Category: florida

Florida Patients Continue to Fight for the Right to Smoke Medical Marijuana

When voters legalized medical marijuana in Florida, they did so with a landslide vote – and most, if not all, voters were expecting smoking to be allowed under the constitutional amendment they approved. Unfortunately, lawmakers took it upon themselves to specifically ban smoking – making medical marijuana available to qualified patients through vaping, edibles, oils, sprays and tinctures – and claim it was within their power to enact the ban to “regulate health, safety and welfare” of the public. “The amendment itself says smoking is not allowed in public places. I don’t think you need to be too much...

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Trulieve is Suing the Florida Department of Health Over Dispensary Limitations

Even with the numerous pending lawsuits against the state of Florida and the Department of Health regarding Amendment 2, things have finally started to move forward for patients who have been waiting years for access to medical marijuana. Several dispensaries are open around the state, with Trulieve being the largest provider. They are also the latest to file a lawsuit against the Department of Health, challenging the 25 dispensary limit that was established by lawmakers last year. Their reasoning? Prior to that law going into effect, they had been approved for at least 27 dispensaries – which they had...

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Florida Advocacy Group Sues State Over “Unconstitutional” Laws Regarding Licensing Cannabusinesses

Getty Things have been moving slowly as far as growth in the newly legalized medical marijuana industry in Florida – and there are multiple factors influencing this crawl to competence. Since 2014, there has been controversy as to how the state has the program set up – with issues abound. One of the most notable problems since the beginning has been the licensing structure that is creating the beginnings of a very closed off industry. Now, a group of advocates from south Florida, known as Patients and Producers Alliance, has filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that these...

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Florida Voters Likely to Approve Recreational Cannabis if it Reaches the Ballot

Two years ago, before Florida voters had even approved Amendment 2 (legalizing medical marijuana), some people in the state were already looking ahead to legalizing the plant for recreational use. Back then, we had two main groups, and a third lesser-known group, who were working towards getting full legalization on the ballot – Regulate Florida, Floridians for Freedom, and Florida Organization of Reform. All three groups have a similar goal – making cannabis legal in the state of Florida – but they all have a slightly different approach to what legalization should look like. A few year ago they...

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Florida Judge to Hear Case Against the State’s Smokable Cannabis Ban

When voters passed medical marijuana in Florida in the 2016 election, many celebrated the victory as it would finally mean gaining access to a needed medicine. However, when lawmakers finally passed laws earlier this year to implement the voter-approved law, they made the decision to ban smokable medical cannabis. This immediately became an issue between the state and the group who helped make the initiative become a reality, People United for Medical Marijuana, and lawyer John Morgan, who wrote the initiative. Before the bill regulating medical cannabis was passed by lawmakers, Morgan had promised he would sue the state...

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