medical marijuana

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
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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 / lacounty.gov

  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.

A Winter Garden nursery has been selected to grow medical marijuana for the Central Florida region.

Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the five dispensing organizations approved to provide patients with intractable epilepsy and people with advanced cancer access to low-THC cannabis. The five approved organizations are:

Northwest Region – Hackney Nursery Company

Northeast Region – Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, LLC

Central Region – Knox Nursery, Inc.

Southwest Region – Alpha Foliage, Inc.  

Southeast Region – Costa Nursery Farms, LLC

Two Republican lawmakers are pitching a moderate expansion of the medical marijuana system they pushed through the Legislature almost two years ago.  The measure removes limits on potency, but only for terminally ill patients.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who loudly opposed a medical marijuana measure that appeared on the 2014 ballot, is staying on the sidelines this time around.

State economists recently said a potential ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana could bring in millions in sales tax revenue.

Cloudy Timeline For Medical Marijuana Frustrates

Oct 7, 2015

With the Department of Health unable to say when licenses will be issued in the state's new medical-marijuana industry, a House Republican on Tuesday blasted delays in carrying out a 2014 law billed as helping children with severe epilepsy.

Florida doctors can soon order medical marijuana for their patients. The law goes into effect at the start of next year.

But so far, only a few dozen doctors have signed up.

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