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Baywood scores quick victories in Charlotte’s Web rule battle

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State Sen. Rob Bradley may want to consider performing some CPR on SPB 7066. Many speculated the legislative fix for last year’s Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 was dead when Bradley said it was in a “holding pattern.” The comment came after the Department of Health prevailed in a series of legal challenges blocking its plan to implement the low-THC law. The court victories created “less and less momentum” for a legislative fix, Bradley explained. Well, Thursday morning a…

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Charlotte’s Web challenge dismissed; DOH ordered to respond to last one

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One challenge remains to block planting Florida’s first legal marijuana crop. And the Department of Health has a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday in its effort to defeat it and begin implementing the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. Late Tuesday, Judge W. David Watkins dismissed the challenge filed by Master Growers. The order is here. Watkins ruled that Master Growers lacked standing to sue DOH over a proposed rule to award five licenses authorized by lawmakers to grow marijuana and dispense…

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Charlotte’s Web ‘glitch’ bill pulled from Senate floor

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On Wednesday morning, state Sen. Rob Bradley temporarily postponed Senate consideration of SPB 7066, the legislative fix for the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. Scheduled for a second reading is the measure addressing concerns believed to be driving legal challenges to a proposed rule for the Act. Meanwhile, the state Department of Health faces a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday in its effort to defeat the last remaining challenge to its proposed regulatory structure for the Charlotte’s Web law. “We’re in a…

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Jeff Brandes on higher levels of THC: wait until next year

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Word had been spreading through the Capitol this week the attempt to broaden Florida’s medicinal marijuana law had hit a roadblock. Monday when the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee considered a Right to Try Act, allowing terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs and procedures, no attempt was made to include marijuana in the proposal. The sponsor is Sen. Jeff Brandes, one of the Senate supporters of lifting prohibitions on the use of marijuana as medicine. He explained Tuesday that he…

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Important week ahead for medical marijuana advocates

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Florida is poised to take a significant step in making medicinal cannabis available to people who need it. This week, decisions by lawmakers at the Florida Capitol and an administrative court judge could determine when and how. Frustrated by legal challenges preventing implementation of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, lawmakers are pursuing a legislative fix allowing doctors to treat a select group of patients with low-THC cannabis oil. Patient advocates see SPB 7066, by state Sen. Rob Bradley, as an opportunity…

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The week that was in Florida politics

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At the end of the first week of the 2015 legislative session, the capital city’s newspaper printed an editorial cartoon that compared lobbyists to great white sharks. The cartoon asks which species pose a greater threat to Floridians; paid advocates or jaws. Psychologists tell us we see what we know and what we know influences how we think, which affects what we see. It wouldn’t be fair to say the cartoonist provided insight to his view of the world when…

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Delayed medical marijuana draft rule gets new public hearing

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Don Clifford’s vision is getting closer to becoming a reality. Clifford is leading a group of investors who have put up $7 million to build the world’s largest indoor marijuana cultivation facility.  Monday he was in Tallahassee for a hearing on a proposed rule for Florida’s Charlotte Web law. Regulators and stakeholders have been meeting since August trying to agree to a regulatory structure for the legal cultivation of marijuana and the processing of oil for a medicinal product. “I…

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