Medical Marijuana: Florida Law Creates ‘Oligopoly’ for Pot Businesses, Court Decides

Florida’s law requiring 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 has ruled. Continue reading “Medical Marijuana: Florida Law Creates ‘Oligopoly’ for Pot Businesses, Court Decides”

Florida’s Largest Cannabis Provider Enters Deal With Colorado-Based Edibles Company

It’s been a tough ride for medical marijuana users in Florida, where 71 percent of voters approved legislation to make therapeutic cannabis legal back in 2016. Smokable cannabis became the source of major political strife, and only now does it looks like edibles may soon become available to patients. The state’s first and biggest medical marijuana provider Trulieve announced on Wednesday that it’s signed a contract with an out-of-state company to supply Floridians with cannabis-laced snacks. Continue reading “Florida’s Largest Cannabis Provider Enters Deal With Colorado-Based Edibles Company”

Florida Fights Ruling on Medical Marijuana Law

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.

The closely watched case centers on whether a law passed during a 2017 special legislative session violated a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Continue reading “Florida Fights Ruling on Medical Marijuana Law”

Ruling rejects limits on Florida medical marijuana businesses

In a ruling that could have a revolutionary impact if it stands, a Tallahassee judge has found a law limiting the number of medical marijuana operators in Florida runs afoul of a constitutional amendment approved by voters two years ago. Continue reading “Ruling rejects limits on Florida medical marijuana businesses”

One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana businesses forced to stop processing pot

Surterra, one of the state’s largest medical marijuana treatment centers, has been forced to stop processing cannabis — halting its production of new items — after it failed to meet a food safety inspection deadline in a little-noticed provision of state law last week. Continue reading “One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana businesses forced to stop processing pot”

Medical Marijuana Patient Number Tops 100,000 in Florida

Florida’s medical-marijuana patient database has hit the 100,000 mark, according to a weekly update issued by the state Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

Marijuana supporters celebrated the number, revealed on April 20, which is also known as “weed day” throughout the nation. Continue reading “Medical Marijuana Patient Number Tops 100,000 in Florida”

More Delays to Florida’s Medical Marijuana ID Card Process

Medical marijuana patients in Florida who are already experiencing long delays in receiving their identification cards are in for more bad news.

A company that was not selected to take over processing and manufacturing the cards has filed a protest over the process. Automated Health Systems filed the challenge Wednesday after the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use notified finalists Monday that it intended to award the contract to Veritec Solutions LLC. Continue reading “More Delays to Florida’s Medical Marijuana ID Card Process”

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that outlines how patients can qualify and receive medical marijuana under the state’s constitutional amendment.

The bill still bans smoking, despite amendment supporters threatening to sue after saying it is written into the language. Continue reading “Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation”

10 Things to Know About Florida’s Medical Marijuana Bill

The Florida Legislature on Friday finally approved a bill establishing a framework for the state’s constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana. The amendment, approved by 71 percent of voters in November, states that laws must be in place by July 3 and enacted three months later. Continue reading “10 Things to Know About Florida’s Medical Marijuana Bill”

Lawmakers strike deal to address medical marijuana in special session

State lawmakers on Wednesday reached agreement on how to put medical marijuana — passed overwhelmingly by voters in November — into effect in Florida. Legislative leaders are expected to add it to their agenda as they convene in Tallahassee Wednesday afternoon, a rare sign of consensus in a contentious special session. Continue reading “Lawmakers strike deal to address medical marijuana in special session”