medical marijuana

Conservative FL Supreme Court upholds restrictive rules for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Florida Supreme Court has upheld Florida’s regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries that benefit select companies while erecting hurdles for smaller enterprises. The court rejected arguments that the regulations violated the intent of voters who OK’d a 2016 constitutional amendment that would have allowed a wider range of companies to compete. In an unsigned opinion […]

Tweets and emails helped kill a FL bill to place a cap on high-potency medical marijuana for patients

BY: - May 6, 2021

A controversial proposal to limit the potency of THC in marijuana failed to gain ground in the 2021 legislative session, in part, because many Floridians and cannabis advocates spoke out against it, according to medical marijuana advocates. In March, the measure moved through two health committees in the Florida House, with many Republican state lawmakers […]

State lawmakers spar over placing limits on the potency of medical marijuana

BY: - March 9, 2021

Advocates for medical marijuana argued Tuesday against a controversial bill in the Florida House that would limit the potency of THC in smokable marijuana, saying medical professionals should determine whether a patient needs high THC levels for treatment. But the legislation filed by state Rep. Spencer Roach moved through a committee on health, with many […]

A minimum wage victory for working families in FL could also run into pitfalls if lawmakers get involved

BY: - November 4, 2020

Advocates for higher wages for working families celebrated Tuesday night, as Florida voters narrowly approved Amendment 2 on the ballot to raise the state’s minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026. Overall, 60.8 percent of voters said yes to the minimum wage boosts — the amendment needed at least 60 percent […]

Florida Supreme Court set to use teleconferencing to hear two cannabis cases

BY: - April 14, 2020

In a first for the Florida Supreme Court, the justices will hear oral arguments in two marijuana cases early next month using a remote video teleconferencing system, the court announced Tuesday. The May 6 teleconferencing arguments are another sign of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has closed most normal court procedures because of […]

Proposal to cap THC in medical pot emerges in the Florida Senate

BY: - February 28, 2020

A plan to limit medical marijuana’s potency is gaining support as the 2020 Florida Legislature moves into its final two weeks. On Friday, Sen. Gayle Harrell, a Martin County Republican, filed an amendment to a bill (SB 230) involving the state Department of Health that would cap the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the chemical […]

FL Senate needs to ‘hold the line’ on medical marijuana THC limits, senator says

BY: - February 25, 2020

A powerful state senator vowed Tuesday to resist efforts in the Florida House to limit the potency of cannabis available under Florida’s medical marijuana program. “What you’re hearing us say is that the Senate needs to hold the line,” Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Pinellas County Republican who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil […]

Recreational marijuana initiative will not be on the 2020 ballot in Florida

BY: - January 13, 2020

Florida voters will not get a chance this year to decide whether recreational marijuana should be allowed in the state. The Make It Legal Florida group, which was trying to put the issue before voters this year as a state constitutional amendment, announced Monday that supporters will not be able to secure enough voter signatures […]

Workplace protections for medical marijuana users: FL lawmakers, advocates hope to pass 2020 law

BY: - January 6, 2020

As medical marijuana use continues to gain popularity in Florida, advocates and lawmakers want to ensure that qualified patients in the workplace won’t get in trouble if they use the drug as a treatment. Patients who need the drug could be considered fearful of personnel action if marijuana is found in their system. That’s why […]

Medical marijuana treatment centers flourishing in Florida

BY: - December 24, 2019

Florida’s medical marijuana industry continues to grow, with more medical marijuana dispensaries opening doors to treat people who are qualified. And the popularity among medical cannabis businesses has increased dramatically. In the last week before the new year, three more medical marijuana treatment centers in Florida have been approved to dispense the plant-based drug. Among […]

The push for recreational cannabis in Florida remains on target for the 2020 election

BY: - November 20, 2019

With more than 100,000 voter signatures validated by the state, a campaign to let Florida voters decide whether to allow the recreational use of marijuana remains on pace to reach the 2020 ballot. “It’s a tight window for sure. But we know we can do it,” said Nick Hansen, chairman of the Make It Legal […]

Campaign to legalize recreational weed collected $1 million in contributions in October

BY: - November 13, 2019

UPDATE: The Make It Legal campaign announced Wednesday that it now has enough validated voter signatures to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of its proposed constitutional amendment allowing recreational marijuana in Florida. The campaign says it has recorded more than 77,000 validated signatures, exceeding the 76,632 requirement for the judicial review. Make It Legal […]