For a moment on Friday, as Florida leaders announced plans for this week's special legislative session, it was believed medical marijuana would be added to the list of contentious issues on tap for resolution.

After all, if cooler heads could compromise on the year's biggest fight — money for economic development under Enterprise Florida — surely they could agree on the rules that will guide the growth of Florida's budding medical marijuana industry.

Unfortunately, it didn't happen.

Rather, the Florida... Continue >

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  • What happened in Tallahassee and where we go from here.

    Posted: 05/08/2017
    Friends, Medical marijuana implementing legislation died on Friday in Tallahassee. The House and Senate couldn't come to a reasonable negotiation on the last day of session. As a result, implementation will have to operate under rules soon to be finalized by the Department of Health—at least until lawsuits are filed and the courts rule on behalf of patients.When we wrote Amendment 2, we were all very aware that the legislature—which deliberately ignored the needs of patients year after year—would not immediately do an about face and live up to the access now codified in the constitution. We knew that this was likely to go to court at some point.... Continue >
  • Saint Peters Blog: New wrinkles in Florida’s medical marijuana implementation raise doubts, concerns

    Posted: 04/28/2017
    I’ve not been shy about expressing my concerns about the implementation of Amendment 2, many of which stem from the fact that I’m the father of a young daughter. From that perspective, it’s imperative to me that Florida exercises necessary prudence and caution while putting in place the mandate from voters on medical marijuana. I’m not ashamed to say: “Surely, not in my backyard!” Call me NIMBY. Call me old fashioned. Just don’t call me Shirley. The existing seven licenses to grow marijuana in Florida have, for the most part, taken a similar stance as I have on a responsible... Continue >
  • Tampa Bay: Editorial: Legislators should follow voters' wishes on medical marijuana

    Posted: 04/28/2017
    After voters overwhelmingly approved expanding medical marijuana in Florida, lawmakers should be smoothing the way for a statewide market to get established. Instead, proposed legislation would strangle growth and access by inserting bureaucrats into medical decisions, hindering competition in the industry and needlessly monitoring doctors and patients. It's a stubborn and suspicious approach that insults the will of voters, and it should be scrapped in favor of legislation that makes medical cannabis a truly accessible option. The bill, HB 1397, by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Fort Myers, outlines rules for implementing Amendment 2, which expands the limited medical uses... Continue >

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