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Florida health officials have laid out a new process to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana, as they attempt to meet deadlines included in the November ballot measure.

Tampa strip club owner Joe Redner is challenging the state’s medical marijuana laws in court, the Tampa Bay Times reported.


Florida health officials have issued their proposed rules to implement the state's constitutional medical marijuana amendment.

Provisions in the medical marijuana legislation approved during last week’s special session are raising eyebrows.  The bill contains language seemingly written to favor specific companies.

Information about investors and partners in medical-marijuana businesses is not a trade secret and should be disclosed under Florida's public-records law, an appeals court ruled Friday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" intends to sign the medical marijuana bill passed Friday by the state Legislature.


The Florida Legislature's passage of a bill to enact the state's constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana has ended one chapter in the battle over setting up regulations for the nascent industry. But pro-pot supporters say it doesn't go far enough.

Legislation to enact Florida's medical marijuana constitutional amendment is headed to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

The Senate and House approved the bill during Friday's final day of the special session. The House passed it 108-9 before the Senate voted 29-6.

Both chambers reached agreement on Wednesday that there would be a cap of 25 dispensaries per medical marijuana treatment center and that there wouldn't be a sales tax. The bill still bans smoking despite amendment supporters saying it is written into the language.

Legislature Set To Pass Marijuana Compromise

Jun 9, 2017

House and Senate leaders might be divided on issues that forced them to return to the Capitol this week, but they're in agreement about marijuana.

No more than 20 medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to open in unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County under new rules passed by commissioners on Wednesday.

Legislature Moves Forward With Medical Marijuana Deal

Jun 8, 2017

After failing to reach agreement during a regular session that ended last month, Florida legislative leaders have struck a deal to put into effect a voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana for patients with debilitating illnesses.

Special Session To Include Medical Marijuana

Jun 7, 2017

Florida legislative leaders have struck a deal about carrying out a voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana for patients with debilitating illnesses.

Simmering frustration with the Florida Legislature's inability to agree on a framework for the state's constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana could build if it's not addressed at this week's special session.


Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry is encouraging state lawmakers to draft a measure implementing amendment two.  If they refuse, the Department of Health will take the lead.

As Florida lawmakers contemplate revisiting the medical marijuana issue in a special legislative session and revive a failed effort to establish regulatory guidelines for the voter-approved industry, a system for accessing the treatment already is taking shape.


Legislators May Take Up Medical Marijuana During Special Session

Jun 5, 2017

Next week's special legislative session focused on funding for education and economic development won't include medical marijuana, at least for now.

State leaders are calling the Legislature back to Tallahassee for a special session.  But medical marijuana isn’t part of their plans.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Among the $410 million worth of projects struck from the new state budget by Governor Rick Scott's veto pen are a number of items with ties to the Tampa Bay area.

Momentum is building for an unusual, do-it-yourself special session on medical marijuana, although the legislator behind it admits he faces long odds.

Florida voters overwhelmingly passed medical marijuana last election. Now what?

Health Officials Move Ahead With Medical Marijuana Process

May 26, 2017

After state lawmakers failed to act, health officials on Thursday laid out a framework for adopting regulations required by a voter-approved constitutional amendment that could make Florida one of the nation's largest medical-marijuana markets.

Management Of Marijuana Operation Changes Hands

May 25, 2017

A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida's seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday.

Orlando attorney and possible gubernatorial candidate John Morgan says he’s prepared to invest in the medical marijuana industry now that it’s about to expland in Florida.


Judge Backs 2 More Marijuana Licenses

May 24, 2017

In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses — which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015 — were virtually tied.

Agriculture Commissioner, and Republican candidate for governor, Adam Putnam is adding his voice to the chorus calling for a medical marijuana special session.

Hillsborough commissioners will consider placing a cap on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that can open in unincorporated parts of the county.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says it’s frustrating that lawmakers couldn’t agree on how to implement medical marijuana. It’s up to the state department of health to figure out the rules for medical marijuana use after voters approved a constitutional amendment.

Putnam says he would prefer lawmakers to sort out the rules.

While lawmakers weigh whether to call a special session for medical marijuana, dispensaries are pushing ahead.  One grower is preparing to open its first retail outlet.

Health Officials Look To Halt Smokable Marijuana

May 16, 2017

The Florida Department of Health on Monday ordered a medical-marijuana operator to stop selling a “whole flower” product sold for use in vaporizers but which can easily be smoked, saying the product is not permitted.

A Florida medical marijuana dispensary says it is not violating state law by selling cannabis that could potentially be broken down and made into pot that can be smoked.

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