Today is the first day of a new era in state politics. It’s already being referred to the “Green Rush” and it refers to Florida’s embrace of medicinal marijuana.
Already the state has plans to hand out five licenses for operations that will grow and dispense a type of marijuana that supporters say will note get users high but will help patients such as children who have severe form of epilepsy.
And that is only the beginning.
The Amendment 2 initiative would legalize medical marijuana on a much more massive scale. In fact, critics of Amendment 2 say passage of the initiative would all but legalize pot in the Sunshine State.
These are just two of the issues which will be covered by Politics of Pot, a new media site offering the latest news, information and opinion about Florida’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.
Some of the other questions PoP will attempt to answer include:
1. What is the size of the market for Charlotte’s Web now and how much does the market expand if Amendment 2 passes?
2. Will Amendment 2 pass? If Amendment 2 passes and Charlie Crist is elected, will the Legislature call a special session to address Amendment 2 while Rick Scott is still Governor?
3. Will the Legislature limit to five the number of licensed dispensaries if Amendment 2 passes?
4. Will licensees be able to sell statewide or will they be limited to selling within regions? If they’re limited to regions and there is no competition within each region, how will prices be established?
5. Will Congress formalize a hands off approach to the legalization within the states? It’s already passed the House and speculation is that it will pass the Senate if Republicans take control in November.
6. How will the practical problems surrounding dispensaries be resolved in Florida? How will Florida get the plant stock to grow marijuana since it can’t legally be transported across state borders? Where will cash deposits from sales be held since banks are eschewing helping this industry? How will the state monitor the quality of medical marijuana? Will the current prohibition against smoking marijuana be lifted if Amendment 2 passes?
7. Will the Florida model eventually become one that the rest of the states follow?
8. Can Florida really meet its ambitious timetable of dispensing Charlotte’s Web? How is it possible to get licensed and get a product to market by January 1, 2015?
9. Who will emerge as the lead lobbyists and trade organizations for the marijuana industry?
10. Is legalization for recreational use inevitable in Florida? How is that playing out in Colorado and Washington State?
Veteran reporter James Call will be directing much of PoP’s coverage, with the rest of the Extensive Enterprises Media team backing him up. Politics of Pot will also publish other leading voices from all sides of the medical marijuana debate.
Click here to visit PoliticsofPot.com or follow the site on Twitter @Politics_of_Pot.
We are very proud to be launching this exciting endeavor.