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Nursery challenges denial of marijuana license

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A Homestead-based nursery is challenging a decision by state health officials to deny the grower a medical marijuana license. The Florida Department of Health last month rejected a request by Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms, which sought a license under a law approved this year.

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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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A rundown of the real winners and losers from Florida’s general election

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Yesterday’s slate of general elections in Florida certainly provided a list of winners and losers, and I’m not just talking about the candidates. Here is my list of the real winners and losers coming out of Tuesday. Winners Rick Scott — The Naples Republican was an early backer of the president-elect, comparing Trump’s rise to his own 2010 gubernatorial run and even penning an op-ed way back in January that Trump captured “the frustration of many Americans.” No doubt he’s taking notes for his own rumored 2018…

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Republican committees post 6-figure hauls in first days of 2016

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Lawmakers could only raise money for the first 11 days of the year, but that didn’t stop some of the top Republicans in Legislature the posting six-figure hauls to start the year. Campaign and committee finance reports aren’t due until Wednesday, though Sen. Bill Galvano’s political committee, Innovate Florida, leads early filers after posting $216,000 raised in January. That haul came across in just 31 contributions, including three checks for $25,000 from the Florida Medical Association PAC, optometry group OD-EYEPAC,…

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Nursery files lawsuit to continue cultivation of marijuana

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An Alachua County nursery filed a lawsuit Wednesday to prevent any delays in the cultivation and dispensing of medical marijuana in northeast Florida. Chestnut Hill Tree Farm was one of five businesses granted a license last November by the Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use to grow and dispense low-THC strains of marijuana. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Leon County Circuit Court. Two organizations that did not win the license for the northeast Florida have filed challenges with…

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With burst of activity, Jack Latvala committee brings in $250K in August

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The committee supporting Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala’s bid for the Florida Senate presidency brought in more than $250,000 in contributions following an explosion of activity in the closing week of August. More than $200,000 of the $251,659 raised by the Florida Leadership Committee came through in the final seven days of the month. The flurry of donations includes $20,000 from the Florida Retail Federation and $10,000 checks from the Associated Industries of Florida, ABC Liquor, Dosal Tobacco, Costa Farms…

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Southern Strategy Group already at more than $7 million in 2015 lobbying fees

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As Southern Strategy Group grows its empire around the country, it continued to post gaudy lobbying figures in Tallahassee: The firm collected an estimated $3.1 million in consulting fees last quarter, according to a compensation report submitted Friday. SSG took in some $2.3 million from 241 legislative lobbying clients and reported $800,000 in fees from 242 executive branch contracts. The highest-paying contracts during the period between the April 1-June 30 were with Miami-based nursery and Charlotte’s Web license hopeful Costa…

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