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DOH to start on rules for medical pot ID cards

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The Florida Department of Health is beginning to develop rules for issuing registration cards for medical marijuana patients. The Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use will hold a rulemaking meeting to establish a system for issuing registration cards for medical marijuana patients and their legal representatives. It is also expected to establish fees to implement the system. Lawmakers amended state law dealing with medical marijuana during the 2016 Legislative Session. State law now allows the Department of Health to establish…

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6th nursery gets Department of Health OK to enter medical marijuana business

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Another nursery could soon be growing and dispensing medical marijuana in Florida. On Monday, the Department of Health notified San Felasco Nurseries that it had been approved as a dispensing organization for the northeast region. The approval, which was first reported by the News Service of Florida, comes a little more than a month after an administrative court judge said the nursery shouldn’t have been disqualified from consideration. According to the letter, the nursery has 10 days to post a…

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Senate panel postpones vote on Surgeon General John Armstrong

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The Senate Ethics and Elections committee has once again postponed a confirmation vote on Surgeon General John Armstrong. The committee was scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing on Tuesday, one week after postponing a confirmation vote on the state’s top health official. Sen. Garrett Richter, the chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, told the panel the vote was being postponed because members still had some unanswered questions. “We continue to get some responses to some questions on (Armstrong)…

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Judge: DOH should not have disqualified Gainesville medical pot applicant

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An administrative court judge said the Department of Heath should not have disqualified an application from a Gainesville nursery vying to be one the state’s medical marijuana dispensing organizations. In a ruling Friday, Judge R. Bruce McKibben said the Department of Health incorrectly disqualified Daniel Banks, the director of research and development for San Felasco Nurseries, for failing a level 2 background check. The application was tossed out because Banks pleaded no contest to possession of phenobarbital in Kansas in…

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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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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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2 health care bills pass final committee, next stop House floor

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Two health care-related bills had final hearings Wednesday, with each passing the House Health & Human Services Committee before heading to the full chamber floor. As reported by LobbyTools, HB 37 seeks to define agreements for services between patients and health providers, cutting out insurers. That bill unanimously passed after two amendments added by Rep. Fred Costello, the Ormond Beach Republican sponsoring the bill. One change will shorten advance written notice to terminate an agreement from 60 to 30 days. The other…

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