Florida Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

High-end cannabis pipe maker sues to defend trademark

Omar Sacirbey  | January 23, 2017

Roor, one of the best-known names in cannabis smoking utensils, has filed almost 200 lawsuits since 2013 to protect its trademark against smoke shop and convenience store owners in California, Florida and New York for allegedly selling counterfeit products bearing the company’s name.

The German company and its American licensee, Sream of Corona, …

Week in Review: Florida’s restrictive plan, slow returns in NH & Pennsylvania app processs

John Schroyer  | January 20, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Florida’s draft medical marijuana rules would bar new entrants, New Hampshire dispensaries have a ways to go before breaking even, and Pennsylvania releases MMJ business applications.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Proposed Florida MMJ rules would prevent new entrants

Bart Schaneman  | January 18, 2017

Maybe there won’t be many business opportunities in Florida’s new medical cannabis industry after all.

State health officials have proposed rules that would give the seven companies currently licensed under Florida’s CBD-focused program entire control of the larger medical marijuana market.

The draft regulations would, in effect, close off the state’s MMJ industry to new growers and …

FL regulator gives patients, doctors OK to buy medical cannabis

Roger Fillion  | January 13, 2017

A top Florida cannabis regulator said people who qualify for medical marijuana can begin buying the drug within 90 days, months before the state even implements rules governing the new MMJ program.

The timing of the start of MMJ sales – and whether they could occur before the rollout of the medical cannabis regulations …

Florida awards seventh CBD license

Bart Schaneman  | December 27, 2016

Florida will award a business permit under its CBD-focused program to a company that challenged the state’s initial licensing decisions after barely losing out to a competitor.

The development moves Florida closer to settling more than a dozen administrative challenges lodged by companies that didn’t win one of five licenses to grow and sell …

New Market: Florida’s big MMJ program could be limited by lack of licenses

Bart Schaneman  | December 21, 2016

By Bart Schaneman

Florida’s new medical marijuana market is poised to become one of the largest in the nation, yet a limited number of available MMJ business licenses could hinder the program's growth.

Seventy-one percent of Florida voters last month approved Amendment 2 to legalize a much broader MMJ program in the nation's fourth most populous state.

Cannabis research gets almost $20 million in funding

Omar Sacirbey  | December 8, 2016

Proponents of scientific research in the cannabis industry got encouraging news with recent announcements that two major universities received nearly $20 million in donations for marijuana-related studies.

The University of Miami’s Project to Cure Paralysis and Miller School of Medicine received a $16 million grant from Scythian Bioscience in October to research whether a CBD-based pill …

Florida medical cannabis industry rollout likely to be slow

John Schroyer  | December 2, 2016

Even though medical marijuana passed by a historic margin in Florida last month, that doesn’t mean state legislators are going to rush to implement the new law. Rather, it will likely be the opposite, with lawmakers dragging their feet.

A whopping 6 million voters supported legalizing MMJ at the ballot box, but establishing …

Chart: Sales projections for states that legalized cannabis on Election Day vs. 2016 industry estimates

Eli McVey  | November 21, 2016

By Eli McVey

States that passed marijuana measures earlier this month eventually could generate more in annual retail MJ sales than the entire U.S. cannabis industry is expected to this year.

Though these new markets will take time to develop, they present tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on the results of the election.