Tampa Bay Times - The Buzz

By: Adam C. Smith

TAMPA BAY, FL - This is the first election cycle where medical marijuana stands to be a significant issue for political campaigns. The medical marijuana advocacy group Empowering Wellness will host a bi-partisan conference in St. Petersburg Oct. 6 featuring marijuana friendly elected officials and industry representatives wanting to expand patient access to cannabis. Co-sponsors include U.S. Reps. Charlie Cris, D-St. Petersburg and Darren Soto, D-Orlando and state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St.... Continue >

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  • Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opening its Doors in Sarasota

    Posted: 08/11/2018
    WTSP By: 10 News Staff SARASOTA, Fla.—The medical cannabis dispensary opened by Alt-Med Florida off Fruitville Road in Sarasota will be the first of its kind. The dispensary, called Muv, will grow, extract and manufacture all its THC and CBD products right there. The company opened a similar dispensary in Apollo Beach last year and have another 23 planned. Company officials said the staff wouldn’t be like what people would expect at a medical marijuana dispensary. Like other dispensaries, you must consult with a doctor before being able to purchase medical marijuana products. https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/florida/medical-cannabis-dispensary-opening-its-doors-in-sarasota/67-581813786   Learn more at www.altmedflorida.com Continue >
  • Charlie Crist Sponsors Bill Allowing Veterans to Use Medical Marijuana

    Posted: 08/11/2018
      By Drew Wilson Floridapolitics.com   Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist announced a new bill Wednesday that would allow veterans to be treated with medical marijuana without getting canned from federal government jobs. Crist introduced H.R. 6589, also known as the “Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act,” during a roundtable discussion with veterans and cannabis industry representatives in Largo. “Medical marijuana is an issue of compassion, and in the veterans’ community, access is even more important as more and more veterans are turning to cannabis to address chronic pain and PTSD. At the same time, the federal government is the... Continue >
  • Pam Bondi files 57-page brief supporting ban on smokable med pot

    Posted: 08/07/2018
      By News Service of Florida The brief argues the Legislature “considered important health and safety factors” when deciding to ban smoking, refuting an assertion made by a County Circuit judge that the amendment legalizing the drug in Florida recognized the right for it to be smoked in private. Pointing in part to smoking-related health effects, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office on Friday filed a 57-page brief arguing that an appeals court should uphold a decision by the Legislature to ban smoking medical marijuana. The brief, filed at the 1st District Court of Appeal, came as the state challenges a... Continue >



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