Florida Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Casino Mogul Pumps $1.5M Into Fighting Florida MMJ Bid

Nevada casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is easily the biggest backer of Drug Free Florida, the campaign fighting a medical marijuana ballot measure that voters will weigh in on this November. He previously donated $2.5 million to Drug Free and upped that with another $1.5 million contribution on Sept. 25, according to state records. That means Adelson, […]

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Dueling MMJ Ad Campaigns Hit Florida Airwaves

Absentee ballots have just started to hit Florida mailboxes, and it’s no coincidence that a flood of campaign ads both for and against the state’s medical marijuana ballot measure began airing on Monday. People United for Medical Marijuana, which is backing Amendment 2, and Drug Free Florida – which is opposing the initiative – both […]

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Big Money Flowing Into Marijuana Ballot Measures From Businesses, Cannabis Execs

By John Schroyer Companies and investors have been throwing big bucks at the American political system for generations, pumping money into initiatives that will help their business prospects. But this hasn’t been the case when it comes to cannabis, where businesses have largely steered clear of providing financial support to legalization campaigns for one reason […]

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Lawsuit Filed Over Florida MMJ Lottery Plan

Should states rely on chance to decide who gets to produce medical cannabis? A Florida company thinks not. Costa Farms, one of the largest farming operations in the state, has sued the Florida Department of Health over its plans to use a lottery system to determine which companies get licenses to manufacture high-CBD medical marijuana […]

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Florida MMJ Opponents Buy $1.6M in TV Ads

Opponents of the push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida recently announced a $1.6 million TV ad buy in the hopes of sinking MMJ at the polls. The move is just the latest salvo in what promises to be a heated campaign between Drug Free Florida – which bankrolled the anti-cannabis ads – and United […]

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Poll Shows Increasing Support for Florida’s Amendment 2

New polling using the specific wording of Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure shows increasing support among registered voters. While a survey conducted in the summer by Quinnipiac University indicated nearly 90% of likely voters are supportive of medical marijuana, a recentpoll conducted by Gravis Marketing shows about 64% of registered voters said they would cast […]

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Advocate: Paraphernalia Sales Legal Under Florida MMJ Bill

Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure will create an overlooked business opportunity: paraphernalia sales. Currently, it’s illegal in Florida to sell pipes for smoking marijuana. But Amendment 2 – the measure to legalize MMJ – would approve the use of “related supplies,” in effect overturning the state’s “bong ban,” according to a key advocate. While much […]

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Cannabis Campaigns in Oregon, Florida Bringing Out Big Guns as November Elections Near

By John Schroyer Legalization campaigns are ramping up in the key cannabis battleground states of Oregon and Florida, where marijuana supporters are about to bring out the big guns. In Oregon, organizers behind an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana announced a $2.3 million advertising purchase, which could be a record-setting amount for any pro-marijuana campaign in […]

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Florida Doctor Group Comes Out Strongly Against MMJ

A powerful physician lobbyist group in Florida has announced strong opposition to Amendment 2, the proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. In a prepared statement, Florida Medical Association President Alan Pillersdorf said the amendment will have numerous unintended consequences that are serious enough to cause the group to announce its opposition. The […]

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Week in Review: Report on CO Rec + Dispensaries Welcome in FL & Lessons From Lawsuit

By Chris Walsh A prominent think tank lends support to Colorado’s recreational cannabis industry, potential dispensary owners in Florida get some good news and a lawsuit underscores business risks tied to the stigma surrounding marijuana. Here’s a closer look at several notable business-related developments in the cannabis industry over the past week:

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