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Medical Marijuana Initiative

  1. House and Senate advance medical pot bills but no compromise in sight


    Florida lawmakers are moving full steam ahead to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, but there is still no sign of a compromise between competing House and Senate plans.

    Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, is the House member charged with reaching a medical marijuana compromise with the Florida Senate.
  2. Five months after medical pot's big ballot win, anti-drug group helps decide drug's fate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — An anti-drug group opposed to medical marijuana is helping craft Florida laws on pot's expanded use — a cause its founders tried and failed to defeat during last year's elections.

    Vials of medical marijuana oil. [Monica Herndon | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Other states have done it. So why is Florida grappling with legalizing medical marijuana?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — When voters made California the first state to allow medical marijuana in 1996, the rules were so lax, anyone with a doctor's recommendation could grow their own cannabis.

    Nikolas Michaud lights a joint at the High Sobriety rehab clinic in Los Angeles. A small but growing number of pain doctors and addiction specialists are overseeing the use of marijuana as a substitute for more potent and dangerous drugs. But while smoking the drug for medical purposes is legal in California, Florida lawmakers say they won’t allow it here.
  4. Senate clears medical marijuana bill, expanding grower licenses


    State senators on Monday gave their first approval to a major overhaul of their medical marijuana legislation.

    Vials of medical marijuana oil.
  5. Future of medical pot in Florida still cloudy after Senate discussion


    TALLAHASSEE — What began as a decisive instruction from voters that patients who need medical marijuana should have access to it is shaping up to be a complex and contentious fight in the Florida Capitol.

     Some of the medical marijuana products on display in the “Garden” at Surterra Wellness Center, 2558 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, on Feb. 27. Surterra Holdings is one of seven companies in Florida licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana products in the state.
  6. Senators poised for first major medical marijuana hearing


    Florida's new medical marijuana market will start to take shape today as a panel of senators workshops five proposals to put the voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the drug into place.

    Medical marijuana
  7. Lobbyist muscle will be major force in medical marijuana fight


    Last week, hundreds of hopeful patients, caregivers and business interests filled meeting rooms across the state to tell health officials how they want Florida’s medical marijuana program to go into effect after 71 percent of voters approved it.

    A House committee room is standing-room-only as lobbyists pack in for a public hearing on medical cannabis. The room was so packed, staff in the sergeant-at-arms' office had to block entrance to latecomers.