Jobs. That is what the marijuana industry hopes will keep the Trump administration from cracking down on cannabis companies. A new report from New Frontier Data projects that by 2020 the legal cannabis market will create more than a quarter of a million jobs. This is more than the expected jobs from manufacturing, utilities or even government jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
You can meet New Frontier Data at CannaBiz Day Orlando on March 25th at the Caribe Royale Hotel where they will provide detailed information on Florida's new medical marijuana market.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday suggested the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.
“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said, while adding the exact policy is “a question for the Department of Justice.”
It’s the latest sign President Trump is poised to take a tougher approach than the Obama Justice Department did in states that have legalized the use of recreational marijuana.
Brevard County officials have proposed regulations for zoning dispensaries within unincorporated areas of the county. These zoning regulations are designed to keep them away from schools, parks and churches. Continue reading
Dr Joseph Rosado is an educator for the Florida Cannabis Coalition and a Florida Physician who is certified to recommend cannabis.
At a patient meetup taking place at the newly opened Tampa dispensary, Truelieve, he tells a story of one of his first medical marijuana patients. His patient, who is affectionately named JuJu, had terminal cancer in his neck, face and brain at 15 years old. Rosado had his doubts if JuJu would survive due to a 90 day waiting period for Florida patients to receive their medical recommendation. Sometimes these patients need their medicine immediately and unfortunately JuJu recently passed.Continue reading
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Three months after Floridians overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2, the Office of Compassionate Use and the cannabis patients of Florida faced off over proposed rules that would spell out who could get medical cannabis.
The Health Department's Office of Compassionate Use, the organization which regulates medical marijuana in the state, has recommended restrictions on what type of patients qualify for medical marijuana and where it can be dispensed. But the patients have spoken. Nearly 1,300 Florida residents attended what are normally low-key bureaucratic hearings to press for a less restrictive system to access marijuana.
“Patients, doctors, caregivers and activists all had a unified message which is rare,” said Ben Pollara, who is the campaign manager for United for Care. “They want impediments removed and a free market place.”
The hearings took place in 5 of the most major cities in Florida (Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee). Among some of the other concerns voiced at these hearings was the high prices and limited availability so far of cannabis products from the 5 of the so far 7 licensed cannabis dispensing organizations in the State. Also to put an end to the 90 day patient/doctor relationship that must be established before the doctor can actually recommend cannabis, and to ensure that the doctor would be able to deem what is a debilitating medical condition and not the Florida Board of Medicine.
Amendment 2 is set to expand the current and highly restrictive High-CBD medical marijuana system already put in place in Florida. The patients are just concerned on how it will be expanded. Florida has an opportunity here to become the 2nd largest medical marijuana market in the US and to help ease the suffering of approximately 600,000 potential cannabis patients at the same time.
This is one of the points that the Florida Cannabis Coalition made to the Office of Compassionate Use during these hearings. That is this is one of the rare times that an open and free market would benefit the patients at the same time. The open competition would help drive down the prices of the medication and would also help to produce the 66,000 pounds of cannabis a month that would be needed to treat the 600,000 potential cannabis patients.
View Tom Quigley's, the founder of the Florida Cannabis Coalition, and Carlos Hermida's, the Vice President of the Florida Cannabis Coaltion, testimonials to the Office of Compassionate Use here:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is no stranger to spreading misinformation about drugs and cannabis in particular. So much of their budget comes from enforcing cannabis laws so naturally they would want to keep public opinion in their favor.
But the truth always prevails in the end. Continue reading