medical marijuana

Commissioner Adam Putnam on the campaign trail.
Adam Putnam campaign

Agriculture Commissioner, and Republican candidate for governor, Adam Putnam is adding his voice to the chorus calling for a medical marijuana special session.

Bokske via Wikimedia Commons

While lawmakers weigh whether to call a special session for medical marijuana, dispensaries are pushing ahead.  One grower is preparing to open its first retail outlet.

FL House shortly before adjournment.
Nick Evans

The Florida Legislature has passed its budget and gone home.  But the manner in which lawmakers closed out this year’s session raises a number of questions about process, special session, and the veto pen.

From the left Appropriations Chairs Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, begin the compromise process as full conference committee met June 11, 2015, while finalizing key portions of the state's budget within Criminal and Civil Just
Mark Foley / Florida House of Representatives

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he supports a special session on medical marijuana. 

The city of Tallahassee’s moratorium blocking new medical cannabis dispensaries ends this month. The city is poised to adopt new zoning rules for dispensaries. Leon County Commissioners approved zoning requirements Tuesday.

Trulieve / http://trulieve.com/

Florida’s Senate President is considering bringing lawmakers back to Tallahassee to strike a deal on medical marijuana. A plan to roll out the state’s new rules unraveled at the end of session.

Non-euphoric marijuana was supposed to be available January 1 of this year.
Nick Evans

Medical Marijuana is on the agenda for the Leon County Commission’s Tuesday meeting.

Bokske via Wikimedia Commons

The Florida House is advancing a medical marijuana proposal packed with last minute changes to bring it closer to the Senate position.  But for some in the House, it’s a tough sell.

Bokske via Wikimedia Commons

Medical marijuana measures in the House and Senate are heading to the floor.  Lawmakers are making some last minute adjustments ahead of negotiations.

Nick Evans

The Florida House is getting an earful from medical marijuana proponents over its plan for implementing Amendment Two.

US Fish and Wildlife Service via wikimedia commons

The medical marijuana provisions implementing amendment two are trudging ahead in the House and Senate.  But the chambers’ proposals remain very different.

US Fish and Wildlife Service via wikimedia commons

The ball appears to finally be rolling for medical marijuana in the Florida legislature.  After tacking on a handful of amendments, legislation is advancing in the state Senate.

DXR via wikimedia commons

Senators spent Wednesday afternoon kicking the tires on a medical marijuana proposal backed by Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

This week lawmakers begin untangling their ideas for medical cannabis.  State senators have proposed five different measures.

US Fish and Wildlife Service via wikimedia commons

The Department of Health spent a week touring the state to get feedback on their draft rule for Amendment Two.  The department’s cautious approach for implementing the medical cannabis initiative is raising the ire of would be patients.

US Fish and Wildlife Service via wikimedia commons

The Department of Health is spending the week on the road—taking comment on new rules for the medical cannabis industry.

The Florida Department of Health is seeking public input this week on a rule for medical cannabis. It’s holding workshops around the state.

Trulieve / http://trulieve.com/

In the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers will debate how to implement the state’s new medical marijuana regulations. 71% of voters approved a measure to allow more patients to access the drug. One of the top fundraisers behind the effort wants to see more competition in the industry.

Bokske via Wikimedia Commons

The Senate has a new, competing proposal for implementing amendment two.  The proposal throws out Florida’s current medical marijuana statutes and starts over.

US Fish and Wildlife Service via wikimedia commons

One of the most contentious elements in Florida’s medical cannabis industry is who gets to grow and sell the drug.  Lawmakers approved a limited number of companies to ensure security, but now some see the state’s seven growers as a cartel.

Rosalyn Deckerhoff and her son Barrett.
Nick Evans

The Florida Department of Health and a Republican state senator are offering drastically different visions for the future of medical cannabis in the state.  It could set the stage for a contentious rollout of last year’s Amendment Two.

Nick Evans

The Department of Health has published its initial rules for implementing the medical marijuana initiative Amendment Two.

Bokske via Wikimedia Commons

Florida’s Office of Compassionate Use has six months to implement last year’s medical marijuana amendment.  But the office seems ready to allow physicians to begin ordering the drug for newly eligible patients.

Miller headshot
City of Tallahassee

A proposed medical marijuana ordinance in Tallahassee appears to be undergoing some changes. During a public hearing on the ordinance Wednesday Commissioner Nancy Miller suggested shortening the timeframe for a proposed moratorium on new dispensaries in the city.

Nick Evans

While state officials debate the best regulatory framework for medical marijuana in Florida, a more practical challenge may be on the horizon.  The current list of doctors may not be enough to meet the demand of an expanding pool of patients.

Pages