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Is the Senate on the right path on medical marijuana?

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The Senate, with the revised version of SB 406, appears to be on what is a fairly balanced means of implementing Amendment 2. Is that my opinion?  Maybe. But, as of yesterday, even the intrepid Ben Pollara sent an email saying (and I quote), “The Senate bill puts Patients First…” while most parties in attendance at the recent committee hearing waived in support. Not all, but most. That’s a far cry from where this was a few short weeks ago.…

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Modern Health Concepts, PalliaTech team up as Florida’s medical pot industry grows

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A South Florida medical marijuana dispensing organization is thinking ahead, entering into a strategic partnership to help plan for future growth. Modern Health Concepts, a South Florida-based medical cannabis provider, announced last week that shareholders successfully formed a strategic partnership with PalliaTech Inc. Created in 2010, the Massachusetts-based company began as a medical device company and was one of the first to develop and patent a medical cannabis vaporizing unit able to deliver a single metered dose to patients. It…

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High risk for Florida doctors who order medical marijuana

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Regardless of how much discretion they get once new regulations shake out, Florida physicians will be the gatekeepers between patients and medical marijuana. It’s a role that very few physicians have embraced. According to the Health Department’s Office of Compassionate Use — the new three-person state agency tasked with administering Florida’s medical marijuana program — 494 Florida doctors are licensed to order medical marijuana as of Jan. 18. As of Monday, 554 physicians and 127 osteopathic physicians have taken the Florida Medical Association’s continuing education course on Compassionate Medical Cannabis,…

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Trulieve to open medical marijuana dispensary in Tampa

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Trulieve is expanding into Tampa. The medical marijuana dispensing organization announced Tuesday it will open its third dispensary Thursday in Tampa. The company currently has dispensaries in Tallahassee and Clearwater. “This is an exciting start to the new year for Trulieve and the patients we serve,” said Kim Rivers, the company’s CEO in a statement. “As the first licensee to be authorized to dispense medical cannabis in Florida, we are pleased to serve an expanding Tampa market. We are also…

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Department of Health begins Amendment 2 rule-making

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More patients might be eligible for medical marijuana under Amendment 2, but a preliminary draft of new rules doesn’t appear to allow for immediate growth in the industry to meet demand. On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health released the preliminary text of proposed rule development. The release comes ahead of five public hearings schedule for early next month, giving Floridians a chance to weigh in on the agency’s rules and regulations governing the state’s medical marijuana program. But the…

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Ray Rodrigues: House bill won’t include tax on medical marijuana

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The Florida House will push to make medical marijuana tax exempt, according the sponsor of the yet-to-be filed bill implementing Amendment 2. While lawmakers are in the early stages of drafting an implementing bill, House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues said the House does not plan to include a tax on medical marijuana in its proposal. The Estero Republican will be sponsoring the House bill during the 2017 Legislative Session. “Obviously our goal is to honor the intent of the constitutional…

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What to know as Amendment 2 goes into effect on Tuesday

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Dr. Joseph Dorn has had a unique vantage point when it comes to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Florida. Dorn was the medical director of Surterra Therapeutics, which is one of the six dispensing organizations licensed to grow and distribute medical cannabis in the state. He resigned from that position two months ago and has opened a medical marijuana treatment center as Amendment 2 takes effect on Tuesday. The constitutional amendment, which was approved by 71 percent of Florida…

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