Miami-Dade Adopts $100 Fine For Pot Possession

“We have better things to do with our police resources,” said Commissioner Sally Heyman, sponsor of the ordinance. “For goodness’ sakes, we don't have to destroy the lives of so many.”

FLORIDA:  Miami-Dade commissioners voted Tuesday to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering — issuing a civil citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal system. “We have better things to do with our police resources,” said Commissioner Sally Heyman, sponsor of the ordinance. Read the full article…

Marijuana Grower Licenses Available In Florida

It’s been five months since marijuana was legalized in D.C., and now there’s a public opportunity to show off, if you’ve been letting that liberty take root.

FLORIDA:  In June of last year Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill that legalizes the use of low-potency marijuana for medical purposes. On Wednesday of this week the state will begin accepting applications from parties interested in being one of five legal regional growing operations in the state. It won’t be cheap Read the full article…

Holistic Healers Applaud Move To Make Charlotte’s Web Pot Available

So far, 33 Floridian physicians have completed the required low-THC cannabis continuing medical education courses provided online by the Florida Medical Association.

FLORIDA:  When Mirabai Cardullo’s husband, Chris Cardullo, was battling kidney cancer that had spread to his liver, she searched for ways to relieve his pain – and looked to cannabis for answers. “I tried to get him (medical) marijuana before he passed. I didn’t want him to be in pain and I tried to inquire Read the full article…

Fla. low-THC medical marijuana law passes major hurdle

Florida's Department of Health has been the agency in the charge of implementing Charlotte's Web. They're expected to take applications from eligible growers within three weeks. Under the law, only five will be chosen to sell it.

FLORIDA:  We’ve shared their emotional stories. Parents from all over the state have been waiting. Waiting to get their hands on Charlotte’s Web, a low-THC form of medical marijuana, to treat illnesses their children have such as epilepsy, seizures and cancer. Finally, on Wednesday they got an answer when a judge threw out a lawsuit Read the full article…

State’s Medical Marijuana Law Clears Legal Hurdle

While the cultivation, sale and possession of marijuana might be legal on a Native American Reservation, South Dakota law still bans it off reservation and for non-Natives.

FLORIDA:  The state’s noneuphoric-medical-marijuana law cleared a major legal hurdle Wednesday when a judge in Tallahassee upheld it, which allows the state to begin licensing marijuana growers this summer. Florida Administrative Hearings Judge David Watkins rejected claims by an Orange County nursery that the state’s proposed rules and regulations were unfairly developed to give advantage Read the full article…

Hillsborough May Ease Marijuana Law For Juveniles

Hillsborough County is moving toward making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil instead of criminal offense for minors.

FLORIDA:  Hillsborough County is moving tentatively toward making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil instead of criminal offense for minors. The county’s Juvenile Justice Board agreed recently to appoint a subcommittee to study adding misdemeanor pot possession to a list of offenses eligible for civil citations. If all members of the committee agree, Read the full article…

Black Farmers Say Florida’s Medical Marijuana Law Shuts Them Out

I-502 brought major changes to cannabis in Washington, but those have come about from regulating a system that was never regulated in the first place.

FLORIDA:  Black farmers in Florida say they are being shut out from the state’s emerging medical marijuana trade, and are pushing for changes in the law that would let them break into the limited, legal pot market. Though Sunshine State voters last fall rejected a broad medical marijuana ballot proposal, a more narrow measure (Senate Read the full article…

Florida Lawmakers Hope Attempt To Revive Medical Marijuana Bill Will Succeed

opponents say that the real objective of medical marijuana is to make it easier for people to obtain it for recreational purposes.

FLORIDA:  Lawmakers have revived their plans to quicken the pace of making certain strains of medical marijuana available to Floridians. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed an amendment to his medical marijuana bill, giving new life to legislation that had stalled. Lawmakers postponed a vote on the amendment Monday, but Bradley said a solution is Read the full article…

Changes Blooming In Senate Pot Plan

Pot grown at the state-licensed operation can’t be certified as organic because the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t recognize marijuana as a legal crop.

FLORIDA:  The leader of the Senate’s move to jump-start Florida’s medical marijuana industry has agreed to increase the level of euphoria-inducing THC in the limited types of pot allowed under a nearly year-old law. Senate Regulated Industries Chairman Rob Bradley also has signed off on a change to make room for nurseries that don’t meet Read the full article…

“Medical Necessity” Defense In Marijuana Cases Still A Battle In Florida, But More Victories Possible

"We cannot underestimate the role of physicians in making sure that patients can access medical marijuana," Secretary Murphy said.

FLORIDA:  When a Broward County jury ruled that 50-year-old Jesse Teplicki was not guilty of growing marijuana earlier this month because his need for medical cannabis outweighed the crime of actually growing the still illegal plant, cannabis reformers rejoiced. The victory meant a precedent was set and more victories cold follow. But arguing the “medical Read the full article…