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Medical Marijuana Initiative

  1. Future of medical pot in Florida still cloudy after Senate discussion


    TALLAHASSEE — What began as a decisive instruction from voters that patients who need medical marijuana should have access to it is shaping up to be a complex and contentious fight in the Florida Capitol.

     Some of the medical marijuana products on display in the “Garden” at Surterra Wellness Center, 2558 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, on Feb. 27. Surterra Holdings is one of seven companies in Florida licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana products in the state.
  2. Senators poised for first major medical marijuana hearing


    Florida's new medical marijuana market will start to take shape today as a panel of senators workshops five proposals to put the voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the drug into place.

    Medical marijuana
  3. Lobbyist muscle will be major force in medical marijuana fight


    Last week, hundreds of hopeful patients, caregivers and business interests filled meeting rooms across the state to tell health officials how they want Florida’s medical marijuana program to go into effect after 71 percent of voters approved it.

    A House committee room is standing-room-only as lobbyists pack in for a public hearing on medical cannabis. The room was so packed, staff in the sergeant-at-arms' office had to block entrance to latecomers.
  4. Health officials wrap up week of hearings on marijuana


    The Florida Department of Health’s fifth and final hearing on new medical marijuana rules may have been its most sparsely attended, but those who did show up largely spoke with one voice.

    Department of Health officials listen to public comment at the final rulemaking hearing for new medical marijuana rules Thursday in Tallahassee.
  5. Jeff Brandes files competing medical marijuana bill


    State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, on Wednesday proposed new rules for medical marijuana in Florida, putting forward an idea that would compete with legislation already filed by another Senate Republican.

    State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg
  6. If medical marijuana passes, how would Rubio or Murphy advocate in the Senate?


    If Floridians vote to legalize medical marijuana through Amendment 2 on Tuesday, the state will open its borders to a new, booming industry that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in just a few years.

    U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, left, a Democrat, voted for the medical marijuana amendment. Incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio voted against Amendment 2, but he has said before that he would support medical marijuana if it went through the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process.
  7. Out-of-state groups dominate fundraising in final months of Florida's medical marijuana fight


    For the last two months, most of the money fueling Florida’s medical marijuana fight hasn’t been coming from Florida families hoping for patient access to medical marijuana or anti-drug activists who worry about the impact on their home state.

    John Morgan, the major funder of the Amendment 2 campaign, speaks at the Marijuana Business Conference this May in Orlando. At the event, he implored marijuana businesses to donate, saying they stood to gain if Florida legalized medical marijuana.