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Cannabidiol spray delivered to Florida’s first registered patient

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At 10:12 a.m. Monday, Rich Murphy was handed a one-ounce bottle of hope. Murphy, a 61-year-old survivor of a 2014 horrific traffic accident, received one of Florida’s first therapeutic doses of cannabidiol spray. The spray was distributed by Surterra Therapeutics, a health and wellness-focused company. Suterra president Susan Driscoll and Dr. Lisa Avery – Murphy’s neurologist – gave Murphy the orange-flavored bottle of Calm/CDB (Cannabidiol infused with natural Florida orange extract). What followed was a round of hugs, smiles, watery…

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State officials: Medical cannabis expansion could add $11.4 million in revenue

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A panel of state economists has estimated a minor expansion in Florida’s fledgling medical marijuana regime could add up to $11.4 million in new tax revenue. The Revenue Estimating Impact Conference met on Tuesday for its annual post-Session hearing, where economists from the Legislature, Governor’s office, and state agencies analyzed the likely fiscal costs and benefits of new laws approved during the 2016 lawmaking period. The highest-profile bill considered by the panel was HB 307, an expansion of the state’s “Right…

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Judge: DOH should not have disqualified Gainesville medical pot applicant

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An administrative court judge said the Department of Heath should not have disqualified an application from a Gainesville nursery vying to be one the state’s medical marijuana dispensing organizations. In a ruling Friday, Judge R. Bruce McKibben said the Department of Health incorrectly disqualified Daniel Banks, the director of research and development for San Felasco Nurseries, for failing a level 2 background check. The application was tossed out because Banks pleaded no contest to possession of phenobarbital in Kansas in…

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Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

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From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

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Investors and growers await Charlotte’s Web ruling

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It’s a waiting game. Transcripts from a two-day hearing on the state’s medicinal marijuana law will be posted Monday. Later this week, briefs on a motion to dismiss the suit blocking implementation of the law authorizing low-THC cannabis as medicine are due in court. It’s been almost 11 months since Gov. Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 but the law allowing epileptic children and cancer patients to use cannabis oil has been tied up in court. “It’s frustrating…

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Email insights: For medical marijuana legalziation, there’s always 2016

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When it comes to legalizing medical marijuana, it may once again rest in the hands of Florida voters. With only days left in the regular 2015 legislative session, a new email from United for Care says legislators are seemingly satisfied with running out the clock on comprehensive medical marijuana laws. The legislative session ends on May 1, though there is likely to be a Special Session to hammer out the state budget. “We had high hopes that our leaders would act…

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Compassionate Use director grilled for three hours on Charlotte’s Web rule

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Patricia Nelson, director of the Florida Office of Compassionate Use, spent most of her Friday morning on the defensive. What kept her busy was justifying the plan to regulate the state’s nascent marijuana industry. For three hours and 10 minutes, attorneys for Baywood Nurseries of Apopka grilled Nelson about licensing requirements to grow marijuana and dispense cannabis oil. They were challenging the proposed rule as unfair, saying it effectively blocks smaller nurseries from qualifying for a license, Baywood sued to…

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