Medical Marijuana

TALLAHASSEE --- New rules laying out the do’s and don’ts physicians must follow when certifying patients to smoke medical marijuana took effect last week, but it’s not clear that doctors or patients are fully aware of them.

Patients certified or recertified to smoke medical marijuana must sign a new standardized consent form as of last Tuesday. That form for the first time includes information about the dangers of smoking near oxygen tanks and advises patients to check their marijuana supplies for mold contaminants.

Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Stalls As Public Employees Are Fired For Legal Use

Apr 28, 2021
Former Marion County school administrator Michael Hickman listened at a school board hearing as the board decided the fate of his educational career. He was fired, part of a string of public employee firings in Fla. related to legal medical pot use.
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The first time Allison Enright, a Brevard County teacher, fell at work, doctors prescribed her opioids to deal with the pain. 

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A poll commissioned by the marijuana reform group Florida for Care has found that 59% of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana.

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As the number of medical marijuana patients in Florida grows, Republican lawmakers in Tallahassee are once again exploring a possible cap on the level of euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medical marijuana.

Fla. House Panel To Weigh Pot Potency

Mar 8, 2021
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A House panel Tuesday will take up a controversial bill that would make changes in Florida’s medical-marijuana laws, including limiting the amount of euphoria-inducing THC in marijuana products.

Florida legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Since then, state lawmakers have tried to make changes. This year is no different. Proposals for full legalization and one providing employee protections for medical marijuana users are on the table.

Florida Hemp Farming Grows As CBD Demand Rises

Jan 11, 2021

Within the next few years hemp farming in Florida is projected to grow to about half the size of the state's citrus industry. Much of that growth is driven by CBD production.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Niki Fried says hemp cultivation is overtaking some of Florida's best known crops.

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Just one week after health officials signed off on guidelines for edible pot products, Florida’s largest medical marijuana operator on Wednesday began selling THC-infused candies in Tallahassee.

Edible Pot Products Get State Go-Ahead

Aug 28, 2020

TALLAHASSEE --- Animal crackers and gummy bears are off the table, but Florida medical marijuana operators finally will be allowed to manufacture and sell THC-infused cookies, cakes and candies, after state health officials released a rule outlining edible marijuana products.

Bell: State Might Make Hemp Permits Available To Farmers By End Of 2019

Sep 17, 2019
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Florida farmers might not be held back from planting hemp next year even if the federal government has not signed off on long-awaited rule changes.

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A split appeals court on Tuesday refused to grant the state’s request to revisit a decision that could revolutionize the way medical marijuana operators do business in Florida.

The Surterra Wellness medical marijuana dispensary on Park Street in Jacksonville is pictured.
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State health officials have agreed to allow a second Florida medical marijuana operator to exceed a statutory limit on storefronts.

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Hemp has been hyped as a lifesaver for Florida farmers, touted as a versatile crop that can be used to build houses, feed livestock and create clothing.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is asking an appellate court to revisit a decision that Florida officials argue injected “confusion and uncertainty” into the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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Florida’s law requiring pot operators to grow, process and distribute cannabis and related products created an “oligopoly” and runs afoul of a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, an appellate court ruled Tuesday.

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One of the state’s largest medical-marijuana firms that currently operates two First Coast area stores wants to grow bigger.

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MedMen is working on sites in Five Points and Jacksonville Beach.

Fla. Lawmakers Look At Limiting Medical Marijuana Highs

Mar 29, 2019
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Florida patients can now smoke medical marijuana, but some Republican legislative leaders want to put a limit on how high they can get when lighting up.

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Jacksonville Beach could get a medical marijuana dispensary as early as this summer, after the city considered banning providers from setting up shop.  Two cannabis industry giants are eyeing properties within blocks of each other.  

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A North Florida man who’s struggled with fibromyalgia for years became the state’s first patient to legally buy whole-flower cannabis for smoking Thursday, just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a measure repealing a ban on smokable medical marijuana.

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A bill that would regulate hemp growing and sales, bringing Florida in line with federal laws, unanimously passed in its first Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

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With plenty of breathing room before a March 15 deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis, House and Senate leaders have neared completion of a measure that would do away with a state ban on smoking medical marijuana.

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The Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida has a new poll of Florida registered voters that reveals a majority approve of the job Ron DeSantis is doing as governor after he was inaugurated nearly months ago. The survey also shows job approval for Sen. Marco Rubio is higher than job approval for newly elected Sen. Rick Scott.

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Siding with Florida’s largest cannabis operator, a circuit judge for the second time struck down a law capping the number of dispensaries medical marijuana businesses can run.

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A high-profile effort to repeal the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana morphed Monday into legislation that, according to the proposal’s author, would be worse for patients than doing nothing at all.

Second Bill Filed To End Florida's Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

Jan 29, 2019
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With Gov. Ron DeSantis backing the issue, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a bill Monday that would eliminate a ban on smoking medical marijuana.

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A new report shows medical marijuana use in Florida is steadily rising.

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Defending a 2017 law that set regulations for the state’s medical-marijuana industry, Florida Department of Health attorneys have asked an appeals court to overturn a circuit judge’s ruling that they say “injected confusion and uncertainty” into the licensing of marijuana firms.

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In what could be another delay for Florida’s burgeoning medical-marijuana industry, a Tallahassee judge has agreed to block state health officials from moving forward with the application process for highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses.

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Curaleaf opened its first Jacksonville-area medical marijuana dispensary on the city’s Westside on Tuesday.

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