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Florida: Governor Vetoes Funding Effort For Medical Cannabis Research

Governor Rick Scott vetoed legislation that sought to provide some $ 3 million in medical cannabis research. The monies were earmarked for the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida. The Governor said that he believed that no additional taxpayer funds were necessary to fund state-sponsored cannabis research.  National Organization for the Reform of … Continue reading »

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Florida: Don’t Gut Amendment 2

Update: Members of the Florida Senate Committee on Criminal Justice are scheduled to hear SB 1662 on April 17. On November 8th, more than 71 percent of Florida voters decided in favor of the constitutional amendment, Amendment 2, to allow for the licensed production, use, and dispensing of medical cannabis to patients with a doctor’s … Continue reading »

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Florida: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure introduced

Legislation is pending in the Senate, SB 1662, to amend marijuana penalties so that the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis (28.5 grams) is no longer a criminal offense. Senate Bill 1662 reclassifies minor marijuana offenses for those age 18 and older to a civil offense, punishable by a fine only — no … Continue reading »

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Florida Department Of Health Seeks Changes To Amendment Two and NORML Responds

More than 70 percent of Floridians voted on Election Day in favor of Amendment 2 to regulate patients’ access to medical marijuana. However, newly proposed rules by the Department of Health seek to significantly amend this measure in a manner that undermines the law’s intent and is contrary to patients’ needs. This week, town hall … Continue reading »

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Florida: Oppose Bill To Impose Presumptive THC Impairment Standards

HB 237 seeks to prohibit individuals from operating a motor vehicle if they have 5 or more nanograms of THC per milliliter in their blood. NORML opposes this proposal. The presence of low levels of THC in blood is an inappropriate and inconsistent indicator of psychomotor impairment. No less than the United States Traffic Highway Safety … Continue reading »

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Florida: Unscientific Per Se Measure Dies In Committee

Legislation to impose ‘per se’ criminal penalties to individuals who drive a motor vehicle with trace levels (5ng/ml or higher) of THC in their blood — regardless of whether he/she is behaviorally impaired, has died in committee this legislative session.  NORML opposes the imposition of this type of per se traffic safety legislation for cannabinoids … Continue reading »

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NORML Sues Over Missing Ballot Item in Florida

The Florida’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has filed a civil lawsuit against the Broward County Commissioner of Elections, after media and news reports revealed that mail in ballots have been sent to voters omitting the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment. The claim was just filed by NORML’s … Continue reading »

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Florida: Lawmakers Fail To Act On Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Legislation to depenalize marijuana possession offenses was never acted on this legislative session.  House Bill 4021 would have removed cannabis from the Florida state schedule of controlled substances and removed all state criminal and civil penalties associated with the substance. “We have a lot of people in prison for drug charges and non-violent charges, and I … Continue reading »

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Florida: Legislation To Expand Medical Marijuana Access Tabled

Legislation that sought to repeal Florida’s unduly restrictive 2014 Compassionate Use Act and replace it with a more expansive medical marijuana law was not heard by lawmakers this legislative session. Senate bill 852, the “Florida Medical Marijuana Act,” would have permitted patients with either a specified medical condition or a specified symptom to use medical marijuana … Continue reading »

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Florida: Lawmakers Table Hemp Measures

House and Senate legislation, HB 271 and SB 554, that sought to redefine industrial hemp as an agricultural crop and establish licensing regulations to allow for the plant’s cultivation died in committee this legislative session. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive … Continue reading »

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