Cannabis News Box

Can you guess the five states likely to put cannabis on the 2018 ballot?

Can you guess the five states likely to put cannabis on the 2018 ballot?

Sara Tiradossi

October 17, 2017

The North American legal cannabis market has been growing with sales increasing by 34 percent in 2016, and are expected to grow by an average of 26 percent each year through 2021. Compared to the Mexico, which legalized medical cannabis in June or the Canadian market that is on the path to legalize...

Lawsuit and hurricane damage prevent Florida from issuing medical licenses

Lawsuit and hurricane damage prevent Florida from issuing medical licenses

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 5, 2017

According to new state reports, Florida will not meet the deadline for distributing medical cannabis producer licenses. An amendment passed earlier this year designated producer licenses to be distributed by Oct. 3, but state officials said the program will be delayed and sales will not begin on...

VIDEO: an inside look at the only medical cannabis grow in Florida

VIDEO: an inside look at the only medical cannabis grow in Florida

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 3, 2017

A CBS news team was recently given an exclusive tour of Modern Health Concepts, the only licensed medical cannabis grows in Florida....

Lawsuit by Florida resident claims special law discriminates against minority farmers

Lawsuit by Florida resident claims special law discriminates against minority farmers

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 27, 2017

A Florida resident filed a lawsuit against the state and claimed the special provision under Florida’s medical cannabis law which requires the state to issue one license to a minority farmer is unconstitutional. Columbus Smith, a black farmer from Panama City and the plaintiff, said there is no reason to ...

Congressman proposes amendment to protect cannabis research

Congressman proposes amendment to protect cannabis research

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 1, 2017

A Republican congressman proposed an amendment to protect the Department of Justice from impeding cannabis research. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, sponsored an amendment to the upcoming Consolidated Appropriations Act, which would provide researchers of Schedule I substances protection from Justice...

Report projects Florida medical cannabis market to hit 1 billion by 2020

Report projects Florida medical cannabis market to hit 1 billion by 2020

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 1, 2017

Projections from Florida’s medical cannabis market estimate it will exceed $1 billion by 2020 if growth stays consistent. A report from New Frontier Data projected Florida’s market will grow to $1.6 billion by 2020 at an annual growth rate of 140 percent. The state’s medical cannabis profits would be half the size of California’s $2.6 billion market for medical cannabis. Due to the aging population of residents 6...

Florida lawyer and advocate sues state for banning private smoking of medical cannabis

Florida lawyer and advocate sues state for banning private smoking of medical cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 7, 2017

A lawyer in Florida known for advocating the right to medical cannabis is now suing the state's decision to ban smoking the plant. In 2016, John Morgan successfully financed the campaign to get medical cannabis on the ballot, which passed under the context that smoking in public would be illegal...

Florida governor signs medical cannabis bill into law

Florida governor signs medical cannabis bill into law

June 26, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 8A Friday, officially putting Florida's medical cannabis bill into law. While medical cannabis patients in Florida are banned from smoking, they can use pills, oils, edibles and vaporizers to medicate. The bill qualifies cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for h...

Florida legislature passes medical implementation bill

Florida legislature passes medical implementation bill

June 14, 2017

While Florida voters approved the state's medical cannabis amendment in November, legislation implementing the amendment is finally on its way to the Governor. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to approve the measure, which prohibits smoking and also allows local governments to ban dispensaries within their...

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