Florida

Fri
23
Aug

Why marijuana could be legal in Florida as soon as 2020

For years, the possibility of legalizing recreational adult-use marijuana in Florida was little more than an afterthought — but in recently, momentum’s picked up. In 2016, Florida voters approved an initiative that legalized medical cannabis, only for state lawmakers to subsequently ban smokeable forms until earlier this year. Now, legal recreational marijuana in Florida may be a reality as soon as 2020.

Wed
14
Aug

Florida and Texas decriminalize marijuana possession

When members of Congress voted to legalize hemp late last year, they likely did not envision that it would make it harder for law enforcement in places such as Florida and Texas. But that’s exactly what has happened.

Officials in both Florida and Texas have voiced their intention to stop the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases. That’s because no reliable field test exists that can tell the difference between the presence of hemp, which won’t get you high, and cannabis, which will.

Tue
06
Aug

Will Florida be the next State to legalize recreational marijuana?

A cannabis advocacy group is poised to get the question of legal weed put on the ballot in the 2020 election.

While 2019 was predicted to be a banner year in the push to legalize marijuana in more parts of the United States, aside from Illinois making admirable advancements in this department, the year for cannabis has been nothing short of a dead dog. New York and New Jersey screwed the pooch earlier this year when it came time to establish a taxed and regulated pot market. And regardless of what you might have heard, Congress, as a whole, is nowhere even close to marijuana-friendly.

Thu
01
Aug

Tallahassee will cease prosecutions of marijuana possession cases

Marijuana possession cases will no longer be prosecuted in Tallahassee, Florida and the surrounding area, according to a letter to law enforcement agencies from the State Attorney. The action was taken in response to the legalization of hemp in Florida earlier this year and at the federal level with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

In the letter from Jack Campbell, the State Attorney for Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, law enforcement agencies were informed that the difficulty in easily differentiating hemp and marijuana led to the decision.

Wed
17
Jul

Florida has ‘all-time high’ support for recreational pot, but will it be on the ballot?

With medical marijuana dispensaries becoming commonplace in Florida, will recreational pot soon be on the shelves, too?

The people behind the effort to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot say yes.

That optimism is reflected in the 65 percent of Florida voters polled recently by Quinnipiac University who support the idea, a number the polling company noted is at “an all-time high.” National trends are running the same way.

Fri
12
Jul

Florida Court rules medical marijuana Licensing Law Unconstitutional

A Florida appellate court ruled on Tuesday that a law enacted to license cannabis providers in the state does not comply with the amendment that legalized medical marijuana and is therefore unconstitutional. The ruling by the 1st Court of Appeals in Tallahassee held that the law requiring cannabis businesses to be vertically integrated and handle all aspects of cannabis production from seed to sale created an oligopoly and should be struck down.

Mon
01
Jul

Hemp officially on the map in Florida

It’s full-steam ahead for industrial hemp in Florida now as Gov.

Fri
17
May

The business of cannabis in the sunshine economy

Business from cannabis is growing fast in Florida; some of it regulated tightly, and some of it without rules. But all of it comes with cash that the banking industry is reluctant to touch. 

The first legal industrial hemp seeds in decades are growing now in South Florida soil.

CBD is showing up in ice cream, gummy bears and cocktails, but the state says the products are illegal.

And millions of dollars are being generated by the medical marijuana industry in Florida, but few banks want the money.

Thu
09
May

Great-Grandmother arrested at Disney World over medical marijuana

A great-grandmother from North Carolina got a big surprise when she arrived at Disney World—a 12 hour stay in the Orange County jail, writes Calvin Hughes.

Hester Jordan Burkhalter, 69, had been planning and saving for her trip to the Happiest Place on Earth for two years, but the fun was over almost as soon as she arrived, after she was caught with CBD oil by police officers outside of the Magic Kingdom.

Fri
03
May

Florida is the Nation's fastest-growing medical marijuana market

Despite ongoing efforts by the Florida Legislature to thwart the will of the people, Florida likely has the fastest- growing medical marijuana program in the nation.

More than 213,000 people are enrolled, with 10,000-plus signing up every month.

New York, by comparison, implemented its medical marijuana program 18 months before the Sunshine State and has fewer than half the patients – even though the number of prescribing doctors is similar.

Arizona, which is probably second to Florida (no one group keeps comparable numbers), had almost triple the number of medical pot users at the beginning of 2018. By the end of March, the last numbers available, Florida had 8,000 more.

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