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Strike-all filed for Charlotte’s Web glitch bill

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The Florida Senate appears ready to move on a “glitch” bill for the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. The chamber is also preparing to consider increasing the allowable level of THC in medicinal marijuana. State Sen. Rob Bradley filed a strike all amendment Monday to increase THC limits to 15 percent, up from the current allowable 0.8 percent. Bradley, who sponsored last year’s Act, says his top priority for this year’s session is breaking the legal logjam preventing its implementation.…

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Baywood scores quick victories in Charlotte’s Web rule battle

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State Sen. Rob Bradley may want to consider performing some CPR on SPB 7066. Many speculated the legislative fix for last year’s Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 was dead when Bradley said it was in a “holding pattern.” The comment came after the Department of Health prevailed in a series of legal challenges blocking its plan to implement the low-THC law. The court victories created “less and less momentum” for a legislative fix, Bradley explained. Well, Thursday morning a…

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Jeff Brandes on higher levels of THC: wait until next year

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Word had been spreading through the Capitol this week the attempt to broaden Florida’s medicinal marijuana law had hit a roadblock. Monday when the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee considered a Right to Try Act, allowing terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs and procedures, no attempt was made to include marijuana in the proposal. The sponsor is Sen. Jeff Brandes, one of the Senate supporters of lifting prohibitions on the use of marijuana as medicine. He explained Tuesday that he…

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Will 1030 or 7066 put medicinal marijuana in the ground?

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Growers, investors, and patient advocates are reading state Rep. Matt Gaetz’s words on medicinal marijuana as if they were ancient tasseographers reading tea leaves. They are trying to discern whether medicinal marijuana will become available under SB 1030, approved in 2014, or SPB 7066, which is moving through the Florida Senate. “What are they doing in Tallahassee? Where are we going with this?” asked Kerry Herndon, a Central Florida grower interested in one of the licenses authorizing the cultivation of medicinal…

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Senate Rules committee approves Charlotte’s Web fix

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Licenses to grow and dispense medicinal cannabis under last year’s “Charlotte’s Web” law may be coming soon. The Department of Health would award licenses for medicinal marijuana 75 days after a Charlotte’s Web glitch bill becomes law, according to SPB 7066, a proposal approved Thursday by the Senate Rules Committee. Rules had been SPB 7066’s last scheduled committee stop. “The purpose of this bill is straightforward and simple,” said sponsor state Sen. Rob Bradley. “It is to fulfill a promise…

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Five minutes with Jeff Brandes on the Charlotte’s Web ‘glitch’ bill

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes sees an opportunity to expand the low-THC Charlotte’s Web glitch bill now moving through the Legislature. SPB 7066, up in the Rules Committee Thursday, increases the number of licenses to cultivate medicinal marijuana but restricts the illnesses treated and strains of marijuana doctors are authorized to order for their patients. Brandes sponsored SB 528, which would leave many of the decisions about the strain of marijuana to use, when to use it and how to use…

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