Surveys Yet To Link Medical Marijuana And Teen Drug Abuse

FLORIDA:  As the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida heats up, so too does an enduring worry about whether an herb intended for sick adults will end up harming teens. Evidence is mounting that heavy pot use among young teens can cause serious emotional and physical damage. The fear is that medical marijuana will Read the full article…

Florida Senate Advances Bill To Provide For Dispensaries For Limited Strains Of Marijuana

FLORIDA:While the Florida House of Representatives moves to decriminalize a non-euphoric strain of marijuana, the Senate advanced an alternative approach on Monday — create up to four highly regulated dispensaries to distribute the strain for medical purposes. It is an approach that states that have legalized medical marijuana are increasingly turning to, after gaps in Read the full article…

Florida Medical Marijuana Backers Aim To Avoid ‘Wild West Of Weed’ Mistakes

FLORIDA: On the boardwalk in Venice Beach, Calif., medical marijuana hawkers wearing green uniforms and hoisting bright-green leaf signs call out to passing crowds. They advertise doctors who, for a price — usually $40 — will provide the legally required physician recommendation to buy marijuana after a cursory exam. A convenient pot shop is usually just a Read the full article…

Ahead In Polls, Florida Medical Marijuana Poised For Ad-War Win

FLORIDA: Medical marijuana is so popular in Florida that 78 percent of likely voters in Republican-controlled state Senate districts back the idea, according to a recent state GOP poll obtained by The Miami Herald. The survey echoes two others last month that found medical-marijuana support ranging from 64 percent to 70 percent — results consistent with Read the full article…

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Initiative No Slam Dunk

FLORIDA: Medical marijuana enjoys broad backing in Florida, with polls in the past year indicating that 65 to 70 percent of voters support the idea. But passing a constitutional amendment to legalize medical pot may not be the cakewalk that such numbers suggest. Florida requires a 60 percent majority to amend the state Constitution. Older voters Read the full article…

Conservative Committee Opens Door To Medical Marijuana For Florida

FLORIDA:  One conservative Republican who has suffered from brain cancer talked about the deceit of the federal government in hiding the health benefits of marijuana for his cancer. Another legislator reluctantly met with a South Florida family, only to be persuaded to support legalizing the drug. Then there was Rep. Charles Van Zant, the surly Read the full article…

Florida Republicans Soften Stand On Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  E. Ronal Mudd was a Methodist chaplain who helped open Florida’s first hospice in Jacksonville, then became a cancer patient in it. By 1984, Mudd’s final weeks were consumed with just trying to keep his food down. He asked a friend to get him some marijuana. That friend was Don Gaetz, now the Republican Read the full article…

Would Rick Scott Sign A Medical Marijuana Bill?

FLORIDA:  Florida’s sudden rush to legalize marijuana for the sick or dying is heading toward a potentially important speed bump: Gov. Rick Scott. While Republican and Democratic lawmakers are rushing to advance bills legalizing some forms of marijuana for medicinal use, the governor has refused to say whether he would sign a bill – even one favored Read the full article…