Opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida naturally comes with a lot of red tape. Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance at the federal level, despite the 29 states that have legalized it for recreational or medicinal use in recent years. That makes it nearly impossible for banks to fund marijuana distributing companies, which […]

Orlando-based Attorney John Morgan, who financed the campaign to pass Amendment 2, filed a lawsuit Thursday demanding that the state allow patients to smoke medical marijuana. Morgan discussed details of the lawsuit during a news conference has been scheduled in front of the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee. Morgan told WESH 2 News in June […]

Two of the biggest names to pass the expansion of medical marijuana in Florida—Orlando attorney John Morgan (above, right) and Florida For Care Executive Director Ben Pollara (left)—are going through a very public breakup after the state Legislature killed off a bill to regulate Florida’s medical marijuana industry late Friday evening. After 60 days, state […]

Two years after voters narrowly rejected a medical marijuana law in Florida, the state overwhelmingly passed Amendment 2 last week. But despite the 4 million votes cast on Election Day to legalize cannabis for medical use, patients eager to access medicine may have a long wait ahead of them as the Legislature gears up to debate the […]

The Tampa Bay area’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Thursday in Clearwater. The Truelieve facility opened at 24761 US 19 North. The facility sells low-THC, and, what is described as “whole plant, high-THC” medical cannabis. Patients need a doctor’s permission and to suffer from certain medical conditions to receive the THC. Patients can find a […]

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PETITION LANGUAGE BALLOT TITLE: Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions BALLOT SUMMARY: Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute […]

Nearly a year behind schedule, Florida health officials on Monday selected five “dispensing organizations” to grow, process and distribute non-euphoric medical marijuana for a select group of sick patients. But many in the industry believe that the biggest challenge in the drawn-out process is yet to come. Click here to read the entire article on […]

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Indications are that the fight for medical marijuana in Florida will be extremely tight. A new Gravis Marketing poll finds Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, falls just short of what is needed for approval. The survey of likely voters found 55 percent planning to voter for the medical marijuana amendment […]

If Florida’s Amendment 2 is approved on November 4, 2014, the initiative  will pre-empt Florida’s “bong ban,” which forbids the sale of pipes used to smoke the plant. Ben Pollara, campaign manager of United for Care, pointed out that the amendment’s definition of marijuana’s “medical use” includes “related supplies.” Anything now outlawed as drug paraphernalia, including […]

Manatee County is now considered part of the Southwest Florida Region in the lottery that will determine which company can grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in limited form under a new law, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, that Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed in June. The change of location from the Central […]

Floridians have yet to vote on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana and allow doctors to recommend it as a treatment option. But former biotech executives Michael Smullen and David Wright have already established AltMed LLC., a new company to grow and process medical marijuana. The company, which already has 16 employees, a Lakewood Ranch address […]

Over 170 business professionals will be attending Florida’s  major marijuana business seminar taking place in Ft. Lauderdale this Saturday. Hundreds of eager entrepreneurs from all different types of industries will be attending the medical marijuana business seminar at the Signature Grand in Davie. The events organizers, have been successfully operating Medical Marijuana expo’s in California and […]

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 88 percent of voters support the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes, while 10 percent do not. If the latest poll is right, it’s a safe bet that Florida will legalize medical marijuana this November. The lowest level of support was among senior citizens, who still back the measure roughly 6 […]

Todd Mitchem Consulting in conjunction with Cannabrand , the world’s first full-service marijuana marketing agency, will present five “I Choose Cannabis and Business“ workshops in the fall of 2014 where national experts will share insider profit-driving strategies with cannabis entrepreneurs. Targeting everyone curious about the industry from entrepreneurs to investors, Mitchem and the Cannabrand team will share insider information […]

The two cannabis conferences that took place in South Florida Saturday answered questions about marijuana laws and addressed topics like growing, prescribing, and distributing medical marijuana. Robert Platshorn, who spent 30 years in jail for marijuana smuggling, is a big supporter of legalizing medical marijuana.  He organized the conference at the The Club at Emerald […]

Under the new medical marijuana law, five Florida nurseries will be allowed to grow cannabis. But one very big question remains: How will they get the ganja in the first place? In the federal government’s eyes, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it’s illegal to transport across state lines. Nursery owners say they […]

*Note: This article was published preceding the November 2014 elections. SEE THE UPDATED NOVEMBER 2016 INITIATIVE HERE.    Winners of Florida’s five, highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses could be selected through lotteries, according to a draft rule released last week by the Department of Health. The Florida law recently signed by the Governor doctors allows doctors to […]

Cocoa Beach became the first central Florida city to decide where medical marijuana dispensaries can go, months before the issue goes up for a state vote. Cocoa Beach city commissioners passed an ordinance that will put dispensaries near the historic  pier and Ron Jon Surf Shop if Amendment 2, the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, […]

While most schools are getting ready for summer break, the Institute of Medical Cannabis (IMC) is preparing to open its doors as Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana school. At IMC, students will learn about medical cannabis industry while attending lectures and receiving practical training in fully operational grow rooms.  The school will offer four courses, with a […]

As expected, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana called “Charlotte’s Web” to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases. State lawmakers passed the measure this spring with bipartisan support. “As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer,” Scott, a […]

It hasn’t been easy to get on the list, which requires, among other things, that a nursery has operated continuously for at least 30 years; but, so far, 39 nurseries have been approved to grow low-THC marijuana under the Charlotte’s Web bill recently passed by the Florida Legislature. One of the most interesting companies in the […]

When Cannabis-Rx bought a 209,000 square foot plant in Florida last month, the real estate investor said it was destined to become one of America’s largest pot “cultivation parks”. And although law makers have said next to nothing about how medical marijuana in the Sunshine State would move from seed to sale, more investors are eager […]

For the first time, Quinnipiac, found that the majority of Florida voters think marijuana should be legal. Among registered voters in Florida, 53 percent support making it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use while, 42 percent oppose legalization. This represents a dramatic increase in support in less than a year. When Quinnipiac […]

As RayAnn Moseley, a child who suffers from intractable epilepsy, and her parents watched and waited, the Florida Senate passed a bill 36-3 to allow a limited strain of medical cannabis to be legalized in Florida. The chamber immediately sent the so-called “Charlotte’s Web” bill to the House, where its fate remains uncertain as leaders there […]

Holley and Peyton Moseley have spent the last few months urging Florida lawmakers to find a way to make a special strain of marijuana available to their daughter and other children like her. Their daughter, RayAnn has cerebral palsy and has suffered from intractable epilepsy, a debilitating disease that often takes children before their 20th birthday. For […]

Meet the Experts Business Seminar: May 17, 8 A.M. – 8 P.M. Emerald Hills Country Club 4100 North Hills Drive Hollywood, FL 33021 Investors and Entrepreneurs Line up for Florida Marijuana—Conference Moving To Larger Venue Interest in Florida medical marijuana is so high, that last month’s Meet the Experts conference in West Palm Beach was […]

Cannabis-Rx, a company focused on funding the growth of the cannabis industry in states where it is licensed or permitted, announced their acquisition of a 209,000 square foot commercial space situated on 9.26 acres of land in Sarasota, Florida. Cannabis-Rx currently owns 35 properties across Florida, Illinois, California and Washington in various stages of rehabilitation, […]

Donavan Carr  is the founder of Jacksonville’s newest school, Cannabis University of Florida, which offers two classes that teach all about the business of medical marijuana and how to grow it. Carr says he established the school after hearing multiple stories of patients who benefited from the drug. “People don’t know that much about medical marijuana, […]

Florida state legislators introduced identical bills on Monday to legalize medical marijuana treatment in the 2014 legislative session, in a bid to win approval before a constitutional amendment on the issue comes up for a public vote in November. Senators Jeff Clemens and Joe Saunders, both Democrats, brought numerous patients and their family members to […]

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Legal weed might be available in Florida as early as late 2015 if Floridians approve legalized marijuana this November, but Jeremy Bufford is not waiting.   Read Full Story on http://tbo.com/news/breaking-news/medical-marijuana-referendum-inspires-startup-school-for-growers-20140207/