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Florida Medical Marijuana News

Medical cannabis firm sues Florida over licensing delays

A lawsuit has been filed in Florida alleging state officials are “unconstitutionally dragging their feet” on issuing more medical marijuana business permits for the highly competitive program. A nursery that lost out in an early round of MMJ license applications and an epilepsy patient filed the suit in Miami-Dade County, arguing that the state health department […]

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Florida’s medical marijuana program enlists help for patient ID card production

In an effort to get medical marijuana into consumer hands quicker, Florida’s health department has awarded a third-party contract to produce the state’s MMJ identification cards. State regulators have fallen behind because of a flood of MMJ registrations over the past eight months. The $7.9 million contract went to Jacksonville-based Veritec Solutions, a subsidiary of […]

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New U.S. medical marijuana markets – one year later

If it was a big year for recreational marijuana in 2016, then it was a huge one for medical marijuana.

Voters or state legislatures in 11 states – Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – approved or advanced medical cannabis measures.

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Florida MMJ businesses can only watch as 50K try to join lagging program

More than 50,000 patients have attempted to register for medical cannabis ID cards in Florida, but it appears many are being forced to wait months before receiving those cards. According to WFLA, a total of 50,284 patients have submitted registration forms, but only 29,778 cards have been issued so far. And a number of patients […]

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Chart: Medical marijuana patient counts surging in Florida

Despite a shaky rollout, Florida’s full-fledged medical marijuana industry is off to an explosive start. More than 30,000 patients have enrolled in the MMJ program since June – a 183% increase – and total patient counts will soon eclipse 50,000. Here’s what you need to know about the situation: Seventy-one percent of Florida voters approved […]

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FDA sends another round of warnings to CBD producers

Federal drug authorities have sent another round of warning letters to CBD producers about making health claims. The recipients include CW Hemp, the Colorado Springs, Colorado, company that supplies the popular Charlotte’s Web medicine for intractable epilepsy. The Food and Drug Administration sent four warning letters Wednesday to two Colorado companies – CW Hemp and Pueblo-based That’s Natural! […]

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University to study medical cannabis as opioid alternative

On the same day that President Donald Trump labeled opioid-related deaths a “national health emergency,” word spread that the University of Florida Health will study the medical benefits of cannabis as a possible alternative to the narcotic. The school’s doctors will also study MMJ’s benefits for HIV patients. The five-year study is being funded by a […]

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Florida lawmakers angry over medical cannabis licensing delay

Florida’s top medical marijuana regulator was “scolded” by state lawmakers on Tuesday after his office missed a mandated deadline to issue more MMJ business licenses. Christian Bax, the executive director of the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, received a tongue-lashing from state senators who are frustrated the state hadn’t issued another 10 MMJ business permits […]

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Chart: 42% of marijuana business owners plan to expand into new markets

By Eli McVey Over 40% of cannabis business owners are planning to take their companies into a new market within the next year, according to a Marijuana Business Daily survey. Of the business owners intending to expand, the vast majority have identified opportunities in both the medical and recreational markets.

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Medical marijuana company wants Florida to jump-start edibles sales

A medical marijuana company in Florida wants the state to speed up the process that would allow MMJ businesses to process and sell edibles. Surterra Florida – which is based in Atlanta but possesses MMJ business licenses in Florida – is “demanding” that state regulators begin making rules for a new law that would implement the […]

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Florida will delay awarding five new medical cannabis licenses

Florida’s medical marijuana regulators will miss their deadline to award five more MMJ business licenses. A statute passed in June required the state’s MMJ regulators to issue five new medical marijuana licenses by Aug. 3 and five more by Oct. 3. The first five were awarded on time, but the others will be delayed for […]

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Florida struggling to keep pace with MMJ patient registrations

Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use is dealing with a major patient backlog which some stakeholders say is forcing patients to wait longer than the mandated 30 days to receive their MMJ cards. According to broadcaster WEAR-TV and the Miami Herald, the state health department is being “flooded” with MMJ registration applications, up to 3,000 […]

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