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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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Ethics Commission considers David Rivera case

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The Florida Commission on Ethics will consider the recommendation of a judge on a case over former state legislator and US. Rep. David Rivera, who was ordered to pay nearly $58,000 in fines and restitution for questionable travel reimbursements and financial disclosures. The commission hearing is set for April 17, according to its newly released agenda. Last month, Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins recommended that Rivera pay $16,500 in fines and approximately $41,322 in restitution, as well as face censure and…

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Mysterious medical cannabis group says they only seek ‘properly regulated’ Charlotte’s Web

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Friday marked the seventh day of existence for the Medical Cannabis Trade Association. The association of nurseries is challenging a proposed rule for a medicinal marijuana law approved in 2014. When the group filed its lawsuit Tuesday no one around the Capitol seemed to know anything about the MCTA. The association formed as a Delaware corporation Friday, March 20, organized to conduct business in Florida the following Monday and filed a challenged the next day saying that the Department of Health’s proposed regulations are vague, fail…

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Matt Gaetz has a special layer of hell for Charlotte’s Web challengers

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Florida’s Charlotte’s Web law is back before the judge who in November invalidated the previous rule for the growing of marijuana and the processing of oil from the plant. Judge W. David Watkins will decide the challenge against the latest proposed regulations filed by the Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida. He has until April 23 to set a hearing date. The MCTA is a Delaware LLC with a Fort Lauderdale attorney and a Tallahassee representative. It alleges the proposed…

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