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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New medical marijuana provisions are in effect as of today.  The change expands the range of eligible conditions and patients in Florida.  But as the Department of Health develops new regulations, it could find itself between a rock and a hard place.

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Florida’s Amendment Two passed by an historic margin.  But although the people have spoken, state and local leaders are far from certain about the path forward.

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The Tallahassee City Commission voted Wednesday night to advance a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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The Florida Senate is tackling Amendment Two—the medical marijuana constitutional provision that gained approval in November.  As they get to work, lawmakers will need to decide whether to keep existing law in place or start over.

The City of Tallahassee is considering whether to put a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana shops.  The issue is slated to go before commissioners at their upcoming meeting.

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A strong majority of Florida’s voters came together behind a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana.  Now Florida’s lawmakers have to come together to roll out the changes.

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Florida trial attorney and primary Medical Marijuana amendment backer John Morgan says he’s thinking about running for governor in 2018.

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If the past is any guide, the road ahead could be challenging for Florida’s medical marijuana amendment.  But some lawmakers are optimistic.

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The Vice President of Florida Sheriffs Association is weighing in on the passage of Amendment 2—allowing for the expansion of medical marijuana in Florida.

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In two weeks, Florida voters will again cast their ballots for a medical marijuana initiative, and cities and counties across the state are fretting over what it means for their jurisdictions.  Much has changed since the earlier measure failed in 2014, but the ardor of its opponents remains strong.

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Seventy-seven percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, according to a new survey of likely voters. The University of North Florida poll shows broad support for expanding access to the drug, which is currently available to people with certain chronic illnesses. UNF pollster Michael Binder says the results bode well for proponents of Constitutional Amendment 2, who need the support of 60% of voters in order to pass the measure.

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State Republican Senator Jack Latvala is fighting the expansion of medical marijuana in the state. Florida voters will decide whether to kickstart the state’s fledging pot industry at the ballot box in November.

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