MedMen to Buy Florida Cannabis Operator for $53M

California-based MedMen intends to buy a Florida medical cannabis operation from Treadwell Nursery in a deal worth $53 million, according to the Sun Sentinel. Treadwell, who operates in the cannabis space under the name “Remeny Wellness,” will be transferring its five-acre cultivation site in Eustis and the company’s right to operate up to 25 dispensary locations. MedMen […]

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Florida Judge Upholds MMJ Decision, Says Smoking Ban is Unconstitutional

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Tuesday upheld her May 25 ruling, lifting a stay on her decision that the Florida legislature’s statewide ban on smokeable medical cannabis products is unconstitutional, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Judge Gievers said that the state has until June 11 to enact a process to allow smokeable cannabis products […]

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Florida Judge Rules MMJ Smoking Ban Unconstitutional; Stay Ordered as State Appeals

A Florida judge has ruled the state’s ban on smoking medical cannabis unconstitutional, calling the Legislature-approved ban “invalid and unenforceable.” “Qualifying patients have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for [the] treatment of their debilitating medical condition as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.” […]

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Judge Rules Florida MMJ Patient Can Home-Grow; Stay Ordered as State Appeals

A Florida judge has ruled that strip club owner Joe Redner, a stage 4 lung cancer survivor, can legally grow his own cannabis “solely for the purpose of his emulsifying the biomass he needs for the juicing protocol recommended by his physician,” the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Florida Department of Health immediately filed an appeal. […]

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Florida’s Largest MMJ Company Sues State Over Dispensary Limits

Florida’s largest medical cannabis business, Trulieve, is asking a judge to remove limits on how many dispensaries it can open in the state, arguing that the cap “arbitrarily impairs product availability and safety” and “unfairly penalizes” industry operators, according to a CBSMiami report. The 25-dispensary limit was approved by lawmakers last year as part of […]

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Florida Lawsuits Against MMJ Home Grow & Smoking Bans Move Forward

The lawsuit against Florida’s medical cannabis smoking ban will move forward after a judge declined the state’s request to dismiss the case, according to a report from WTSP. The suit was filed by attorney John Morgan – who authored the voter-approved medical cannabis expansion law and was its primary financial backer – on behalf of […]

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iAnthus Acquires Florida MMJ Producer in $48M Deal

iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc., which owns and operates licensed cannabis operations in Vermont, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New Mexico, has acquired Florida medical cannabis company GrowHealthy in a deal worth $17,500,000 in cash and $30,500,000 in iAnthus common shares. The company is one of just 13 licensed medical cannabis producers in the Sunshine State. GrowHealthy operates […]

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University of Florida Receives NIDA Grant to Explore MMJ Effects on HIV Patients

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded a $3.2 million grant to the University of Florida to study the effects of medical cannabis for individuals suffering from HIV symptoms, according to a WTLV report. The study will be led by Dr. Robert Cook, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the UF College of […]

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Patrick Vo: Pioneering Seed-to-Sale Systems in Emerging Markets

Patrick Vo is the CEO of BioTrackTHC, a seed-to-sale software giant whose product can be found in dispensaries throughout the U.S. and beyond. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Patrick joins our host TG Branfalt for an interview about BioTrack’s early days in Florida and the company’s transition into the cannabis space, Patrick’s own […]

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CannaEast Compliance Summit 2018 Coming to Orlando, Florida in January

Though cannabis is often looked at as something of a West Coast phenomenon, the wildly successful Cannabis Compliance Summit will be touching down on the Eastern seaboard early next year. The 3rd CannaEast Compliance Summit 2018 will take place in Lake Buena Vista, located just outside of Orlando, Florida, on January 17-19, 2018. The event […]

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Florida MMJ Regulators Will Not Meet Today’s Deadline for New License Approvals

Medical cannabis regulators in Florida will not meet today’s legislatively-mandated deadline to approve five new licenses for the state’s expanded regime, the News Service of Florida reports. Christian Bax, the Office of Medical Marijuana Use executive director, blamed the delay on Hurricane Irma and lawsuits against the expansion plans. In a letter to legislative leaders […]

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One Bank Serving Six of Florida’s Seven MMJ Companies

Six of Florida’s seven licensed medical cannabis companies are doing business at First Green Bank, an Orlando-area financial institution founded in 2009, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The small firm has just six branches throughout Central Florida, managing about $622 million in assets. Lex Ford, a senior vice president at First Green, said the institution […]

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Florida Medical Cannabis: Coming to a City Near You, But When?

The Florida medical cannabis industry is growing by the day. As a result of Senate Bill 8-A, Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, or MMTC’s, are subject to additional regulations compared to their Low-THC predecessors. In the state’s formative medical cannabis program, MMTC’s were referred to as Dispensing Organizations and were only permitted to dispense a very […]

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Florida Licenses Two New Medical Cannabis Operators

Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana has issued two new cannabis licenses with more on the way, WFSU reports. The move comes more than a month after Gov. Rick Scott signed the legislation expanding the state’s medical cannabis regime approved by voters but revised by lawmakers during a special session. The new licenses were awarded to […]

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Florida Attorney Sues Over No-Smoking Provisions in Legislature-Approved MMJ Bill

As promised, Orlando, Florida-based attorney John Morgan has sued the state over the no-smoking provisions included in the medical cannabis law approved by lawmakers, the Miami Herald reports. Morgan is the author of the voter-approved law, and was a key financial backer throughout the successful campaign last November. In the lawsuit, Morgan, and his lead […]

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Florida Gov. Signs Expanded MMJ Law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed the legislation approving the expanded medical cannabis regime approved by voters in November, but the measure will likely face legal challenges over the provisions banning smoking, the News Service of Florida reports. Count Joe Redner, a strip club operator and lung cancer patients, has already sued the state over […]

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Florida Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed the Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects bill, allowing hemp-growing plans by the University of Florida and Florida A&M to move forward, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. The universities plan to partner with private companies to conduct and pay for the research, which must be registered with the state Department of Agriculture […]

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Lawsuit Filed in Florida Over Lack of MMJ Home-Grows

The first lawsuit has been filed against Florida’s new medical cannabis laws, as Count Joe Redner, a strip club entrepreneur and lung cancer patient, has sued the state due to the rules barring cardholders from growing their own cannabis plants, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Redner’s suit claims that the regime put forth by lawmakers […]

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Florida Lawmakers Pass MMJ Compromise, Lawsuit Likely Over No Smoking Provision

Florida’s legislature has passed a medical cannabis compromise measure, increasing the number of dispensaries and opening up the program for an estimated hundreds of thousands of Floridians, WLRN reports. However, the law does not allow smoking, which John Morgan, an Orlando-based attorney who bankrolled the Amendment 2 campaign, said will lead to a lawsuit. “I […]

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Florida Lawmakers Convene Special Session to Take on MMJ Bills

After Florida lawmakers failed to pass a voter-mandated medical cannabis expansion bill during the regular session, the responsibility was moved to the Health Department; however, the legislature has called a special session and reached an agreement on the law with plans to vote on the measure by the end of the week, the Miami Herald […]

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Florida Department of Health Takes Over MMJ Regs

Florida’s Department of Health has officially taken over adopting regulations for the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis expansion after lawmakers failed to come to a compromise on legislation earlier this month. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the agency on Thursday issued a “Notice of Regulation Development Procedure” which establishes the process the agency intends to use to […]

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Florida Attorney and MMJ Campaign Financier Eyeing Industry Investment Opportunities

Orlando, Florida attorney John Morgan was one of the major financial backers of the two statewide ballot initiatives to expand the state’s medical cannabis regime, and in an interview with the Miami Herald, he indicated plans to invest up to $100 million into “the right opportunities” in the cannabis space. “I am prepared to invest […]

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Florida Health Department Orders Dispensary to Stop Selling Whole-Plant Vape Cup

Florida’s Office of Medical Use Director Christian Bax has sent a cease and desist letter to Trulieve, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Florida, ordering them to stop selling a product that could be broken down into a smokable product which is not permitted under the state’s rules, according to an Associated Press report. The […]

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Florida Legislature Fails to Pass MMJ Expansion Bill, Moves to Health Department

After a failure by Florida’s legislature to compromise on legislation that would enact the state’s voter-approved medical cannabis amendment, the implementation responsibility now moves to state health officials who have long been criticized by patients, industry operators, and lawmakers for their handling of the current regime, according to an Orlando Weekly report. Ben Pollara, executive […]

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