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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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According to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, medical marijuana laws could be tied to reduced opioid use.

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A Republican state lawmaker has come out in support of a medical marijuana ballot initiative.  Florida voters will decide on the measure this November.

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A new poll from Saint Leo University suggests a medical marijuana ballot measure will fare well on the November ballot.

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A Florida bank is making its first few tentative steps into the marijuana industry.  But there’s still a long way to go before pot is treated like other businesses.

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Florida’s administrative courts continue to overhaul the state’s marijuana licensing system.  A judge seems likely to allow a seventh nursery.

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The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Tallahassee.  After two years of waiting, patients throughout Florida will be able to get the drug, but there are new challenges ahead.

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Florida’s first cannabis dispensary is now open in Tallahassee.  Trulieve medical director Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith says the next step is getting doctors ready to prescribe the treatment.

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Low-THC marijuana treatments could be available as soon as next week.  Health officials have granted Trulieve authorization to process and dispense the drug.

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Hearings have concluded in a nursery’s bid to be the seventh medical marijuana grower in the state.  Meanwhile nurseries approved earlier in the process are beginning to harvest their first crops.

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An administrative court will spend this week and the next deciding whether another nursery should be allowed to grow medical marijuana.  Loop’s nursery would be the seventh in the state.

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Florida’s Department of Health says nurseries could begin processing marijuana next month.  The department has been wrangling with the issue for more than two years.

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The same medical marijuana proponents who failed at the ballot box in 2014 are back.  The same opponents are back too.

Orlando could become the latest Florida city to decriminalize up to 20 grams of marijuana possession. The move follows similar policies approved in South Florida and Tampa. Just two weeks ago though, a proposal to do the same in Leon County failed.

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Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry just got bigger, thanks to Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.

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The Florida Senate is sending a medical marijuana proposal to the governor.  The reform package grants access to terminal patients and carries a number of changes for the existing regulatory system.

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Florida lawmakers seem ready to give some terminally ill Floridians access to medical marijuana. But some medical marijuana expansion supporters are already setting their sights on November.

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Medical cannabis legislation is heading to the Senate floor for the second time after a clash in committee.  But time is running out for the proposal to gain passage in both chambers before session closes.

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The Department of Health has given two nurseries the green light to begin growing cannabis.  But an administrative ruling could throw a wrench into the progress.

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The House Health and Human services committee sent two measures to the floor that would’ve been unthinkable just a few years ago.  The full House will now consider a needle exchange pilot program and a new medical marijuana proposal.

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Families who qualify for Florida’s small medical marijuana program could soon have access to the drug by summer.  It’s been nearly two years since the Florida legislature approved the use of a non-euphoric strain of marijuana for certain conditions.

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It’s happening slowly, but the Legislature’s posture toward illicit drugs is shifting.  But even as lawmakers revisit long-standing attitudes, supporters face significant hurdles in their effort to reinvent Florida policy.

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