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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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Charlotte’s Web challenge dismissed; DOH ordered to respond to last one

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One challenge remains to block planting Florida’s first legal marijuana crop. And the Department of Health has a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday in its effort to defeat it and begin implementing the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. Late Tuesday, Judge W. David Watkins dismissed the challenge filed by Master Growers. The order is here. Watkins ruled that Master Growers lacked standing to sue DOH over a proposed rule to award five licenses authorized by lawmakers to grow marijuana and dispense…

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Charlotte’s Web ‘glitch’ bill pulled from Senate floor

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On Wednesday morning, state Sen. Rob Bradley temporarily postponed Senate consideration of SPB 7066, the legislative fix for the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. Scheduled for a second reading is the measure addressing concerns believed to be driving legal challenges to a proposed rule for the Act. Meanwhile, the state Department of Health faces a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday in its effort to defeat the last remaining challenge to its proposed regulatory structure for the Charlotte’s Web law. “We’re in a…

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Changes to Charlotte’s Web law stalling in Senate

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The Florida Senate Wednesday is expected to consider a medicinal marijuana bill but it appears efforts to allow higher-levels of THC in cannabis medicine in Florida have stalled. “We’re in a holding pattern,” said Rob Bradley, the sponsor of a glitch bill for last year’s Charlotte’s Web law. SPB 7066 makes several changes to last year’s Compassionate Medicinal Cannabis Act of 2014. The low-THC law has been plagued with legal challenges blocking the sell of cannabis oil to treat seizures…

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Important week ahead for medical marijuana advocates

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Florida is poised to take a significant step in making medicinal cannabis available to people who need it. This week, decisions by lawmakers at the Florida Capitol and an administrative court judge could determine when and how. Frustrated by legal challenges preventing implementation of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, lawmakers are pursuing a legislative fix allowing doctors to treat a select group of patients with low-THC cannabis oil. Patient advocates see SPB 7066, by state Sen. Rob Bradley, as an opportunity…

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Matt Gaetz makes move on medical marijuana

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Lawmakers are blazing at least three trails in an attempt to make medical marijuana available in Florida. The latest effort comes Wednesday when state Rep. Matt Gaetz will try to amend HB 269, the Right to Try Act, to allow terminally ill patients to use marijuana under certain conditions. The measure filed by state Rep. Ray Pilon establishes the framework to enable doctors to use investigational drugs, biological products or devices to treat patients expected to die within a year of…

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Judge orders Medical Cannabis Trade Association to disclose membership

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The Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida is considering whether to withdraw its challenge to a proposed rule of the Charlotte’s Web law. Judge W. David Watkins ordered the association on Monday to divulge its membership when he granted a motion to compel filed by the Department of Health. DOH attorney Eduardo Lombard argued during a telephone hearing that the Department and the court needed to know the association’s membership in order to determine whether MCTA had standing to block…

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