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Medical marijuana is one step closer to the ballot in 2016. Supporters have enough signatures to trigger a supreme court review. United For Care announced they now have more than 73,000 signatures, enough to trigger a review of the medical marijuana amendment’s language. The group still needs another 600,000 signatures to get on the ballot in 2016.

State Panel Prepares To Move Forward With Medical Pot

Aug 31, 2015

State health officials have named the three members of a panel that will choose five nurseries to be Florida's first legal pot growers, setting in motion the final stages of the drawn-out process to get Florida's new medical-marijuana industry off the ground. The Department of Health tapped two of its own workers --- Christian Bax, executive director of the agency's Office of Compassionate Use, and Ann Filloon, fiscal unit director of the Division of Children's Medical Services --- to serve...

Medical Marijuana Group Collects $770K

Aug 11, 2015

A group seeking to ask voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana raised more than $770,000 in July, buoyed by contributions from its leader, Orlando attorney John Morgan, according to a newly filed finance report. "People United for Medical Marijuana" raised $770,534 during the month and spent $756,419, as it tries to collect enough petition signatures to get on the November 2016 ballot. The Morgan Firm PA contributed about $704,000 of the July total, with Coral Gables retiree Barbara...

Tallahassee Insiders Take Aim At Pot License

Aug 2, 2015
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Influential Tallahassee insiders --- and a former lawmaker who is the grandson of one of Florida's most-renowned citrus barons --- have banded together with the owner of an abortion clinic to get in on the ground floor of the state's burgeoning medical-marijuana industry. Tree King-Tree Farms, located in Quincy, disclosed its team of lobbyists, lawyers, investors and consultants in an application for one of five, highly sought-after "dispensing organization" licenses to grow, process and...

Challenge Looms Over Medical Pot Applications

Jul 31, 2015

Even before selecting five nurseries to become Florida's first legal pot producers, Department of Health officials will face a challenge from at least one grower whose application was tossed out because it was late. The department's Office of Compassionate Use staff rejected two of the 30 applications from nurseries hoping to get chosen as one of the five coveted "dispensing organizations." Both were tossed because they were received after a 5 p.m. deadline following a frenzied scene during a...

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Today on the Florida Roundup, Miami-Dade County moves forward with a proposal to issue a $100 civil citation for possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana . The plan is part of a broader one to curb arrests in low-income areas as well as allowing for police to prioritize their patrolling. Miami Beach's Commission is considering a similar measure. JEBIO 2016 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush prepares to enter the 2016 race for the White House. Bush's past will soon come under more scrutiny, as...

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The Florida House has passed a bill that creates the “Right to Try Act.” The legislation gives dying patients a chance to try treatments that have undergone clinical trials but haven’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Patients who’ve been diagnosed as having less than a year to live would be eligible for the experimental treatments. Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) says these drugs may someday help his daughter. She has Huntington’s Disease, a condition that causes the brain's...

Marijuana Rule Hit with Two More Challenges

Mar 31, 2015

A Central Florida nursery and a trade association this week filed legal challenges to a state Department of Health proposal to carry out a new law allowing limited types of medical marijuana. This comes as lawmakers have expressed impatience with the delays in carrying out the 2014 law allowing the types of medical marijuana. It spurred the Senate Regulated Industries Committee this week to approve a bill (SB 7066) aimed at jump-starting the process. But at the state Division of...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a01Rg2g2Z8 The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday. "What I'm encouraged by is you're starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans recognize this doesn't make sense, including sort of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party," the president said in an interview with VICE News. During the wide-ranging interview, Obama noted that...

Delays continue for the rules on the state's legalized low-THC marijuana extract known as "Charlotte's Web," the Orlando Sentine l reports. A Jacksonville law group filed legal challenges against the Department of Health for its second round of final rules, claiming the new rules the department worked out this winter are vague and arbitrary, and that they’d lead the state to select growers who are "the most politically connected, not the best qualified,” the Sentinel reports. The law was...

A 12-member committee will debate the states medical marijuana rules this week. Florida is getting closer to allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. But first, rules for how to grow the non-euphoric strain of the drug have to be hashed out — and that’s what a committee will be discussing over the next two days in Tallahassee. The Florida Department of Health will have to pick the best five growers for medical marijuana in Florida, but they won’t be using a lottery to pick. A judge...

There's a new push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and a Republican lawmaker is leading the charge. Though a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana failed in November, Republican lawmaker state Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed a bill to make medical marijuana legal for Florida residents. "Amendment Two really was kind of a take-it-or-leave-it offer," said Brandes , R-St. Petersburg. Brandes filed SB 528 Monday afternoon. "I think a better way to do it right now is to go...

Proponents of medical marijuana began an encore campaign for legalization Friday, filing a rewritten ballot measure just two months after one narrowly failed to pass. Backers of the initial constitutional amendment appeared to have a wave of support on their side, but fell short of the 60 percent threshold needed as a surge of ads emerged claiming the measure's language was riddled with holes. They've now rewritten parts of the text in hopes of minimizing fear the new proposal would place few...

The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands. The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn't waiting until visitors hit the slopes — their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana. "It's the brochure rack, and it has...

WUSFs Craig Kopp talks with PolitiFacts Josh Gillin about a claim that the medical marijuana amendment did better at the polls than the last five governors in Florida. In the midterm elections earlier this month in Florida, the constitutional amendment to allow for the distribution of medical marijuana needed 60 percent of the vote to pass. Amendment Two received 57.6 percent. However, Ben Pollara , the campaign manager for the group behind the amendment, United for Care , tweeted two days...

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