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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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Hillsborough commissioners approve six-month moratorium on medical pot dispensaries

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The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a 180-day moratorium on permitting new medical marijuana dispensing facilities. The move comes 34 days before Floridians go to the polls to decide whether medical marijuana should be legal in the state. County Attorney Chip Fletcher said the moratorium will allow county staff to develop rules regarding parking, zoning, and other location criteria regarding construction of such facilities in the county. He also said his staff would be able to explore the parameters of what…

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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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Surterra Therapeutics gets OK to start dispensing medical marijuana

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Florida’s Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana. On Wednesday the agency notified Surterra Therapeutics that it has been approved for processing and dispensing low-THC cannabis. Surterra is the dispensing partner for the Homestead-based Alpha Foliage, which was granted the license for the Southwest Florida region. Spokeswoman Monica Russell says Surterra expects to begin in-home state delivery within a week. Its first dispensary facility will be in Tampa and is expected to open next month.…

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Surterra moves forward with plans to cultivate, dispense medical marijuana

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Susan Driscoll understands why Floridians are upset. It has been years since the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law, but progress has been slow going. There have been lawsuits and administrative challenges; lawmakers have complained about the implementation; and patients still can’t get the medicine they need.  “It’s frustrating,” said Driscoll, president of Surterra Therapeutics and managing director of Alpha Foliage. “We really want to get this to the patients as quickly as possible.” Alpha Surterra was chosen…

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