Tag: Florida

Sorry, We Don’t Serve Alcohol, Just THC-Infused Beverages – Is the Miami Music Festival the Canary in the Coal Mine for Booze?

April 11, 2024 · Cannabis.net

The latest studies covered at Cannabis.net show that 18 to 25 Year-Olds have the same affinity toward cannabis as they do for alcohol. A dramatic shift for cannabis in such a short time of patchwork legalization, and those numbers were taken before THC-Infused beverages have even come close to hitting the mainstream clubs and bars. Interestingly, amidst the ongoing festivities of Miami Music Week, a subtle revolution in festival refreshments quietly emerged, signaling a pivotal shift in nightlife culture. A groundbreaking moment… Read more.

Florida’s Weed Laws Could Be Changing Very Soon

April 10, 2024 · Thrillist

Weed is all the buzz in Florida this spring—and not just because cannabis Christmas aka 4/20 lands this month. The Florida Supreme Court gave the final go ahead for Amendment Three to head to the ballot this fall, which would effectively legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state. While that vote won’t be until November (and if weed is important to you, register to vote in Florida now), we still have medicinal cannabis legal statewide, thanks to Amendment Two which passed in 2016.… Read more.

Florida Marijuana Initiative Will ‘Improve Quality Of Life’ By Providing Alcohol Alternative, Top Cannabis CEO Says, Pushing Back Against DeSantis

April 9, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

If Florida voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative at the ballot, that could actually “improve quality of life” for residents—in contrast with the governor’s recent comments to the contrary—the CEO of a multi-state cannabis operator that has financially supported the campaign says. “The sky has not fallen” with Florida’s implementation of medical cannabis legalization under an earlier initiative, “and folks see that choice is a good thing,” Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said during an interview on The Dales Report’s “Trade… Read more.

Democrats Sense Opportunities in Florida With Weed, Abortion on the Ballot

April 8, 2024 · High Times

Democratic strategists see opportunities to attract Florida voters to the party’s candidates now that constitutional amendment initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana and guarantee broader abortion rights have qualified for the ballot. The Florida Supreme Court announced on April 1 that Amendment 3 to legalize adult-use cannabis and Amendment 4 to protect abortion rights had fulfilled state requirements and would appear on the ballot for this fall’s presidential general election. If passed, Amendment 3 would legalize cannabis for adults aged 21 and older… Read more.

DeSantis Says Florida Voters Will Reject ‘Radical’ Marijuana Ballot Measure, Claiming It Would ‘Reduce The Quality Of Life’

April 5, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) predicts that voters will reject a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in November, calling the proposal “radical” and arguing that it will “reduce the quality of life” in the state. Just days after the Florida Supreme Court cleared the cannabis measure for the ballot, rejecting the state attorney general’s constitutional challenge, the governor addressed the issue at a press conference on Thursday. DeSantis said the marijuana legalization proposal goes beyond simple decriminalization and is “basically… Read more.

Donald Trump Will Decide On Marijuana Legalization As A Florida Voter, Thanks To Supreme Court Ruling

April 3, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The Florida Supreme Court’s decision to allow a marijuana legalization initiative to appear on the state’s November ballot will likely draw unique national attention to this year’s election because of one Florida resident who will get to decide on the reform: former President Donald Trump. While both presumptive presidential nominees—Trump and incumbent President Joe Biden—can reasonably expect to be asked about the issue as they campaign in the Sunshine State, Trump will actually get to cast his vote when he fills out… Read more.

Gluten-Free Cannabis Products – The Marijuana Industry’s $1 Billion Niche That Was Right Under Their Nose The Whole Time?

April 1, 2024 · Cannabis.net

AYR Wellness Inc. (AYRWF) has launched its premium edibles under the Kynd brand in Florida and Nevada, boasting natural flavors and vegan, gluten-free options.  Gluten-free foods are an enourmous billion dollar industry now and the cannabis industry may be sitting on an untapped market for gltuen-free edibles and oils.  Celiac disease and cannabis studies are part of the new wave of medical legalization across America. The gluten-free food market is estimated to be a $7 billion worldwide market in 2024, so the marijuana industry… Read more.

Florida Supreme Court Can Issue Marijuana Ballot Opinion ‘At Any Time’ Before Monday Deadline, But ‘No Provisions’ On What Happens Without Ruling, Official Says

March 28, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida’s Supreme Court is fast approaching a deadline—midnight on Monday—to render an opinion in a case that will decide whether a marijuana legalization initiative will appear on the state ballot this November. But while expectations were that it would issue its decision on Thursday, as it traditionally posts opinions on that day of the week, the court declined to do so—raising procedural questions about what to expect next with time running thin, and what might happen if justices miss the… Read more.

Adult-use cannabis is brewing in Florida, Virginia

March 28, 2024 · Green Market Report

Despite disagreements between executive branches and the arbiters of recreational bids in front of them, two states may soon become part of the growing legion of legal cannabis markets. A citizen-led initiative in Florida is awaiting final approval to appear on the November ballot, while Virginia’s governor has yet to make a decision on a bill that may still slink past him into law. Florida The decision on whether the adult-use question will go before voters this fall is in the hands… Read more.

Florida could add more medical marijuana licenses for Black farmers

March 20, 2024 · Green Market Report

Florida lawmakers approved expansion of medical marijuana licenses for Black farmers for a second legislative session in a row. The provision was tacked onto a broader health bill in the last week of the session and earmarks “at least three” additional licenses for Black farmers who were previously denied licenses, the Florida News Service reported. The effort ties back to the so-called “Pigford” litigation, which addressed racial discrimination against Black farmers by the USDA, such as discriminatory lending. The bill introduces a… Read more.

New medical cannabis trade group launches in Florida

March 6, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

With $2 billion in medical cannabis sales projected this year, Florida is one of the country’s biggest marijuana markets – and that’s true whether or not adult-use legalization appears on the November ballot. But, regardless of legalization, a new industry trade group plans to lobby for policies favorable to the state’s marijuana sector, representatives told MJBizDaily. Headed by two former state officials and comprised of the major multistate operators active in Florida – with one notable exception – the Florida… Read more.

You Can Have Medical Marijuana, You Just Can’t Smoke It – South Carolina and Florida are Conservatives Regulating Cannabis Fails

February 14, 2024 · Cannabis.net

South Carolina's MMJ Bill  Would Prohibit Smoking, Killing Economic Growth for a Nascent Industry? When Cannabis.net put up an article called, "When Conservatives Regulate Cannabis - Florida Caps THC Limits at 10%", the idea was to show how that once legalization happens, bringing non-regulatory ideas into regulation will be a failure. Well, South Carolina say Florida, and said, "Hold my beer". The Senate in South Carolina continued deliberations on a bill seeking to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday, sparking heated debates among lawmakers… Read more.

DeSantis Says Marijuana Legalization Will Be On Florida Ballot Following Court Review

January 22, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says a marijuana legalization initiative will be on the state’s November ballot, predicting a favorable legal outcome for activists in the Supreme Court in the face of a challenge from the attorney general who is seeking to block the vote. Days before dropping out of the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, DeSantis was asked about the prospect of legalization making the Florida ballot by cannabis lobbyist Don Murphy. “I think the court is… Read more.

When Conservatives Regulate Cannabis – Florida Bill Would Cap THC at 10% on Smokable Marijuana

January 18, 2024 · Cannabis.net

On January 5, Florida Representative Ralph Massullo introduced House Bill 1269, which underwent its initial reading on January 9. If approved, this legislation aims to establish restrictions on the potency of cannabis products, particularly in the event of the legalization of adult-use cannabis. The proposed bill outlines stringent limitations for smoking products, concentrates, and edibles. According to the original filed version, marijuana intended for personal use must not exceed a tetrahydrocannabinol potency of 10%, whether measured by weight or volume, for smoking… Read more.

‘Steady Increase’ In Florida Medical Marijuana Certifications Continued In 2023, State Report Shows

January 13, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The number of registered medical marijuana patients continued to rise in Florida during fiscal year 2023, a state panel said in a new annual report—although the rate of growth slowed slightly from previous years as the system matures and attention turns to an adult-use legalization measure that may go before voters on the November ballot. The number of individual patients enrolled in the program, for example, grew by 15 percent in fiscal 2023 compared to the previous year, down from 25… Read more.

Florida Bill Would Cap Adult-Use Cannabis at 10% THC

January 9, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Florida State Representative Ralph Massullo has introduced a bill proposing limitations on the potency of cannabis in the event that adult-use marijuana is legalized in the state later this year. The proposed legislation seeks to set a maximum THC content of 10% for cannabis products intended for smoking and 60% for concentrates. Additionally, marijuana edibles would be subject to a cap of 200 milligrams of THC per package and 10 milligrams per serving. The text of the bill reads: Marijuana for personal… Read more.

DeSantis Says He Would ‘Respect The Decisions That States Make’ On Marijuana Legalization, Despite Personal Opposition

January 8, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says he would “respect the decisions that states make” on marijuana legalization if he’s elected president, despite his personal view that the reform has a “negative impact.” At a campaign event in Iowa on Saturday, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate briefly shared how he would navigate the growing state legalization movement from the White House, pledging to adopt a hands-off approach like that of prior administrations from both parties. DeSantis started by noting that Florida… Read more.

Florida Activists Withdraw Medical Cannabis Home Grow Initiative

December 27, 2023 · High Times

The supporters of a proposed citizen’s initiative that would allow Florida medical marijuana patients to cultivate cannabis at home have ended their efforts to place the measure on the ballot for the 2024 general election. The home cultivation campaign withdrew its initiative petition late last month after failing to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Cannabis activist Moriah Barnhart founded the group Wise and Free in December 2022 to put the medical marijuana home cultivation initiative on the… Read more.

Florida Officials Arrest Two People Accused Of Falsifying Signatures For Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative

December 26, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Florida officials say they’ve arrested two paid canvassers charged with allegedly falsifying signatures on petitions to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the state’s 2024 ballot. As the state Supreme Court weighs a legal challenge to the ballot measure that was brought by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said in a news release last week that two individuals are facing multiple felony counts of submitting falsified petitions. FDLE said that three canvassers… Read more.

Florida Supreme Court Poised to Allow Cannabis Legalization Ballot Question in 2024

November 16, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Florida Supreme Court seems poised to allow an adult-use cannabis legalization proposal to be put to voters next year, seemingly rejecting the arguments by state Attorney General Ashley Moody that the initiative’s wording is misleading and that it violates the state’s single-subject rule on ballot questions, the Miami New Times reports.   During a hearing last week, Justice Charles T. Canady said he was “baffled” by the argument laid out by Chief Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Paul DeSousa of the Florida Attorney General’s Office,… Read more.

Florida Supreme Court to Weigh Fate of Cannabis Legalization Initiative

November 7, 2023 · Green Market Report

Florida’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Wednesday in a pivotal legal skirmish with the potential to place cannabis legalization on the 2024 ballot and reshape the state’s lucrative market. The hearing represents a collision of legal interpretations, voter initiative rights, and the influence of big money on grassroots movements. At the core of the dispute lies a citizen-led ballot initiative proposal spearheaded by Smart & Safe Florida, which has garnered nearly one million signatures in support of adult-use cannabis. The initiative seeks… Read more.

Petition Challenges Ron DeSantis’s ‘Exponential’ MMJ License Fee Hike in Florida

November 7, 2023 · High Times

Florida medical cannabis companies have to pay over 22 times the amount to renew their licenses this year—over $1 million dollars—but one company is challenging the unrealistic price hike before it topples the state’s medical cannabis system as we know it. Sanctuary Cannabis, a medical cannabis company that’s due for a license renewal in January, is arguing that their new $1.33 million price tag for a license is unjustified. The company filed  a petition Oct. 26 against the license renewal… Read more.

Florida Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Cannabis Legalization Initiative Next Month

October 6, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled for November 8 oral arguments on the proposed ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for adult use, WFLA reports. The challenge to the proposal is led by state Attorney General Ashley Moody who claims the measure “misleads” voters to benefit Trulieve, the state’s largest medical cannabis company.  According to the ballot question’s summary, the measure would allow “adults 21 years or older to possess, purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal consumption.” However, Moody argues… Read more.

Florida Supreme Court Schedules Hearing To Decide If Marijuana Legalization Initiative Will Make The 2024 Ballot

October 4, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Florida’s Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for next month in a case that will decide whether a marijuana legalization initiative will appear on the state’s 2024 ballot. Over the past several months, the court has been receiving briefs from both the state attorney general, who filed a legal challenge against the cannabis measure and is asking for it to be invalidated, and the Smart & Safe Florida campaign, which is behind the proposed reform. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s (R)… Read more.

Florida Sheriff’s Office Stops Using Cocaine Test Kit Due to Concerns of False Positive Results

October 2, 2023 · High Times

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has stopped using a particular brand of cocaine field testing kits after more than a decade due to an investigation by one of their detectives which revealed the kits potentially give false positive results. According to local news outlets in the area, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issued a notice to all officers to immediately stop using the test kits after a detective learned that multiple over-the-counter medications caused the kits to show a positive reading for cocaine. JSO… Read more.

Florida Sees More Consolidation as Medical Cannabis Sales Soar

September 16, 2023 · Green Market Report

Florida’s medical cannabis industry, already boasting a valuation at over $1.4 billion, continues to grow. And with potential recreational legalization this upcoming election season, the space will likely see some hefty deals. “Florida has already established itself with a sizeable medical market,” Pablo Zuanic, lead analyst at Zuanic & Associates, wrote in a report Friday. Altogether, the state’s medical cannabis sales growth has accelerated recently, with sales topping $92 million in August and $480 million for the three months ending on Aug.… Read more.

Why Does Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis Hate Weed So Much?

September 7, 2023 · Cannabis.net

During a presidential campaign event in Iowa on Saturday, Ron DeSantis reaffirmed his stance against the legalisation of marijuana. He expressed worries about the potential for young children to access cannabis contaminated with fentanyl. DeSantis underscored that he sees this issue as a pressing modern concern, differing greatly from substances used decades ago. He thinks that such substances' usage among the youth leads to a myriad of problems. Additionally, he highlighted the severe toll drugs are taking on the nation. The… Read more.

Women of Influence: Kim Rivers

August 28, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Arguably the most important woman in the cannabis industry, holding the position of chief executive officer at Florida-based cannabis behemoth Trulieve Cannabis Corp., a nationwide multi-state operator currently valued at $1.14B, Kim Rivers joined Trulieve at its inception and has since played a pivotal role in advancing the company’s customer-centric strategy, strong growth, strategic development and market-beating profitability.  To assure quality, operational integrity and financial success, Rivers insists on supervising every step of the cannabis production process, from seed to… Read more.

DeSantis’s Anti-Marijuana Flip-Flop Is Yet Another Reason He Shouldn’t Be Elected President (Op-Ed)

August 23, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Believe it or not, Ron DeSantis used to be one of the coolest Republicans when it came to weed. Unfortunately, spineless Ron DeSantis has capitulated and fallen in line with the majority of his fellow career-politician Republican prohibitionists. The facts show he is now squarely opposed to the super-majority of Americans (including a majority of Republican voters) who support legalization. This is yet another reason why he must not be elected president. To be fair, before I continue to trash him,… Read more.

Marijuana MSOs expand Florida retail, betting on adult-use legalization

August 16, 2023 ·

Multistate operators are busy expanding their retail footprints in Florida’s nearly $2 billion medical marijuana market, in some cases betting that adult-use legalization is on the horizon and jostling into position to capitalize on that possibility. But investing in Florida marijuana retail could be a gamble. Medical cannabis dispensaries are already offering deep discounts to the more than 800,000 registered medical consumers in the increasingly competitive Florida market, and some companies reported flat sales in the state for the quarter… Read more.

DeSantis-Approved Florida Law Bans ‘Recreational’ Marijuana Ads While Instituting More Industry Worker Restrictions

August 9, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The governor of Florida signed a little-noticed bill that took effect last month, expanding medical marijuana advertising and manufacturing restrictions to prohibit any products or messages that promote “recreational” cannabis use, while adding more stringent eligibility requirements for workers in the industry. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, approved the large-scale health legislation in May, making significant changes to the state’s existing medical cannabis law that could significantly impact the market, especially if an adult-use legalization measure makes… Read more.

Sitting on the Beach and a Pound of Weed Washes Up Next to You – Gift from the Gods or Breaking the Law, What Do You Do?

August 4, 2023 · Cannabis.net

A Florida beach became the location of an enigmatic discovery – a lost treasure. Neptune Beach, situated in the northeastern part of the state near Jacksonville, witnessed an intriguing incident. The local police reported that on Saturday morning, they responded to the presence of a considerable quantity of marijuana that had washed ashore. According to the Neptune Beach Police Department's Facebook post, a significant stash of marijuana likely ruptured at sea and scattered before reaching the beach. In response to this… Read more.

DeSantis Appoints Drug Policy Council Members, Including Sheriff Who Campaigned Against Medical Marijuana And Another Who Backs Decrim

July 28, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a Republican 2024 presidential candidate, has appointed six new members to his state’s Drug Policy Advisory Council—and it includes an eclectic mix of stakeholders, like a sheriff who campaigned against a medical cannabis ballot initiative that voters approved and another sheriff who supports marijuana decriminalization. The panel also features yet another sheriff who went viral for warning heroin sellers while wearing a ski mask and a pastor who thinks his fellow Southern Baptists should “take a… Read more.

‘Operation Kandy Krush’ In Florida Uncovers Nearly 70k Hemp Products That Target Children

July 28, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Florida officials on Tuesday completed “Operation Kandy Krush,” uncovering nearly 70,000 packages of edible hemp products with packaging that target children due to their likeness to common, branded, candies such as Air Heads, Skittles, Trolli gummy candies, Jolly Ranchers, Sour Patch Kids, and Life Savers.  The products were outlawed by a measure passed during the 2023 legislative session. The bill defined the term “attractive to children” to mean manufactured in the shape of humans, cartoons, or animals; manufactured in a form that… Read more.

Kratom Maker Ordered To Pay $11.6 Million In Woman’s Death

July 28, 2023 · Green Market Report

The judge based the amount on tobacco case settlements. Grow, LLC also known as KD Inc. and The Kratom Distro, and Sean Michael Harder were ordered to pay $4.6 million in economic and $7 million in non-economic damages to the family of Krystal Talavera, who died in 2021 after ingesting kratom. Law360 reported that the judge felt the original request of $20 million was too high and instead based his decision on previous tobacco cases. “There is no doubt that this… Read more.

Florida Awards Medical Marijuana Licenses To Black Farmers Under Bill DeSantis Signed Into Law

July 26, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Two Black farmers in Florida have been awarded medical marijuana business licenses under a bill that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law last month. The state’s legalization law that was implemented in 2017 stipulated that one medical cannabis business license needed to go to a Black farmer who is covered by the historic “Pigford” class action litigation against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleging discriminatory lending practices. But it was only last year that the Florida Department of Health… Read more.

Beer, Scratch Ticket, Weed – Gas Station Cannabis is Coming to Florida and then the World

July 8, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Green Thumb Industries' CEO expressed confidence in an interview that regulators in Florida will ultimately approve the company's groundbreaking deal to establish medical cannabis dispensaries alongside Circle K gas stations throughout the state. The partnership between the multistate operator and Circle K would allow medical marijuana patients to purchase snacks and fuel up at Circle K convenience stores while also having access to cannabis products at adjacent Rise dispensaries. Since its announcement in October, the agreement has garnered national attention and regulatory scrutiny. However,… Read more.

DeSantis Signs Bill Banning Hemp ‘Chewing Gum’ And Other Cannabis Products For People Under 21 In Florida

July 8, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, has signed a bill banning sales of any consumable hemp products—including cannabis “chewing gum”—to people under 21, an expansion of an existing prohibition on young people being able to purchase smokable hemp. The legislation, SB 1676 from Sen. Colleen Burton (R), was signed into law last week and took effect on Saturday. It also creates penalties for businesses that market hemp in a way that’s appealing to children and bans… Read more.

Florida AG Says No Recreational Weed in Florida Because, Well, Technically, Weed is Illegal in America

July 7, 2023 · Cannabis.net

The Attorney General of Florida has presented a document to the state Supreme Court outlining her justifications for preventing a marijuana legalization proposal from appearing on the 2024 ballot. Alongside her, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and an anti-drug organization have also filed documents opposing the initiative. Notably, most of this measure's funding is provided by Trulieve, a cannabis company operating in multiple states. Attorney General Argues Ballot Summary of Cannabis Measure is Misleading to Voters Following a court-granted extension of two… Read more.

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Despite Opposition to Federal Reform

June 28, 2023 · Green Market Report

Provisions under the new law could more than double the number of licensees in the state. In the span of just four days, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis both nixed the possibility of federal marijuana decriminalization if he wins the U.S. presidency and also gave a significant boost to his home state’s medical marijuana market by signing a pro-cannabis legislative bill into law. DeSantis on Monday signed House Bill 387, which both makes permanent the option of renewing medical marijuana patient registrations via remote… Read more.

Florida Court Upholds Firing of Corrections Officer for Medical Cannabis Use

June 24, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A Florida appeals court on Wednesday upheld the firing of a Department of Corrections officer for using medical cannabis, WOKV reports. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court cited federal law and a job requirement that officers are able to use firearms.  The case was brought by Samuel Velez Ortiz, a former sergeant for the Department of Corrections who was approved by a physician to use medical cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder related to previous military service. Velez Ortiz had… Read more.

Legal recreational marijuana could be a reality in Florida. What to know

June 6, 2023 · Yahoo!News

Brandon Girod, Pensacola News Journal Tue, June 6, 2023 at 10:50 PM GMT+7·7 min read Florida voters will finally have the opportunity to legalize recreational marijuana usage after a proposed initiative received almost one million verified signatures, allowing it to officially qualify for the 2024 general election ballot. The measure has received more than 967,000 valid signatures, according to Smart & Safe Florida, the campaign pushing the measure and backed by Trulieve, one of Florida’s biggest medical marijuana providers. The petition needed 891,523 valid… Read more.

Red White & Bloom Makes Headway in U.S. Cannabis Market

May 31, 2023 ·

The company said it plans to open five more stores in Florida. Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (OTC: RWBYF) posted its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2023. The company posted revenues that ticked down over the year and opened newly re-branded stores in Florida, as it tries to stave off losses. The Toronto-based firm reported revenues of $27 million, down from last year’s $28 million, with a gross profit of $9.4 million. Operating expenses amounted to $10.9 million, and the… Read more.

Where Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis Stands On Marijuana

May 26, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has officially announced that he’s running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The candidate’s marijuana policy record is fairly mixed. While he opposes cannabis legalization, he supported several pieces of reform legislation during his time in Congress and has taken steps to build on Florida’s medical marijuana program as governor. As a general theme, DeSantis seems to support the right of states to set their own cannabis policies, even if he personally draws the line… Read more.

Fewer research analysts covering cannabis underscores industry woes

May 24, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Cannabis industry earnings calls have been a little quieter this year. Fewer research analysts are covering the U.S. marijuana industry, which experts say reflects the challenging economic headwinds facing the industry, including high taxes, high interest rates, rock-bottom stock prices and the slow pace of federal MJ reform. New York-based Cantor Fitzgerald and Cowen are among the more notable financial-services firms that have dropped coverage of U.S. plant-touching cannabis companies. “It speaks to the unhealthy state of our industry,” Jesse… Read more.

Florida AG argues adult-use marijuana ballot measure violates state Constitution

May 19, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida this week, arguing that the Adult Personal Use of Marijuana ballot initiative is unconstitutional. Text of the proposed constitutional amendment must be approved by the state Supreme Court. As of last month, Florida cannabis advocates had collected more than 600,000 valid signatures in support of the constitutional amendment to legalize adult-use marijuana. In an advisory opinion filed Monday, Moody said the measure, which would put recreational marijuana before… Read more.

Florida to Grant Additional Cannabis Licenses for Black Farmers, Expands Telehealth Renewals

May 5, 2023 · Green Market Report

Cannabis plants growing in greenhouse

The Florida legislature signaled a move toward increased access and inclusivity in Florida's medical marijuana market. Florida’s medical marijuana market is poised for expansion following the passage of a bill that extends the renewal of marijuana prescriptions over telehealth and authorizes nearly a dozen additional licenses for Black farmers to enter the cannabis industry. The bill, HB 387, passed with bipartisan support in the House with a 105-8 vote. It had previously cleared the Senate with strong support. The move is… Read more.

Florida Legalization Campaign Nearing Signature Threshold to Put Issue on 2024 Ballot

May 4, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Florida campaign seeking to put a cannabis legalization question to voters has collected 94% of the signatures required to get the question on ballots, Ballotpedia News reports. Smart & Safe Florida has collected 841,130 valid signatures of the 891,523 valid signatures required to put the issue on 2024 ballots.  The campaign began signature gathering in August 2022 and has collected an average of 23,360 valid signatures each week since the approval, the report says.   Smart & Safe Florida has raised $30.5 million… Read more.

Florida Marijuana Activists Close In On Signature Requirement To Put Legalization On 2024 Ballot

May 1, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Florida marijuana advocates have collected 841,130 signatures for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative as of the end of April—about 94 percent of what’s required to put the issue before voters next year. Based on monthly signature data reported by the Florida Division of Elections, which updates petition counts on the measure at the end of each month, it seems that the legalization campaign is well positioned to reach the 891,523 signature mandate by the end of this month. At the… Read more.

Trulieve legal settlement comes amid scrutiny of racial bias in cannabis industry

April 19, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Trulieve Cannabis has settled a lawsuit with a Black former middle manager who accused the Florida-based medical marijuana multistate operator in a complaint filed last month of paying her and other Black employees less than whites. According to records filed April 13 in the 2nd Judicial Court in Tallahassee, where Trulieve is headquartered, the company reached a settlement with Brooke Bennett, who worked as a manager in the company’s 200-person St. Petersburg call center from August 2018 to 2022. Terms weren’t… Read more.

Detroit Dispensary As Cannabis Casino, Delaware Legalization, Florida’s Hemp Issues And More

April 16, 2023 · Benzinga

Florida House Committee OKs Hemp Product Restriction Bill Following the approval of a bill related to regulating for hemp-derived products, entrepreneurs are concerned that the bill could put them out of business. The proposed bill, HB 1475, sponsored by Republican Will Robinson Jr. of Manatee County, aims to limit the amount of THC in retail hemp products. This move is in response to the growing popularity of Delta-8, a legal product that has led to proposed hemp regulations in over 20 states in the past two years.… Read more.

Cypress Hill’s B Real Unveils Latin Lingo Cannabis Strain In Florida

April 16, 2023 · the Dales Report

Dr. Greenthumb’s brand, headed by rapper B Real, has just launched a new cannabis strain in Florida. Known as “Latin Lingo,” the strain pays homage to Cypress Hill’s 1992 single of the same name. It is described as a mix of sweet fruit and old-school gas, featuring Jet Fuel Gelato and a lemon cherry cross. The launch represents B Real’s first foray into the Florida cannabis market, highlighting his roots and close ties to the state’s large Hispanic and Latino population. The… Read more.

Florida Physician Sues Health Officials Over Unsuccessful Medical Cannabis Sting Operation

April 12, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Law gavel on a stack of American money

A medical cannabis physician in Florida is suing the state Department of Health and two investigators who posed as patients in a sting operation during which officials tried to strip him of his medical license, WUSF News reports. Dr. Joseph Dorn was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing in March 2022.  The Health Department had alleged Dorn violated state law by not performing physicals on the undercover agents who posed as patients seeking medical cannabis cards, which agency officials called employing a “trick or scheme” in the… Read more.

Addressing 3 issues builds bridges between law enforcement, regulators and marijuana business owners

April 11, 2023 · Cannabis.net

A state’s cannabis regulations can run hundreds of pages and contain even more rules. But the regulators who create these rules and law enforcement officials who enforce them care the most about three things: Preventing diversion to the illicit market. The physical security of cannabis operations. A potential drain on law enforcement and community resources. To stay compliant and maintain good relations with regulators and law enforcement, cannabis businesses should focus their security efforts around these three goals. “In terms of… Read more.

Green Thumb deal to sell medical marijuana at Florida gas stations on hold amid litigation

April 7, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

A novel deal unveiled more than five months ago by Green Thumb Industries (GTI) to lease space and open medical marijuana dispensaries adjacent to Circle K convenience stores in Florida has yet to win approval from state regulators and is now in litigation. The plan – which would allow motorists to pump gasoline at select Circle K convenience stores and purchase MMJ from an adjacent Rise Express dispensary – drew national news coverage last October. At the time, GTI founder and CEO… Read more.

Cannabis Legalization Update: Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, Maryland, Connecticut & Florida

April 6, 2023 · Benzinga

Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Another Senate Hurdle Minnesota is close to legalizing marijuana after a Senate committee approved a bill by Sen. Lindsey Port (D). The bill has only two more committees to pass before it can be taken to the full chamber. The House companion bill, sponsored by Rep. Zack Stephenson (D) has already passed through 14 committees, reported Marijuana Moment. Want Some Great Weed In Michigan? Join the ultimate marijuana showdown at Michigan's 4th Annual Cannabis Cup. The competition is back and bigger than ever. With… Read more.

Florida Marijuana Legalization Campaign Nears Signature Total Needed For Ballot Access

April 5, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

An industry-backed marijuana reform campaign has so far collected more than 70 percent of the signatures it needs to put a legalization initiative before voters on the 2024 ballot. The Florida Division of Elections updates petition counts on the measure at the end of each month, and at the close of March the campaign had netted 635,961 valid signatures, a development first noted by News Service Florida. At the end of January, the measure cleared a major hurdle, getting enough signatures to initiate a state… Read more.

Telehealth Medical Cannabis Prescriptions Could Be Coming to Florida Under New Bill

March 13, 2023 ·

Discreet prescription refills via telehealth visits are already the norm for medications like hair loss and erectile dysfunction medication for men, which is easier to do when it’s not in-person. The same methods could be used to be discreet and quietly get prescriptions for medical cannabis under a new Florida bill. House Bill 387 is sponsored by Spencer Roach (R-North Fort Myers) and would allow practitioners to certify patients for medical cannabis via FaceTime, Skype, etc. visits rather than in-person visits.… Read more.

Marijuana firm Bright Green’s immigrant fundraising plan draws scrutiny

March 1, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Nasdaq-traded marijuana company Bright Green Corp. is again attracting scrutiny and questions, this time for its audacious plan to raise $500 million through a federal investment program that targets immigrant investors. The company announced in a February news release it would use the money generated through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to build out its “world-class production and drug manufacturing facilities” in the small New Mexico town of Grants. Florida-based Bright Green also plans to use the money to bankroll research and… Read more.