Florida marijuana

MedMen taking Miami Beach to court over cannabis dispensary regulations

Multistate marijuana operator MedMen is suing Miami Beach, Florida, claiming a local regulation – which requires medical cannabis dispensaries be at least 1,200 feet from each other – violates state law. According to the Miami Herald, MedMen is charging the city’s zoning ordinance would limit the number of dispensaries in Miami Beach to seven – which […]

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Florida Democrats want to create state bank to help medical marijuana companies

The same Florida politician who saw two of her bank accounts closed this year after voicing support for medical cannabis is now spearheading a Democratic push for a state-run bank to service the medical marijuana industry. Nikki Fried, who is running for Florida agriculture commissioner in the upcoming election, said both account shutdowns were related to […]

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Seattle-based GRN Funds to provide cannabis banking solutions in Florida

It looks as if Florida’s medical marijuana businesses may soon have a new banking option. Seattle-based GRN Funds is planning to provide banking services starting Aug. 16 to the Sunshine State’s medical marijuana treatment centers and ancillary marijuana businesses that successfully complete its application process, the investment bank’s CEO, Justin Costello, told Marijuana Business Daily. […]

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Week in Review: Florida cannabis lawsuits, NJ license expansions & Big Booze supports MJ legalization

Florida opts to add four more medical marijuana businesses, New Jersey doubles the number of its vertically integrated MMJ licenses, and cannabis legalization gets some support from Big Alcohol. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. The Lawsuit State News that the Florida health department will issue four […]

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Lawsuit aims to open up Florida’s medical cannabis business licensing

A new lawsuit aims to turn Florida’s medical marijuana program – possibly one of the most profitable MMJ markets in the United States – into a more free-market system. According to the Miami New Times, the suit – filed by the Patients and Producers Alliance – is attempting to force Florida’s health department to issue far […]

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Home delivery a big sales driver for Florida medical marijuana companies

Florida medical cannabis producers are seeing increased sales thanks to their ability to deliver products to customers at home. Some companies report that up to 50% of their sales stems from home deliveries, according to the Fort Myers News-Press. Florida has 28 operational MMJ dispensaries in the state as of this week, the newspaper reported. […]

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Trial date set for smokable medical marijuana in Florida

A hearing on Florida’s ban on smokable forms of medical cannabis will be heard by a circuit court judge in May. Leon County Judge Karen Gievers will hold a nonjury trial on May 16 to determine if the ban violates the 2016 state constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana. People United for Medical Marijuana, which […]

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Florida recreational marijuana legalization groups say they won’t make 2018 ballot

It looks as if Florida’s bid to legalize recreational cannabis will have to wait until at least 2020. Two separate campaigns trying to gather the requisite 766,000 voter signatures to place initiatives on the November 2018 ballot told the Naples Daily News that they won’t make the threshold. And that means there almost certainly won’t be […]

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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 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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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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