Florida Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

More medical cannabis companies bolster operations in lucrative Florida market following smokable flower ban repeal

A new Florida law repealing a ban on smokable medical marijuana products has given the state’s MMJ market a shot in the arm, prompting large multistate companies to aggressively expand their production, operations and retail footprints. That has injected fresh competition into one of the nation’s fastest-growing medical cannabis markets and loosened the grip of the state’s […]

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Acreage Holdings inks $72 million cannabis real estate deal

Acreage Holdings, a multistate marijuana operator, signed a sale-leaseback deal valued at more than $72 million for cannabis facilities in several states with GreenAcreage Real Estate, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on the MJ space. New York-based Acreage Holdings said on Friday it already closed deals with GreenAcreage for facilities in Florida, […]

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Cannabis giant Trulieve signs $17 million Florida warehouse leaseback deal

Innovative Industrial Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on buying and leasing warehouses in the marijuana space, paid $17 million to Trulieve Cannabis for a five-building cultivation facility in Florida. Trulieve will lease back the 150,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation centers in Quincy, Florida, from IIP. The initial lease is for 10 years, with […]

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Marijuana businesses increasingly plan to sue if regulators fail to award them a business license

Cannabis companies, particularly multistate operators (MSOs), are increasingly incorporating lawsuits into their licensing application strategy in a bid to secure a permit in a highly sought-after market. That strategy of preparing to fight license rejections by state regulators, especially those lost by a narrow margin, is based on a number of factors: Many marijuana business […]

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Buying cannabis licenses on secondary market more of a sure bet than applying for state business permits

As the marijuana industry matures and companies expand, many smaller, original growers and retailers are putting their licenses up for sale through the secondary market – much like selling a house. The growing trend is giving cannabis entrepreneurs a new avenue to secure a valuable business permit versus going through the state application process, which […]

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Marijuana industry veteran Vo leaves CEO job at BioTrackTHC

Patrick Vo exited his job as CEO of BiotrackTHC after resigning from the board of is parent company, Helix TCS. For more than seven years, Vo was an executive at Florida-based BioTrackTHC, a seed-to-sale software provider, most recently serving as CEO and president. Colorado-based Helix TCS acquired BioTrackTHC in June 2018. Helix is involved in […]

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Linton back in cannabis business as chair, investor and adviser

Ousted Canopy Growth co-CEO Bruce Linton is getting back into the marijuana business in a big way, resurfacing as a senior executive, investor and adviser in three separate companies in the U.S. and Canada. Linton is joining Michigan-based Gage Cannabis Co. as executive chair, parent company Wolverine Partners said Tuesday. Gage said in a news […]

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MedMen, Surterra put up $1 million for adult-use marijuana push in Florida

MedMen and Surterra each contributed $545,000 to a campaign to legalize recreational cannabis in Florida. The two cannabis companies are backing Make It Legal Florida, which is seeking to collect the 766,000 signatures needed to put a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. Their contributions, totaling $1.09 million, were first reported by Florida Politics. Surterra, […]

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Florida’s medical cannabis industry has only one truly dominant player

Florida’s medical marijuana market is often described by industry watchers as an oligopoly – dominated by a few vertically integrated operators. But it isn’t. The reality is that the roughly half-billion-dollar market is dominated by one player – Florida-based Trulieve, which is capturing nearly 50% of all sales. No other company comes close. Experts say […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Florida governor asks state Supreme Court to decide cannabis licensing issue

The Florida governor’s office, as expected, asked the state Supreme Court to rule on whether the medical cannabis program’s vertical integration requirement for MMJ businesses is unconstitutional and should be opened up to new licensing opportunities. Lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, filed the appeal with the Florida Supreme Court on Friday, according to […]

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Week in Review: DEA marijuana research, MMJ licensing case heads to FL high court, NV adult-use license ruling & more

The DEA indicates support for expanding cannabis research, a Florida medical marijuana licensing issue is sent to the state’s Supreme Court for potential review, a Nevada judge freezes some permits for new recreational marijuana shops – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. DEA to up cannabis research The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) […]

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