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Florida not among states asking feds to let banks work with marijuana businesses

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Attorneys general across the United States have joined together in urging lawmakers to pass banking reform legislation that would allow the banking industry to work with businesses in the legal marijuana industry.

Last week, attorneys general in 30 states and 4 U.S. territories sent a letter to Congress asking them to pass the SAFE Banking Act, or something similar, to protect banks that work with marijuana businesses. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody was not among those who signed the letter.

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Medical marijuana industry growing quickly, not list of qualified doctors

There are more than 80,000 licensed doctors in Florida, but just over 2,000 are currently qualified to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.

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Returning from Iraq after the deadliest year for U.S. soldiers in the war, a local veteran said his life was completely different.

"I was just kind of like, I felt like a shell of a person," said the soldier who wanted to go by Jake.

Jake said he was on prescribed medications that numbed him. He started looking into alternatives like medical marijuana.

"I was a little hesitant because of the stigma attached to it from working in the military all my adult life. It was something kind of frowned upon," Jake said.

But he found a doctor who helped guide him. Now, Jake is on a CBD and THC mix.

"I take a pill at night time and I sleep like a baby," said Jake.

But not all patients can find the right doctor or right medication combination so quickly. There are more than 100,000 active medical marijuana holders in the state but only 2,212 doctors qualified to prescribe medical marijuana, according to Florida's Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

 

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Smokable medical marijuana: Woman talks life-changing effects

WEARETV ABC 3 Pensacola FL
by Renee Beninate

In 2010, Allman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She was confined to her bed and wheelchair, taking 50 pills a day.

"I literally for the last nine years felt lost for a while on all those medications - 50 drugs a day. I spent a couple years after I was diagnosed just completely in a daze," she said.

Today, she can now walk, only takes five medications a day and has gotten off opioids.

She said medical marijuana has been the difference.

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Top City Officials Pushback Against Decriminalizing Marijuana

WUSF Public Media

Florida voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana. And while recreational use is still illegal, cities and counties across the state are loosening up penalties.

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Patients face Discrimination at Work and School

When Kaitlin McKeon was confronted with the results of her drug test, she already knew what it would show: positive for marijuana. Before she'd even enrolled in the nursing program at Nova Southeastern University, the bubbly then-23-year-old had told school officials she had a medical marijuana card and used the drug to relieve her chronic stomach pain.

The surprise was the next part: Because she'd failed the test, she was being recommended for dismissal. The director of the school's entry-level nursing program, Lori Lupe, handed the eager, first-year student a letter declaring she had violated the school's zero-tolerance drug policy. McKeon was so stunned she barely defended herself. She left the February 2018 meeting and cried.

Initially recruited to swim at Nova Southeastern straight out of high school, McKeon had to postpone her college plans because of health problems that began with a severe stomach bleed. Now her life was being thrown off-course again — this time by the very thing that had finally helped her feel better.

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Meet Holly Bell, Florida’s Mother Of Marijuana

Meet Holly Bell, Florida’s Mother Of Marijuana
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One day six years ago, Holly Bell was rummaging through her daughter’s Volkswagen when she stumbled upon an identification card. It was issued from a medical marijuana registry in Los Angeles, California. She stared at Hilary’s face on the card, fascinated but not surprised.

“I mean I grew up in an era where everybody smoked pot. It was no big deal,” Bell says.

She can laugh about it now but back then, she had a slew of questions for her daughter.

In her answers, Hilary described how medical marijuana relaxed her muscles and soothed her anxiety – both crippling symptoms of a congenital disease; she was born 10 weeks premature and with mild cerebral palsy.

Today, Hilary Bell, 28, works as a film writer in Nashville, where medical marijuana is still illegal. And Bell has recently been named the first-ever cannabis director of Florida, where the regulation and use of cannabis remains a political hot topic.

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Florida Is the Nation's Fastest-Growing Medical Marijuana Market

Florida Is the Nation's Fastest-Growing Medical Marijuana Market
Miami New Times, by 

Despite ongoing efforts by the Florida Legislature to thwart the will of the people, Florida likely has the fastest- growing medical marijuana program in the nation.

More than 213,000 people are enrolled, with 10,000-plus signing up every month.

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Florida Legislature Won't Cap the THC Levels in Medical Marijuana After All

Florida Legislature Won't Cap the THC Levels in Medical Marijuana After All

Florida Pheonix, by Lloyd Dunkelberger

A plan to limit medical marijuana’s potency went up in smoke as the 2019 Legislature moves to a conclusion.

Earlier this spring, lawmakers passed a bill and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law, allowing Floridians who have debilitating diseases to smoke medical marijuana. Advocates say the law carries out of the will of Florida voters who overwhelmingly approved a 2016 state constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana.

But later in the legislative session, the Florida House advanced a bill to limit the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the chemical agent that causes the high – to no more than 10 percent in whole-flower products. But the bill (HB 7117) stalled.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried opposed the legislation.

 

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10% THC cap moving forward

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Florida could be first state to limit THC in smokable medical marijuana

A legislative proposal could make Florida the first state to regulate tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, levels in smokable medical marijuana.

Rep. Ray Rodrigues, an Estero Republican, earlier this year sponsored legislation (HB 7117) to limit the levels.

The bill was sent to the House floor but awaits a vote. The Senate has not acted on the issue.

Now, Rodrigues has filed an amendment with the 10 percent THC cap to a health care licensing bill (SB 188) already passed by the Senate. He wants the measure added before the House approves the legislation.

That bill, on the “special order” calendar, is scheduled to be heard in the House Tuesday night. That means members can ask questions about the measure and offer amendments.

 

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10% Cap on THC

The House Appropriations Committee will be taking HB 7117 up tomorrow Tuesday 4/9 at 10:30 AM for a VOTE. Last Wednesday morning over objections from many lawmakers, the Health and Human Services Committee of the Florida House approved PCB HHS 19-02 from Ray Rodrigues which became HB 7117.

This bill has a lot of VERY BAD issues mixed in with a few good things like a veteran ID card discount FFC has been fighting for and emergency rulemaking. See some of these below and read the full bill as well, but before you do that make sure you CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS below and tell them about all of the negatives in this bill for patients. They are so BAD many veterans went all the way to Tallahassee to speak against this! (Video below) These need to be amended, or they need to NOT pass this bill!! 71% of Florida did not vote for 10%! Patients are just asking that the legislature give them what 71% of Florida voted for, whole cannabis medicine! Call Your Elected Officials!

HB 7117 is Negative for Patients because it would:
-Cap THC Limits to 10% on flower products
-Further limit patients to a 35 day supply
-Add further limitations for 18+ and pediatric patients
-Push back testing regulations further

Here is the bottom line:

-This bill will actually make patients have to smoke more to get the relief they need (The House led the charge against smoking and now will cause more for patients to get the relief they need)

-This bill will basically be a tax on patients (Patients will have to spend and consume more driving them to the black market)

-They want to test to make sure THC isn't too high, is that for just THC, or THC-A & THC-B or anything else?(Do they know there is more then just THC and CBD in this plant? They havent even gotten their testing or research regulations implemented correctly and yet keep adding more)

-Limiting THC will not stop with just edibles and smoked cannabis, they will claim this about other products next if they can find one study to back up their claim (This is AS BAD OR WORSE then their genius idea for a 90 day wait way back)

-This bill needs its negatives amended or this bill must be stopped. 71% Did not vote for 10% limitations and they are asking for lawsuits all while hurting patients AGAIN! Maybe they should amend it to 71%!


You can find the full Bill details here: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sect…/Bills/billsdetail.aspx…


If you can contact your legislators the best way is to do so is below:
Appropriations Committee

Chair
W. Travis Cummings (R)
Travis.Cummings@myfloridahouse.gov
(850) 717-5018

Vice Chair
Dane Eagle (R)
(850) 717-5077
Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov

Democratic Ranking Member
Kionne L. McGhee (D)
(850) 717-5117
Kionne.McGhee@myfloridahouse.gov

Bryan Avila (R)
(850) 717-5111
Bryan.Avila@myfloridahouse.gov

Cord Byrd (R)
(850) 717-5011
cord.byrd@myfloridahouse.gov

Ben Diamond (D)
(850) 717-5068
Ben.Diamond@myfloridahouse.gov

Bobby DuBose (D)
(850) 717-5094
Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov

Nicholas X. Duran (D)
(850) 717-5112
Nicholas.Duran@myfloridahouse.gov

Joe Geller (D)
(850) 717-5100
joseph.geller@myfloridahouse.gov

Kristin Jacobs (D)
(850) 717-5096
Kristin.Jacobs@myfloridahouse.gov

Evan Jenne (D)
(850) 717-5099
Evan.Jenne@myfloridahouse.gov

Mike La Rosa (R)
(850) 717-5042
Mike.LaRosa@myfloridahouse.gov

Chris Latvala (R)
(850) 717-5067
Chris.Latvala@myfloridahouse.gov

Thomas J. ''Tom'' Leek (R)
(850) 717-5025
Tom.Leek@myfloridahouse.gov

MaryLynn Magar (R)
(850) 717-5082
MaryLynn.Magar@myfloridahouse.gov

Ralph Massullo, Jr. (R)
(850) 717-5034
Ralph.Massullo@myfloridahouse.gov

Cary Pigman (R)
(850) 717-5055
Cary.Pigman@myfloridahouse.gov

Scott Plakon (R)
(850) 717-5029
Scott.Plakon@myfloridahouse.gov

Rene Plasencia (R)
(850) 717-5050
Rene.Plasencia@myfloridahouse.gov

Holly Merrill Raschein (R)
(850) 717-5120
Holly.Raschein@myfloridahouse.gov

Paul Renner (R)
(850) 717-5024
Paul.Renner@myfloridahouse.gov

Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R)
(850) 717-5076
Ray.Rodrigues@myfloridahouse.gov

Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)
(850) 717-5049
Carlos.Smith@myfloridahouse.gov

Chris Sprowls (R)
(850) 717-5065
Chris.Sprowls@myfloridahouse.gov

Richard Stark (D)
(850) 717-5104
Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov

Jay Trumbull (R)
(850) 717-5006
Jay.Trumbull@myfloridahouse.gov

Barbara Watson (D)

(850) 717-5107
barbara.watson@myfloridahouse.gov

Jayer Williamson (R)
850) 717-5003
jayer.williamson@myfloridahouse.gov

Clay Yarborough (R)
(850) 717-5012
clay.yarborough@myfloridahouse.gov

Appropriations Committee Hearing: Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Webster Hall 212 Knott Click Appear at meeting

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