Florida health rules on medical marijuana bolsters the heavily regulated status quo
By Erin Clark of Watchdog.org
“I’d say the expected result was what just happened,” California attorney Matt Harrison told Watchdog.org. (ANOTHER GOOD RESOURCE FOR INFO)Harrison helped draft California’s Prop 64, which decriminalized adult use of cannabis in the state.
“In the political reality and how administrative agencies work, it’s very typical that they would do something like that because it’s the whole hammer and nail syndrome, where they would be given this authorization to regulate this new area and they would imagine that it gives them some sort of mandate to do it the exact same way they did it previously.”
Medical marijuana has been a hot topic in Florida for several years. In 2014, a ballot measure very similar to 2016’s successful Amendment 2 failed, but a decriminalization bill passed the legislature: the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. The bill decriminalized low-THC cannabis use for a limited number of patients under strict guidelines. It also allowed for there to be only five carefully regulated medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.
The 2014 bill also established a system in which the marketplace was vertically integrated. Under this structure, someone has to not only grow the product but process it in-house and sell it.
Trulieve Pot Shop Expands Florida Operation in Tampa
January 24, 2017 - 12:30pm
Florida’s medical marijuana continues to expand statewide. On Tuesday, the Sunshine State’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Trulieve, announced it will open a third operating center in Tampa.
“This is an exciting start to the new year for Trulieve and the patients we serve,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “As the first licensee to be authorized to dispense medical cannabis in Florida, we are pleased to serve an expanding Tampa market. We are also excited to be opening our newest dispensary.”
Big Weed’ takeover?
Proposed rules favor existing growers
BY DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
TALLAHASSEE – Authors of Florida’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana are blasting proposed rules to regulate the cannabis industry.
Proposed state regulations for the emerging medical marijuana industry favor large politically connected cannabis firms who are already in the game.
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How Can Patients Medicate With Florida's Smoking Ban?
In spite of the fact that Amendment 2 got overpowering help (71% of the vote!), Florida administrators chosen to toss in some sudden and astounding confinements, most eminently the denial of the deal and utilization of flammable blooms. As it were, patients should manage with the oils, balms, and edibles right now. There is some expectation in any case. A week ago, Orlando lawyer, John Morgan recorded a lawsuit against the state with respect to the prohibition on smokeable weed. We'll make certain to keep you refreshed with respect to this claim on our blog!