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Florida Chamber, other diverse intersts want immigration reform, now

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops joined with human rights activists and academics Wednesday to call for congressional action on immigration reform. The Tallahassee news conference was part of national Day of Action with proponents scheduling news conferences in 60 congressional districts. The effort included the release of a poll indicating an overwhelming majority of respondents want Congress to resolve America’s immigration problem with a solution involving a path to legal residency for the undocumented immigrants…

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Florida For Care forms to guide implementation of Amendment 2

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Editor’s note: The following is cross-posted from Politics of Pot.com. Amendment 2 supporters are preparing for the rule-making process in anticipation that Florida voters will approve the use of the marijuana plant to treat sick people. A former Florida House Speaker and a former senate leader will lead a blue ribbon commission that will research medicinal marijuana issues and serve as an information resource for policymakers if Amendment 2 passes in November. Former Speaker Jon Mills, who successfully defended the…

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Charlotte’s Web workshop reveals web of complex regulatory issues

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Florida’s new medical marijuana law drew a standing room audience of investors, lobbyists and growers of around 200 to a Tallahassee conference room.  The Department of Health released a proposed set of regulations last week which was up for discussion Monday during the first public workshop on implementing SB 1030. “I expect these ideas will be discussed and massaged over the coming months but I don’t expect any delays in issuing licenses so that sick Floridians can get access to medical care,…

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First workshop on Charlotte’s Web draws mix of growers, lobbyists, business interests

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Editor’s note: The following is cross-posted from Politics of Pot. About 200 lobbyists, investors and patient advocates today filled a Tallahassee conference room to begin hammering out how Florida will implement a medicinal marijuana law passed by the Legislature in April. The National Cannabis Industry Association estimates medical marijuana will be a $785 million industry in Florida. The Department of Health’s (DOH) first workshop on regulations for SB 1030 enticed Roy Davis, a Hillsborough County grower, to travel to Tallahassee and…

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First workshop on Charlotte’s Web implementation set for Monday

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The Department of Health has until Jan. 1 to implement regulations governing the use and manufacture of the Charlotte’s Web strain of marijuana. The measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, SB 1030, allows doctors to treat patients with a cannabis extract for a specific set of ailments starting on the first day of 2015. Monday, DOH will hold a daylong workshop to decide how the marijuana will be grown, processed and administered to patients. A 16-page draft of the rules was released…

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The “Green Rush” begins as Dept. of Health releases draft rules for Charlotte’s Web

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Now that medical marijuana is legal in Florida officials now must decide how to regulate it. The process begins Monday in Tallahassee when the Department of Health holds a day-long workshop on implementing SB 1030, which authorizes prescriptions for low-THC cannabis for a specific set of patients. Regulations for the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act or Charlotte’s Web law are of interest to many because it authorizes five dispensaries, one for each region of the state. The licenses for those dispensaries could be…

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