Florida Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Industry officials encouraged as Florida’s medical cannabis law takes shape

Omar Sacirbey  | March 23, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

After months of uncertainty, Florida’s new medical marijuana program is starting to come together and industry officials believe the number of MMJ business licenses will be expanded beyond the seven companies currently licensed under the state’s CBD-focused program.

Florida medical cannabis bills make for hazy business climate

John Schroyer  | March 13, 2017

Medical marijuana isn’t shaping up to be the big business opportunity in Florida many cannabis executives were hoping for.

Although medical marijuana was approved overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November, the shape of the MMJ industry is still very much in question. And state lawmakers don’t appear to be moving toward any kind …

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

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 …