Complete Schedule of Upcoming Legislative Delegations

One of the greatest things about our democratic system of government is not just that is it a representative system, but also a participatory government. That means that any citizen can express his or her ideas and views to their representatives and help to make changes in the development of legislation.

The cannabis industry in Florida is still in its infancy and mired in growing pains legislatively. Changes need to be made for the benefit of all. We are excited to say that just such an opportunity is here, in the months leading up to this year’s legislative session.

Florida Cannabis Coalition is excited to provide you with this schedule of upcoming Legislative Delegations in most of counties around Florida. Each county will have a time where you can speak to all of the state representatives and senators from that area, all at one time, without having to visit them in their district office or in a Tallahassee.

You can tell them how to tweak the current cannabis laws, recommend new ones or express concerns over the way the current program is being implemented.

Representative government means that you need to speak to your elected officials, as a representatives of the electorate. You can be the catalyst for change. Check out the schedule, go to the appropriate county page and Check for more details.

In some instances, you will find links to agendas and to forms to sign up for public comment.

Sign up as early as you can.

Speak to power.

They need to hear from you.

Gary Stein

 


 

People Are Worried About What the Florida Government Is Going to Do With Your Marijuana Data

As part of Florida's new medical marijuana programdoctors are required to disclose all the prescriptions they recommend for medicinal cannabis to a state panel. Many advocates are worried that this information will allow the state to punish doctors who are more prone to recommending marijuana.

“If you have one particular doctor who’s taking a lot of patients in, particularly for chronic pain, and these doctors are doing more to recommend medical cannabis as opposed to standard analgesis like opioids, then they’re going to be scrutinizing  those doctors and questioning their practice,” Gary Stein, a medical marijuana advocate, told WUSF. "Many lawyers are telling doctors: do not practice cannabis medicine in the state of Florida because your license is at risk. And this (the board) is one of the reasons."

The state government says that these concerns are baseless, and that the new regulations are simply for data gathering purposes so Florida has as much information about the marijuana industry as possible.

“Nowhere in the statute, or in the rulemaking, is this a body of judgment," said Dr. Michelle Mendez, a member of the new panel. "It is simply a data gathering panel as designated by Florida law, and it is not an intention to limit any physician's ability to perform the job that a physician chose to perform for the best well-being of their patient.”

Others argue that even if the new regulations won't lead to punishment of doctors, it's another example of the state creating more obstacles and roadblocks for people to obtain medical marijuana that aren't put into place for more dangerous prescription drugs.

Can't Florida just do one thing politically that doesn't lead to controversy?

5 Companies That Cash In on Cannabis Without Ever Touching the Product

As California's legalization of marijuana creeps ever closer, the industry has been flooded with new business ideas and wealthy investors. In fact, earlier this month in downtown L.A., weed veterans and prospective business owners gathered for the inaugural MJAC2017 conference to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of investing in the still-stigmatized cannabis industry. As a way to sidestep legal problems and attract capital from timid investors, many entrepreneurs are starting companies that never touch the actual product. The following ancillary companies — from tech startups to weed-focused attorneys — stand to reap all the benefits of the Green Rush with much less of the risk.Continue reading

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