medical marijuana

Money Pouring Into Marijuana Committees

Oct 13, 2016
Associated Press

With time running out before the November election, campaign finance reports show that committees on both sides of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida received major cash infusions last week.

12-year-old Christina Clark takes medical marijuana.

Her mother Anneliese Clark uses it to treat the seizures her daughter has had since she was three months old. At her worst, “she just literally, she wasn’t doing anything,” Anneliese Clark said. “She laid on the couch and shook and twitched.”

Clark remembers Christina locked in a fetal position, unable to hold her head up, swallow her own spit, or control her bodily functions. After trying 17 different pharmaceutical drugs, Anneliese turned to medical marijuana.

Florida’s medical marijuana program took too long to start for the parents of some sick children.

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Judge Likely To Recommend Seventh Pot License

Aug 9, 2016

An administrative law judge paved the way for another nursery to get a medical-marijuana license, striking a blow against the Florida Department of Health during a contentious hearing Monday.

The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Tallahassee.  After two years of waiting, patients throughout Florida will be able to get the drug, but there are new challenges ahead.

Florida's Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana and its location will be in Tampa.

Florida’s first cannabis dispensary is now open in Tallahassee.  Trulieve medical director Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith says the next step is getting doctors ready to prescribe the treatment.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

 A new poll of Miami-Dade County voters finds the mayor's race is still "wide open," support for medical marijuana hovers right around the threshold for approval — and Donald Trump has his work cut out for him.

The poll of 600 voters was conducted last week by Bendixen & Amandi for WLRN, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Univision.

In the mayor's race, the poll found incumbent Carlos Gimenez has a lead of more than 10 percentage points over his closest challenger, but a third of the respondents are still undecided.

Nurseries Seek To Block Pot Production

Feb 2, 2016
Wikipedia Commons

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 2, 2016.......... In the latest twist in a nearly two-year struggle to offer limited types of medical-marijuana in Florida, three nurseries filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to at least temporarily block competitors from starting to produce the cannabis.

Judge Raises Red Flag About Pot Licenses But Can't Stop Them

Jan 25, 2016

Florida health officials lack the authority to issue final licenses to the state's first medical marijuana businesses, but an administrative law judge can't do anything to stop them, according to an order issued Friday.

If you think about growing medical marijuana, you probably picture pot growing in a field or maybe a green house. Instead, think prison, with a hint of laboratory.

State Moves Forward With Medical Pot Despite Challenges

Jan 12, 2016

Florida health officials are holding to a deadline next month for the state's first medical marijuana businesses to seek permission to begin growing non-euphoric cannabis, even with hearings in license challenges stacked up through mid-summer.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department /

  In a key step for supporters of legalizing medical marijuana, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would go on the November 2016 ballot.

Justices said the proposal, spearheaded by the group People United for Medical Marijuana, meets legal tests that include dealing with a single subject and having a clearly worded ballot title and summary. The Supreme Court does not consider the merits of proposed constitutional amendments but reviews them, in part, to make sure voters would not be misled.

Pot Helicopter Saves The Day For Nursery

Dec 10, 2015
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In what sounds like a line out of a Jimmy Buffett song, one of the state's soon-to-be medical marijuana purveyors used a helicopter and a landing at a golf course to squeak in minutes before a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to prove he had nailed down a requisite $5 million bond.

Bruce Knox, an owner of Lake Mary-based Knox Nursery, was the last of the five cannabis dispensing organizations --- picked by a Department of Health panel late last month --- to post a surety bond required by state law for licenses to go into effect.

Oral arguments over a petition to put medical marijuana in the constitution was canceled by the Florida Supreme Court Monday.