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Cities Face ‘All Or Nothing’ Choices On Medical Marijuana

Aug 18, 2017

Florida cities and counties are in a dilemma about pot.

State lawmakers approved regulations in June that left city and county officials with a Hobson's choice about the sale of medical marijuana in their communities.

The Florida Department of Health has chosen five new marijuana growers in the last few weeks.

Florida has seen a 60 percent surge in the number of patients being treated with medical marijuana since June.


State Issues More Medical Marijuana Licenses

Aug 2, 2017

Two more medical-marijuana businesses have joined seven already licensed by the state, and another three are in the works, as the potentially lucrative industry continues to develop.

Even after Florida’s medical marijuana bill became law, some communities are still deciding on the language of their own ordinances.

Sales of recreational marijuana have blown past expectations in Nevada, threatening to leave some dispensaries with empty shelves. After Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed a statement of emergency in the first week of legal sales, regulators are looking to bolster the supply chain.

The Nevada Tax Commission is meeting Thursday to determine whether the state has enough wholesale marijuana distributors; it could also adopt emergency regulations.

Along with picnics and barbecues, the Fourth of July brings a less pleasant yearly ritual for many dog lovers: worrying about a family pooch who panics at the sound of firecrackers.

Betsy and Andy Firebaugh of Santa Cruz, Calif., have reason for concern. They live on a mountain ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean — a usually peaceful scene, except at this time of year, when people illegally set off firecrackers at local beaches. The explosive booms send their otherwise happy Australian shepherd — Seamus — into a frenzy.

Florida health officials have issued their proposed rules to implement the state's constitutional medical marijuana amendment.

Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Deal

Jun 11, 2017

Florida will have 10 additional marijuana operators — more than double the number of the state's current vendors — within four months, under a medical marijuana proposal approved by lawmakers Friday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" intends to sign the medical marijuana bill passed Friday by the state Legislature.


The Florida Legislature's passage of a bill to enact the state's constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana has ended one chapter in the battle over setting up regulations for the nascent industry. But pro-pot supporters say it doesn't go far enough.

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The Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo kicked off Friday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center with more than 100 exhibitors, including doctors, insurance companies and attorneys.

“We’re a safe place to learn about the industry,” says Danielle Sedgwick, executive operations director for the conference. She says they’ve done other conferences in the western United States, but Florida’s emerging market and international connections drew them southeast.

Special Session Will Include Medical Marijuana

Jun 7, 2017

Florida legislative leaders have struck a deal about carrying out a voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana for patients with debilitating illnesses.

Legislators May Take Up Medical Marijuana During Special Session

Jun 5, 2017

Next week's special legislative session focused on funding for education and economic development won't include medical marijuana, at least for now.

Florida voters overwhelmingly passed medical marijuana last election. Now what?

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