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Knox Medical to begin dispensing medical marijuana this week

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Knox Medical will soon begin dispensing medical marijuana to qualified patients. The company announced Tuesday it recently received approval from the Florida Department of Health to begin dispensing low-THC and medical cannabis this week. The company is set to begin initial deliveries to qualified patients Friday. Knox Medical is one of six organizations in the state approved to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. The Orange County organization received the highest score out of all the nurseries…

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Florida Legislature sends medical marijuana expansion bill to Gov. Rick Scott

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A bill expanding medical marijuana in Florida has been sent to Gov. Rick Scott. The Florida Legislature sent the bill (HB 307) to Scott on Thursday. The governor has until March 25 to act on the measure. The proposal — sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, and Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican — allows eligible patients, defined as someone with one year left to live, to purchase medical marijuana from dispensing organization. Under the…

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San Felasco tees up first protest over medical marijuana

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San Felasco Nurseries is filing what is thought to be the first protest over the state’s licensing process for growers of medical marijuana, according to documents obtained Friday by FloridaPolitics.com. The 41-year-old nursery, based in Gainesville, is challenging its rejection in favor of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm for the state’s northeast region. In its petition to the Florida Department of Health, the nursery says it was the highest-ranked applicant to grow and process medicinal pot in the region, but that a bureaucratic bungle…

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Bill Day’s latest: Charlotte’s Web and the political snake pit

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To bring much-needed pain relief to Floridians who suffer from a variety of ailments, medical marijuana supporters must first navigate a “snake pit” of state politics, according to today’s Bill Day editorial cartoon. Hopefully, Florida citizens will not be the ones to get bit. The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, signed by Gov. Rick Scott last June, calls for the creation of a state framework to provide medically needy patients with a strain of marijuana – known as Charlotte’s Web. Extract…

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