medical marijuana

A strong majority of Florida’s voters came together behind a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana.  Now Florida’s lawmakers have to come together to roll out the changes.

Florida has legalized medical marijuana. But one big question: Where will those dispensaries go? And how much control will local governments have to regulate medical marijuana?

Voters in seven more states said "yes" to marijuana this month. Pot now is legal for recreational or medicinal use in more than half the country.

It's still against federal law and classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning U.S. officials consider marijuana to have a high risk of abuse or harm, and no accepted medical use in treatment. Also, it's still banned in professional sports.

Juan Cruz is a smartly dressed 15 year old Deltona boy: Black ball cap, bow tie, jeans and sneakers.

Sitting on a comfy leather couch, he’s handed a blue bag with his latest prescription: An orange-flavored medical marijuana spray with 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams CBD per dose. He pulls it out of the bag.

Medical marijuana was legalized in Florida after Amendment 2 passed during last week's election, but there are still questions as to what this means for businesses that have employees who want to use it at work.

Medical Marijuana Passage Creates Green Rush

Nov 14, 2016

Florida voters' overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients may have spurred a green rush into the state by investors eager to cash in on what will soon be the nation's second-largest pot market.

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.

Hear Gail tell their story in her own words:


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.

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