November 9, 2016 florida medical marijuana law

Florida just legalized medical marijuana. Now what?

n what will certainly go down in the books the most memorable election in anyone’s memory, Florida voters returned to the polls this year and overwhelmingly approved that state’s medical marijuana ballot initiative, Amendment 2. While this historic vote was an incredibly important step in reducing the harm done to patients by the drug war, you […]

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September 17, 2016 florida medical marijuana

Florida Woman Acquitted of Growing Marijuana for Medical Use

A 54 year-old woman was found not-guilty of cultivating marijuana Friday by a circuit court jury in southern Florida, who delivered the verdict despite the woman’s testimony that she had grown the marijuana plants she had been accused of growing. Bridget Kirouac, who told jurors that she suffers from bone spurs, fibromyalgia, gastritis, herniated discs, […]

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December 17, 2015 Florida CBD nursery

More Complaints Over Florida’s Botched Medical Marijuana Implementation

NURSERY ALLEGES IMPROPER DISQUALIFICATION OF APPLICATION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSE Tallahassee, Fla. – On December 11, 2015 San Felasco Nurseries, Inc. filed a protest against the Florida Department of Health for “mistakenly disqualifying their application for the medical marijuana license in the Northeast Region of Florida.” According to a press release by the company, San Felasco Nurseries […]

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December 9, 2015 Florida marijuana legalization campaign

Campaign to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida Fails to Reach Goal

A campaign that was launched earlier this year to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational purposes in Florida has folded up Shop. Regulate Florida aimed to collect enough petition signatures to get the question of whether or not Florida should allow the legalization and regulation of marijuana like alcohol on the 2016 ballot. In the end, […]

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October 6, 2015 broward county marijuana

Will a proposed Broward County decriminalization ordinance fix their huge race problem?

Yet another Florida locality is looking to remove criminal penalties for minor marijuana offenders. Officials in Broward County are considering implementing civil fines for misdemeanor marijuana possession, rather than arrests and criminal charges. County commissioners are scheduled to discuss a proposed ordinance today that would allow law enforcement officers to issue civil citations instead of filing criminal […]

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September 16, 2015 west palm beach marijuana

Florida City Decriminalizes Marijuana — But Not Really

Police in the city of West Palm Beach now have the option of issuing civil citations for minor marijuana offenses instead of hauling offenders to jail due to a new ordinance passed by the city council last Thursday. Juveniles, felons, or offenders that are on probation or with DUI records won’t be allowed to skip a trip […]

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August 13, 2015 florida cannabis expo

Florida Cannabis Expo Gets Celeb Keynote Speaker

Floridians who are anxious to stake an early claim in what is predicted to be the country’s second-largest medical marijuana market will have a chance to rub elbows with cannabis industry professionals, medical experts and celebrities alike at a new business expo aimed at cannabusiness hopefuls and medical professionals in Orlando this October. In a press release […]

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June 9, 2015 miami police marijuana

This Police Department is Trying to Decriminalize Marijuana (you read it right)

An ordinance proposed by the Miami-Dade Police Department, if passed, would allow officers to issue civil citations that carry a $100 fine for possessing small amounts of marijuana rather than making a physical arrest. Under the new ordinance, a person caught with less than 20 grams of marijuana could receive a civil citation, based on […]

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June 3, 2015

Florida CBD “Dispensaries” Could Open by Early 2016

After months of legal wrangling, it finally looks like Florida is setting a clear timetable for the rollout of its CBD program. The state Health Department is scheduled to accept applications from June 17 to July 8 for five business licenses to produce and sell CBD-based products. Officials will notify winners by Aug. 8. Companies that […]

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March 2, 2015

Jury Finds Florida Man NOT GUILTY of Growing Medical Marijuana

For the first time, the “medical marijuana necessity defense” has been used to successfully defend an ill patient in a jury trial. The patient, a 50 year old man from Fort Lauderdale that we recently told you about here, suffers from chronic anorexia which causes nausea, vomiting, weight loss, insomnia and lack of appetite – […]

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February 23, 2015

Florida Marijuana Grower Asserts Medical Necessity Defense at Trial

Last month I wrote an article on SouthCANN titled “Medical marijuana is inevitable in Florida, and there’s not a damn thing the state can do about it”.  In that article I pointed out the three elements necessary for a successful medical marijuana necessity defense in Florida, based on a 1991 case in which a Florida […]

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January 15, 2015 florida medical marijuana law

Attention Florida: It’s time to sign the petition to get marijuana on the 2016 ballot

Last year Florida attorney John Morgan spent $5 million of his own money to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Unfortunately for Morgan, United for Care and every single patient in the state of Florida, however, Measure 2 failed to pass by only two percentage points. The first time was practice After losing the election Morgan immediately […]

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January 10, 2015

Medical marijuana is inevitable in Florida, and there’s not a damn thing the state can do about it

By now most everyone is familiar, at least to a degree, with the fact that case law in Florida has established a medical necessity defense against prosecution for the cultivation and possession of marijuana when it is used to treat a debilitating medical condition. This ruling, which was handed down in 1991 by the Florida Court of […]

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January 27, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Clears Way for Medical Marijuana

In a 4-3 decision the Florida Supreme Court announced today that they have approved the wording that will appear on the November ballot asking Florida voters if they want a constitutional amendment that would allow patients to consume medical marijuana. Attorney General Pam Bondi has led the fight to challenge the ballot language, arguing that […]

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January 24, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates in Florida Meet Ballot Goal

The only thing keeping Florida voters from being able to say whether or not they want an amendment to the state constitution that would legalize medical marijuana is the Florida Supreme Court. A petition campaign led by the patient advocacy group United for Care and bankrolled by noted Florida attorney John Morgan has been certified […]

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