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This week on Florida Matters we're exploring the current rules on medical marijuana in the state and what might be in store for the industry. 

Three months after Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment on medical marijuana, state health officials and prospective pot-seeking patients are at odds over proposed rules that would spell out who could get marijuana.

The Florida Department of Health held workshops across the state this week to get input from the public about how best to implement Amendment 2, which expands the use of medical marijuana.

Florida voters passed it last November, but state officials are still trying to work out regulations.

In the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers will debate how to implement the state’s new medical marijuana regulations. 71% of voters approved a measure to allow more patients to access the drug. One of the top fundraisers behind the effort wants to see more competition in the industry.

There’s a lot of confusion in Florida when it comes to medical marijuana.

There are existing laws, Amendment 2 that was passed by voters but still needs to go through the legislature, and somewhere in between, the Florida Department of Health is issuing rules.

A new bill filed Wednesday has the potential to completely revamp Florida’s medical marijuana system – and remove caps on the number of growers.

One of the most contentious elements in Florida’s medical cannabis industry is who gets to grow and sell the drug.  Lawmakers approved a limited number of companies to ensure security, but now some see the state’s seven growers as a cartel.

The Florida Department of Health and a Republican state senator are offering drastically different visions for the future of medical cannabis in the state.  It could set the stage for a contentious rollout of last year’s Amendment Two.

Senator Offers Guide For Marijuana Changes

Jan 20, 2017

A key senator Thursday released the Legislature's first attempt at carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, with the proposal calling for a growing number of marijuana licenses and making it easier for doctors to order the treatment for patients.

New Medical Marijuana Rules Criticized

Jan 18, 2017

Authors of Florida's voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana are blasting proposed rules to regulate the cannabis industry.

House Bill Cracks Down On Boating, Driving While Under The Influence

Jan 17, 2017

A motorist operating a car or boat could be arrested for driving under the influence, under a measure filed by state Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach.

Patients, Doctors Get Green Light For Medical Marijuana

Jan 12, 2017

Patients who qualify for medical marijuana under a voter-approved constitutional amendment can start purchasing cannabis treatments in as little as 90 days, according to the state's top pot cop.

Nursery Loses Bid For Medical Marijuana License

Jan 9, 2017

The state Department of Health on Thursday issued a final order rejecting a Northeast Florida nursery's attempt to get a license to grow, process and dispense non-euphoric medical marijuana.

Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

A new medical marijuana dispensary could be up and running in Tampa as soon as next week.

Trulieve, a Tallahassee-based medical marijuana company, will begin construction of a site in Bradenton within a week or two, the Bradenton Herald reports.

'Mass Confusion' As Medical Marijuana Amendment Goes Into Effect

Jan 4, 2017

Even as the state prepares to carry out a constitutional amendment authorizing medical marijuana, a lack of guidance from health officials could create a "very murky and dangerous legal area" for patients and doctors.

Jamie Howe has been disabled for years after complications from a gastric bypass surgery, and was diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which she said causes debilitating pain.

After opiates put her in the hospital and then into rehab, she looked to marijuana to alleviate the pain.

CHT Medical is the fifth distributing organization in Florida to receive authorization to process and dispense medical marijuana.

With the state's pot industry poised to explode, Florida health officials have agreed to issue another medical marijuana license — the state's seventh — to a Central Florida nursery that lost out to a competitor by a fraction of a percentage point last fall.

Florida's Legislature is beginning the process of figuring out how to implement Amendment 2, which allows for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Rule Would Ban Use Of Telemedicine For Marijuana

Dec 12, 2016

The Florida Board of Medicine this week proposed a rule to make clear that doctors cannot use “telemedicine” to order medical marijuana for patients.

Knox Medical is the fourth organization to receive authorization to distribute low-THC medical marijuana in the state of Florida.


Senators Will Look At Implementation For Medical Marijuana

Dec 6, 2016

About a month after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment to broadly legalize medical marijuana, a Senate panel next week will start looking at how to carry out the requirement.

Florida has legalized medical marijuana. But one big question: Where will those dispensaries go? And how much control will local governments have to regulate medical marijuana?

Juan Cruz is a smartly dressed 15 year old Deltona boy: Black ball cap, bow tie, jeans and sneakers.

Sitting on a comfy leather couch, he’s handed a blue bag with his latest prescription: An orange-flavored medical marijuana spray with 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams CBD per dose. He pulls it out of the bag.

Medical Marijuana Accommodation Optional For Businesses

Nov 16, 2016
WMFE

Medical marijuana was legalized in Florida after Amendment 2 passed during last week's election, but there are still questions as to what this means for businesses that have employees who want to use it at work.

Medical Marijuana Passage Creates Green Rush

Nov 14, 2016

Florida voters' overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients may have spurred a green rush into the state by investors eager to cash in on what will soon be the nation's second-largest pot market.

Now that Florida voters have passed a medical marijuana constitutional amendment, some are already asking: Is recreational marijuana next?

Medical Marijuana Soars To Approval

Nov 8, 2016

Stunning even some of the proposal's most avid supporters, Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a broad swath of conditions.

A proposed amendment to the state constitution to legalize medical marijuana has gained widespread support in Florida two years after falling just shy of passing.


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