifications.

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Canadian marijuana grower strikes deal to enter U.S. market

Aphria – one of Canada’s largest medical marijuana producers – kicked off a U.S. expansion plan with an investment of 25 million Canadian dollars ($18.63 million) that will lead to the purchase of a licensed CBD business in Florida.

When the complex deal is done, Aphria will have established a foothold in Florida with the goal of eventually extending its reach to other medical marijuana markets in the United States, according to a news release.

Aphria plans to put the CA$25 million into private holding company…

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4 get federal prison for conspiring to ship Colorado pot

PUEBLO — Four men who conspired to grow marijuana in Colorado to sell it in Florida have been sentenced to federal prison terms.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the men were arrested in March 2016 in one of multiple raids conducted last year in Pueblo County.

The ring leader, Dennis Rodriguez, was sentenced to the longest term — 2 ½ years in prison — on Thursday. Judge R. Brooke Jackson sentenced Rodriguez’s brother Angel and Daniel Bingham to 14 months and sentenced Nathaniel…

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Industry officials encouraged as Florida’s medical cannabis law takes shape

By Omar Sacirbey

After months of uncertainty, Florida’s new medical marijuana program is starting to come together and industry officials believe the number of MMJ business licenses will be expanded beyond the seven companies currently licensed under the state’s CBD-focused program.

MMJ industry advocates said they are encouraged with legislation that state lawmakers have begun to hammer out to implement last November’s voter-approved medical cannabis referendum.

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America’s marijuana industry headed for $24 billion by 2025, report says

The latest gaze into the crystal ball puts the U.S. marijuana industry north of $24 billion by 2025.

New Frontier Data, a cannabis market research and analytics firm, gave The Cannabist a first look at its 2017 annual report, which aims to track the long-term potential for the industry. The report acknowledges external factors such as federal rescheduling or a full-scale crackdown could shake up the near-term.

By mapping out state-by-state sales to $24.5 billion in 2025 and projecting that…

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Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Proposed rules by the Florida Department of Health to regulate the dispensing of medical cannabis are contrary to the intent of Amendment 2, the ballot initiative approved by 71 percent of voters on Election Day.

Specifically, the draft rules would not permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients with chronic pain – instead limiting patients to those with one of ten qualifying conditions.

As approved by voters, the Amendment provides…

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Public Forums Announced to Debate Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules

Floridians voted overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment 2 on Election Day, passing the measure intended to regulate the production and dispensing of medical cannabis to any patient who is diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by their doctor.

However, newly proposed rule by the Department of Health seek to significantly amend this legislation in a manner that is contrary to patients’ needs.

Specifically, the rules would limit those patients who may qualify for cannabis…

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Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules Spell Disaster for Patients

Tuesday morning, the Florida Health Department released draft rules that are supposed to implement the medical marijuana law approved by 71% of Florida voters. It doesn’t appear regulators actually read Amendment 2, however. Instead, they tried to simply slightly expand the existing, and ineffective, low-THC program.

These rules would be a disaster for patients:

  • They require doctors to “order” specific quantities of cannabis, which is too much like an unlawful prescription and puts them at risk under federal law. If doctors don’t…

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Voters In Eight States Approve Marijuana Law Reform In Unprecedented Election Victories

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WASHINGTON, DC — Millions of Americans cast votes on Election Day in favor of sweeping statewide marijuana law reforms.

Voters in four states: California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved ballot measures legalizing the adult use of cannabis and licensing its commercial production and retail sale. Voters in four additional states: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota approved initiatives legalizing and/or expanding the use and dispensing of cannabis for therapeutic…

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Four States End Marijuana Prohibition, Three Adopt Medical Marijuana Laws in Historic Election

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WASHINGTON — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to end marijuana prohibition and Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota adopted medical marijuana laws Tuesday in the most momentous election to date for marijuana policy reform.

Montana approved an initiative to re-establish patients’ access to medical marijuana providers, which was hindered by state lawmakers, and create a more regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution.

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Marijuana Wins Big: California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada Legalize; Medical Marijuana Sweeps 4 States; Arizona Only Defeat

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3:00 AM EST: Maine appears to have approved Question 1, legalizing marijuana for adults.  The measure, which had slowly been losing an early lead all evening, has pulled through with 50.6% of the vote and 87.1% of precincts reporting.  Earlier, voters in nearby Massachusetts approved their legalization measure as well.

The only defeat of the evening came in Arizona, where Proposition 205, which would have legalized marijuana for adults, was defeated.


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California and Massachusetts Become 5th and 6th States to Legalize, Regulate, and Tax Marijuana for Adult Use; Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas Become 26th, 27th, and 28th States to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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WASHINGTON, DC — Voters in California and Massachusetts have approved ballot initiatives to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use, and voters in Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas have approved medical marijuana programs.

Initiatives to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use are leading in Nevada and Maine and trailing in Arizona. An initiative is leading in Montana that would restore patient access to medical marijuana providers and create a more…

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California & Massachusetts Legalize Marijuana; Maine & Nevada Winning; Arizona Losing; 3 States Approve Medical Marijuana

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11:45 PM EST: Voters in Massachusetts have legalized marijuana, approving Question 4 with 53.4% of the vote.


11:38 PM EST: Voters in California have approved legalizing marijuana. Currently with 54.8% of the vote and 11% reporting, both the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times are declaring a victory for Amendment 64.  Meanwhile, voters in Arkansas have approved medical marijuana, with 52.2% approval and 61.8% reporting.  Legalization measures in Maine and…

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Florida Legalizes Medical Marijuana: Amendment 2 Passes with Over 70% of Vote

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Florida voters have overwhelmingly approved allowing medical marijuana just two years after a similar measure failed to garner the 60% approval needed to pass.  This time, voters said a resounding “yes” on Election Day.

With over 89% of precincts reporting as of 9:30 PM, Amendment 2 had earned 71.2% of the vote.

“This is a major tipping point: With Florida’s decision, a majority of states in the U.S. now have laws allowing patients to find relief with medical marijuana, and…

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Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night

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This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.  Overall, legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year.

Votes are still being counted for legalization initiatives in Maine and Arizona, as well as for a medical…

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Marijuana Vote Results: Florida Passes Medical Marijuana Amendment 2; Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, South Dakota Marijuana Iniatives All Ahead

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9:15 PM EST: Polls in Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts and South Dakota have all closed.  Florida has approved medical marijuana Amendment 2.  Legalization measures in Maine and Massachusetts, as well as medical marijuana initiatives in Arkansas and South Dakota, are all out to early leads:

Arkansas: 51.3% in favor, with .2% reporting
Florida: 71.1% in favor, with 76.5% reporting (approved)
Maine: 53.4% in favor, with 4.6% reporting
Massachusetts: 50.8% in favor, with…

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Election Day Voter Guides

Today is the day! This is the biggest election in marijuana policy reform history, but even if you can’t vote on a legalization or medical marijuana ballot initiative today, you could play an important part to make future progress possible in your state.logo-mpp-286-mpp-and-we-change-laws

Before you vote, please check out MPP’s voter guides if you live in the following places:

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Illinois

Nebraska

New Hampshire

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

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And don’t forget to tell your friends in Arizona, Arkansas, California, FloridaMaine,

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Florida Becomes 1st State in the South to Approve Medical Marijuana

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Florida voters have approved the state’s medical marijuana initiative, Amendment 2.  This victory makes Florida, with its huge population and bellwether status in American politics, the first state in the South to adopt a medical marijuana law.

The new law instructs the Department of Health to register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes, and issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Individuals with cancer, epilepsy,…

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Latest Polling Information for the 2016 Marijuana Related Ballot Proposals

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On Tuesday, November 8, nine states will be voting on marijuana related ballot proposals potentially doubling the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and expanding the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans. Here’s where these measures stand in the latest polls.

Arizona: According to an October Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite poll, 50 percent of registered voters in Arizona favor Proposition 205 and 42 percent oppose it. The…

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Election 2016: Marijuana Law Reform Takes Center Stage

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This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana. The results are expected to have major ramifications for marijuana law reform in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and even internationally.

A recent nationwide Gallup poll found that a record 60 percent of respondents support legalizing marijuana, but polls on this year’s…

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NORML Sues Over Missing Ballot Item in Florida

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The Florida’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has filed a civil lawsuit against the Broward County Commissioner of Elections, after media and news reports revealed that mail in ballots have been sent to voters omitting the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment.

The claim was just filed by NORML’s national vice chairman, Fort Lauderdale attorney Norm Kent, and his law partner, Russell Cormican, on behalf of…

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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Appears Likely to Pass

A Saint Leo University poll released in lateSeptember indicated public support for an amendment that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida. Amendment 2 will allow Florida doctors to legally recommend medical marijuana to their patients with debilitating illnesses.hb-yes_on_2

Passage of Amendment 2 also authorizes the Department of Health to issue identification cards to patients and caregivers who qualify, as well as register and regulate facilities to produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes.

Although a Florida…

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Cash Flowing Into Pro-, Anti-Legalization Campaigns

Ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona and medical marijuana in Florida, which voters will consider Nov. 8, are spurring opponents and proponents to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, which opposes recreational legalization, has collected slightly more than $2 million but has spent less than one third of that and still has $1.4 million in its

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FL Poll Shows Support Rising for Medical Cannabis Measure

A new poll in Florida shows growing support for a medical marijuana ballot measure that the state’s voters will consider on Nov. 8.

According to a September survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute in Saint Leo, Florida, 68.8% of likely voters supported Amendment 2, as the medical cannabis measure is known, up from 65.1% in June.


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“It appears as though medical marijuana supporters will get the victory they were denied by voters in 2014,” Frank Orlando, director of the polling institute and a political science instructor at…

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Florida CBD Industry Inching Along, Eyeing November

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By Omar Sacirbey

Florida’s fledgling CBD market just launched but is proceeding at a snail’s pace, with the handful of licensed businesses hoping voters will approve a full-fledged medical marijuana program this fall.

For now, the current crop of CBD operators are hedging their bets on expanding their businesses ahead of the Nov. 8 election. 

“People are gearing up to pull the trigger on expansion plans after the November vote,” Jeff Sharkey, executive director of the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida, said. But, he…

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Major Marijuana-Related Campaign Donations Late in Campaign

Proponents and opponents of cannabis legalization are gearing up for the final stretch of the 2016 political campaign, and for both camps that means some big last-minute donations.

In Florida, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson – who funded most of the anti-medical marijuana ads two years ago – has jumped back into the fray with a $1 million donation to Drug Free Florida, the Sunshine State News reported. Adelson, who is reportedly worth more than $30 billion, gave $5.5 million to fight MMJ legalization in 2014 in Florida. But Adelson so far…

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Judge Recommends 7th CBD License in Florida

A Florida administrative law judge has rebuked the state’s department of health and is recommending that the agency issue a seventh medical CBD production license to an applicant that wasn’t awarded a permit last year.

Judge John Van Laningham found that one of the five license winners from last year, Alpha Foliage, didn’t meet the legal criteria outlined in Florida law and therefore shouldn’t have received a permit, Orlando Weekly reported.

MJBizCrashCourseIf Gov. Rick Scott’s administration doesn’t dispute Van Laningham’s recommendation, then…

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Top Legislative Victories of 2016

Now that most state legislative sessions are over for the year, MPP’s Rob Kampia has published a list of the biggest victories in what is already the biggest year on record for marijuana policy reformers!Rating_Badge_JO

On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill removing the threat of arrest for small amounts of marijuana, capping a record year of legislative and administrative marijuana policy reforms throughout the country.

Two states, Pennsylvania and Ohio, enacted effective medical marijuana laws via their legislatures, making them…

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These 4 States Will Be Voting on Medical Marijuana in November

These 4 States Will Be Voting on Medical Marijuana in November

Will medical marijuana go four for four this year? It seems likely, but we’re going to have to wait for November 8 to know for sure.

It’s been 20 years since California punched through pot prohibition and became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Now, 23 states have medical marijuana laws, and more than a dozen more have taken the half-step of legalizing the medicinal use of cannabidiol (CBD) only—not raw marijuana.

While some of the early medical marijuana states have now moved on to full legalization—and…

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Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment 2 Polling at 77%

Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment 2 Polling at 77%

MIAMI BEACH, FL — Florida voters strongly support a proposed ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, according to a recent poll of likely voters.

The poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research on behalf of United for Care, the organization sponsoring measure, found that 77%  of likely voters support the  “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions” Amendment 2.  Only 20% were opposed.

Anzalone conducted a similar survey for United for Care in June, 2014 in which the previous version of…

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Separating Myth From Fact: DPA Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

Separating Myth From Fact: DPA Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

Report Addresses Most Commonly-Asked Questions About Marijuana Use and Its Mfor Historic Votes on Marijuana Law Reform this November

The Drug Policy Alliance on Thursday released Marijuana Facts, intended for non-expert audiences seeking answers to some of the most common questions asked about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape.

The booklet addresses 15 frequently-asked questions about subjects such as driving, mental health, brain development, potency, edibles and concentrates.  It touches on marijuana’s…

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FL Billionaire Heiress Donates $800k to MMJ Legalization Foe

Florida billionaire Carol Jenkins Barnett, who is heir to the supermarket chain Publix, is reportedly behind an $800,000 donation to Drug Free Florida, an organization that is fighting against medical marijuana legalization in the Sunshine State.

The Jenkins Barnett Family Trust made the donation on July 14, the Miami New Times reported this week.

Barnett is worth $1.8 billion herself and owns 5% of Publix as the chain’s largest shareholder. She also gave half a million to Drug Free Florida two years ago, when MMJ legalization failed…

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Florida Dispensaries to Open in Florida, but Most Patients Still Left Behind

The first dispensary in Florida to offer low-THC medical marijuana products is expected to open in Tallahassee on Tuesday. Unfortunately, there are still huge flaws in Florida’s law. Dispensaries may be opening up, but for most patients, the doors are still shut.YesOn2Florida

First, only low-THC marijuana will be available, and only patients with cancer, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms will qualify, leaving many patients behind. Although cannabis with more THC will eventually be available, it will only be for terminally ill…

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Week in Review: Florida CBD, Cannabis Legal Battles & Ominous Clouds in AZ, MA

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By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Florida’s long-awaited CBD industry approaches the launchpad, cannabis lawsuits make headlines, and recent polling numbers cast a dark cloud over recreational marijuana legalization in two states.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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First to seed doesn’t necessarily mean first to sell.

Consider Florida, where in February Surterra Therapeutics in the southwestern part of the state became the first approved licensee to receive…

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First Florida CBD Dispensary Ready for Launch

Florida’s first dispensary plans to open Tuesday, roughly two years after the state legalized CBD-based medicine.

The distinction of being the first business in the state to legally sell CBD products goes to Trulieve in North Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Not far behind is Alpha/Surterra, a company with offices in Tampa and Tallahassee that had its first harvest last week. The company plans to start dispensing later this summer, the Times reported.

Besides Truelieve and Surterra, another four nurseries are growing and…

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2016 Marijuana-Related Statewide Ballot Proposals

2016 Marijuana-Related Statewide Ballot Proposals

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2016 is set to be a monumental year for marijuana law reform. There are currently nine pending ballot initiatives to either legalize adult marijuana use or to legalize the use of medical marijuana for qualifying medical conditions. The country could double the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and could potentially expand the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans come November.

Find below a summary of each of these pending initiatives, links…

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Florida Nursery Still Fighting for License + First CBD Harvest

Florida’s haphazard CBD industry is technically up and running now that its first-ever harvest has taken place, but in the meantime a legal battle remains underway over a potential new licensee that wants the right to grow cannabis.

The harvest, completed at a facility run by Surterra Therapeutics, is the first of many to come from the six currently licensed companies allowed to produce CBD in the state, the Associated Press reported. Surterra and its colleagues are all poised to expand rapidly if Amendment 2, a pro-medical marijuana…

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NORML PAC Endorses Tim Canova, Challenger to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

NORML PAC Endorses Tim Canova, Challenger to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

tim canovaThe NORML PAC is proud to announce its endorsement of Tim Canova, democratic primary challenger to US House member and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for Florida’s 23rd congressional district race.

Mr. Canova, a law school professor and political activist, is the first Democratic challenger to Representative Wasserman-Schultz since she’s held the office and NORML is excited to support his Congressional campaign.

Unlike Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz, who has cast a number of votes opposing sensible marijuana law reforms,…

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Leveling the Playing Field in Florida with CFL NORML

Leveling the Playing Field in Florida with CFL NORML

After a narrow defeat in 2014, Florida voters will have another opportunity to legalize medical marijuana this November by voting YES on Amendment 2, but not before being inundated with misinformation from some of Florida’s most notorious marijuana prohibitionists. With more than $10 million dollars committed to defeating the measure, Floridians can expect a salvo of refer madness unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. Even in states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska –…

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Florida: Orlando City Council Approves Marijuana Citation Ordinance

Florida: Orlando City Council Approves Marijuana Citation Ordinance

ORLANDO, FL — Members of the Orlando City Council voted 4 to 3 this week in favor of a new municipal ordinance giving police the option to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana possession offenders.

Under the ordinance, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, first-time and second-time possession offenses involving up to 20 grams of cannabis may be punished by a fine of no more than $200 – no arrest and no criminal record.

Under state law, similar offenses are classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in…

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Poll: Swing State Voters Favor Marijuana Legalization

Poll: Swing State Voters Favor Marijuana Legalization

Solid majorities of voters in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania support the legalization of marijuana for adult use, and super-majorities in Florida and Ohio support efforts to medicalize the plant, according to polling data provided today by Quinnipiac University.

Fifty-six percent of Florida voters believe that state law ought to allow “adults to legally possess for personal use small amounts of marijuana.” Only majorities of self-identified Republicans and respondents over the age of 65 oppose legalization.

With…

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A $10M Fight in the Sunshine State: Q&A With John Morgan on Florida MMJ Legalization

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By John Schroyer

John Morgan has been, by his own description, a “one-man band” for medical marijuana in Florida over the past four years, having bankrolled two separate campaigns to legalize MMJ in the state.

The first, in 2014, fell just short of the 60% threshold it needed at the ballot box to become law.

At least part of that was due to casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who put several million dollars of his own money into fighting MMJ legalization in Florida.

This time around, Morgan and…

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Florida Anti-Medical Marijuana Effort Vows to Raise $10M

A Florida campaign with ties to casino mogul Sheldon Adelson – who helped defeat a 2014 medical cannabis initiative in the Sunshine State – plans to raise at least $10 million to fight MMJ legalization this fall, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Florida real estate executive Mel Semble is spearheading this year’s drive to kill a legalization ballot initiative. Sembler, founder of Drug Free America, helped raise roughly $7.5 million to oppose the 2014 measure, roughly $5 million of…

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Florida Authorizes Medical Marijuana Access for Terminally Ill

Florida Authorizes Medical Marijuana Access for Terminally Ill

TALLAHASSEE, FL —  Republican Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation into law permitting the use of medicinal cannabis to terminally ill patients.

House Bill 307 expands the state’s so-called ‘Right to Try Act’ – legislation that permits terminally ill patients to experiment with non-FDA approved remedies – to include the use of medicinal cannabis.

Under the new law, which took immediate effect, patients diagnosed with no more than 12 months to live are eligible to access both low-THC and high-THC strains of cannabis.

The measure…

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Florida Governor Signs Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients

Florida Governor Signs Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients

TALLAHASSEE, FL —  Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that will allow people diagnosed with a terminal illness access to medical marijuana — if the state’s extremely limited and long-delayed medical marijuana program ever becomes a reality.

The bill signed by Gov. Scott on Thursday, House Bill 307, is an attempt to expand the state’s low-THC medical marijuana law by allowing products made from cannabis strains with higher levels of THC available to those patients with terminally ill conditions.  The bill…

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More Municipalities Move Forward With Marijuana Decriminalization

More Municipalities Move Forward With Marijuana Decriminalization

Local legislators in New Orleans, Louisiana and Tampa, Florida voted last week in favor of municipal ordinances to halt minor marijuana possession arrests within city limits.

Members of the New Orleans city council voted 7 to zero in favor of legislation permitting police to cite rather than arrest minor marijuana offenders (defined as those who possess 14 grams or less), including repeat offenders. First-time violators are subject to a $40 fine while subsequent offenders may face fines of up to $100. Under state law, first-time possession…

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More Municipalities Embrace Marijuana Decriminalization

More Municipalities Embrace Marijuana Decriminalization

Local legislators in New Orleans, Louisiana and Tampa, Florida voted this week in favor of municipal ordinances to halt minor marijuana possession arrests within city limits.

Members of the New Orleans city council voted 7 to zero in favor of legislation permitting police to cite rather than arrest minor marijuana offenders (defined as those who possess 14 grams or less), including repeat offenders. First-time violators are subject to a $40 fine while subsequent offenders may face fines of up to $100. Under state law, first-time possession…

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Florida Passes Another Useless Medical Marijuana Law

Florida Passes Another Useless Medical Marijuana Law

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Lawmakers in Florida voted Monday to approve a bill seeking to expand on the state’s non-existent medical marijuana program, sending it to the desk of Governor Rick Scott for final approval.

The bill, House Bill 307, is an attempt to expand the state’s low-THC medical marijuana program by allowing products made from cannabis strains with higher levels of THC available to those patients with terminally ill conditions.

The bill makes full-strength cannabis products available to the terminally ill under…

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