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For Use in Joints, Pipes or Bongs: Smokable Medical Pot Finally Hits Florida Market

| March 23, 2019

In other states where medical marijuana has been legalized, smokable products comprise between 40 and 60 percent of sales. Florida voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

You May Now Smoke It: Florida Lawmakers End Ban on Medical Reefers With Overwhelming Majorities

| March 14, 2019

The House passed the proposal (SB 182) in a 101-11 vote Wednesday, sending the bill to the governor two days before a March 15 deadline he had set. The Senate passed the bill last week.

Let Marijuana Help Fight Opioid Abuse

| February 24, 2019

It’s time for lawmakers and health officials to recognize the well-established power of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain — and to acknowledge its emerging role in combating the opioid abuse crisis.

Lawmakers Approve Smokable Pot, But It Must be Pre-Rolled and Filtered

| February 12, 2019

The amendment also would require pre-rolled joints with filters. That was designed to address concerns about the negative health effects of smoking.

DeSantis Would Eliminate Ban on Smoking Medical Pot, Supporting Senate Bill

| January 29, 2019

But legislative leaders may not be keen on completely doing away with vertical integration, a move that could destabilize a growing and lucrative market in which one marijuana license recently sold for $63 million in cash.

Opposing Scott Court Cases, DeSantis
Signals Friendlier Approach to Medical Pot

| December 10, 2018

DeSantis, a Republican who will take office on Jan. 8, is unwilling to continue some of the court battles now being waged by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.

Judge Halts Florida’s Medical Pot Licensing Process Over Its Flawed Restrictions

| October 3, 2018

The judge previously ruled that Florida health rules over medical pot were unconstitutional, and set a Wednesday deadline for the deficiencies with the law to be resolved. It passed.

Court Ruling With Broad Implications Throws Out Limits on Medical Pot Operators

| August 7, 2018

The cap on the number of medical marijuana operators “directly contradicts the amendment,” Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled in an eight-page order.

Canadian Firm Poised to Light Up Florida Marijuana Market in $93 Million Deal

| July 31, 2018

A Canadian love-fest for Florida pot companies continues to blossom with a $93 million deal that includes a Ruskin-based grower yet to begin selling marijuana products.

No Smokable Medical Marijuana Allowed Before Legal Challenge Plays Out, Court Orders

| July 5, 2018

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a lawsuit initiated by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan and others who maintain that a Florida law barring patients from smoking their treatment runs afoul of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

Yes, You May Smoke It: Judge Rules Florida’s Ban on Smoking Medical Marijuana Unconstitutional

| May 28, 2018

Judge Karen Gievers found that a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 gives eligible patients the right to smoke the treatment in private.

Judge Says Cancer Patient May Grow His Own Pot Plants, Seeding New Front in Florida Marijuana Wars

| April 12, 2018

The patient is forced to grow his own plants to make liquid treatment because the state hasn’t allowed any marijuana operators to sell whole plants to patients.

Lawmakers Level Withering Criticism Against State Agency Responsible For Medical Pot Rules

| February 5, 2018

A legislative oversight committee delivered a public shaming to Florida pot czar Christian Bax on Monday, repeatedly chiding him others over poor rules and delays.

Judge Lets Smokable Pot Case Go Forward, Rejecting State’s Motion to Dismiss

| January 28, 2018

The suit challenges a state law, passed during a special legislative session last year, that bans medical-pot patients from smoking marijuana.

New York Company Buys Central Florida Pot Grower, Signaling Explosive Growth

| January 18, 2018

The New York company also owns marijuana operations in Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado and New Mexico and has a pending acquisition in New York.

Ban On: Overriding Commissioner’s Plea, Flagler Enacts Prohibition on Medical Pot Shops

| January 8, 2018

It was the second and final reading of an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Flagler, and it passed Monday morning, 3-2, ending a nearly year-long debate.

Trump Administration’s Shift on Marijuana Could Imperil Banking Arrangements

| January 7, 2018

By rolling back an Obama-era arrangement that shielded legal marijuana users and businesses from prosecution, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may compel many banks and credit unions to stop working with marijuana businesses.

Overriding Medical Marijuana Users’ Pleas, and Voters, Flagler Commissioners Pass Dispensary Ban

| December 18, 2017

The 3-1 vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright Monday evening ends a year-long process that saw commissioners zigzag between approval and prohibition.

All-Cash Business? Not So: Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Shops to Open Bank Accounts

| December 16, 2017

Almost 400 banks and credit unions now serve the medical marijuana industry, according to the U.S. Treasury — a number that has more than tripled since 2014.

Not Dead Yet: County Must Formalize Medical Pot Ban By Ordinance, Giving Advocates Another Go

| November 28, 2017

The Flagler County Commission’s Nov. 20 vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries was only one step: commissioners must still pass an ordinance formalizing the ban, twice, giving proponents of dispensaries another chance to make their case.

How Residents of One Street, Citing False Information, Got 3 Flagler Commissioners To Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries

| November 24, 2017

Residents of Treetop Circle in Plantation Bay made false but popular claims about medical pot dispensaries to convince Commissioners Greg Hansen, Charlie Ericksen and Dave Sullivan to ban dispensaries in unincorporated Flagler.

Grower Sues, Charging Florida Illegally Delays Granting Medical Pot Growing Licenses

| November 22, 2017

Michael Bowen, an epilepsy patient who had a seizure during a Senate committee meeting this year and who uses marijuana to treat his illness, is also a party to the lawsuit.

Senators Angry At Delays In Medical Marijuana Licenses, Blaming Complacency

| October 24, 2017

The head of the state’s medical-use office is blaming the delays on litigation over the constitutional amendment. Senators aren’t buying it, blaming complacency.

Flagler Kills Pot Decriminalization Proposal, But Approves Medical Marijuana Zoning

| October 3, 2017

The end of the de-criminalization proposal is a reflection of a much harsher approach by the county commission and a new sheriff on marijuana matters.

Exhaling Excuses, Florida Health Department Will Miss Deadline to Issue Medical Pot Licenses

| September 29, 2017

An official is blaming the delay on Hurricane Irma and a pending challenge to a recently passed law that ordered the Department of Health to expand the number of medical marijuana licenses.

Trying To Make Up For Mistakes, Florida Health Officials Seek To Speed Up Medical Pot Licensing

| September 22, 2017

The Florida Health Department had until Oct. 3 to issue 10 medical pot licenses to producers, a deadline it will almost certainly miss even as it scrambles to ease the application process.

In Flagler Beach, Palm Coast and County, More Contempt For Medical Pot

| August 31, 2017

Elected officials in Palm Coast, Flagler County and Flagler Beach are still peddling false or misleading assumptions as they draw up more restrictive medical pot dispensary zoning.

Bunnell, Citing Iffy Crime Figures, Will Be Holdout Against Medical Pot Dispensaries

| August 29, 2017

Bunnell will be the only local government that will ban medical pot dispensaries. Officials there, on little or flimsy evidence, claim dispensaries would attract crime.

On Brink of Banning Medical Pot in Haze of Misinformation, County Opts for Compromise

| August 22, 2017

Three Flagler commissioners nearly pulled off a medical-marijuana ban in the county before one of them surprisingly, and perhaps unintentionally, opposed the ban.

Beating Palm Coast and Flagler Beach, County Will Be 1st to Welcome Pot Dispensaries; Bunnell May Ban Them

| August 18, 2017

The Flagler County Commission is expected to approve opening the county to medical pot dispensaries Monday, becoming the first local government formally to do so.

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