Office of Compassionate Use

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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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A major supporter of medical marijuana in Florida’s Capitol has filed legislation implementing Amendment Two.    

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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.

A neon sign reading medical with a marijuana leaf beneath it.
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Florida lawmakers are frustrated with the roll out of the state’s medical marijuana law. Nearly two years after the non-euphoric strain was approved, it’s still not available.

Holley Moseley speaking at the Department of Health's hearing.
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Mothers and fathers of children with intractable epilepsy made impassioned pleas Monday at the Department of Health’s medical marijuana rulemaking workshop.  Both parents and Department officials hope this meeting will be the last.

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The Florida Department of Health has decided not to appeal a court ruling invalidating much of the agency’s proposed rules for low-THC marijuana.  This means the rulemaking process gets a reset, but it doesn’t necessarily mean a return to square one.

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The Florida Department of Health has chosen not to appeal a court ruling invalidating the agency’s rules for low-THC marijuana.  The deadline was Monday.  Lobbyist Ron Watson says he’s optimistic for progress at the next meeting.

“We basically look like we’re starting over again,” Watson says, “but I think with better guidance especially from what the judge put in his ruling.”

The Legislature passed a law allowing low-THC marijuana in certain circumstances earlier this year, and the next rules workshop will be in Orlando, December 30.  

It's standing room only at the hearing.
Nick Evans

Florida’s Office of Compassionate Use held its final hearing Friday in Tallahassee to discuss rules for low-THC marijuana.  Nick Evans reports implementing the law passed in the last legislative session has not gotten easier.

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The Florida Channel

Today the Florida Department of Health held its second public hearing to help shape proposed medical marijuana rules. With one strain of the drug already legalized, regulators are building the framework for growing and distributing it. The rulemaking is drawing the attention of a host of entrepreneurs who expect a more expansive medical marijuana amendment to pass in November.