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Medical marijuana advocates in Orlando call for special session to end legal uncertainty

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Medical marijuana advocates and local lawmakers gathered in Orlando on Thursday to call for a special session in the Florida Legislature after leaders failed to create a framework for new cannabis laws. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, says Tallahassee politicians have thwarted the will of the 71 percent of voters who approved Amendment 2 last fall by refusing to …

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Medical Marijuana Patients Left in the Lurch after Crackdown on Smokeable Product

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The Florida Department of Health can move quickly when it wants to. No sooner had News Service of Florida’s Dara Kam revealed a medical-marijuana vendor in Quincy was selling a "whole flower" medical cannabis product specifically for use in vaporizers, than the health department slapped a cease-and-desist order on the business. It took less than a week. “Licensed dispensing organizations …

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Maryland just got its first licensed grower of medical marijuana

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Juvenile marijuana plants cloned from more mature plants in a nursery at RiverRock Organic Cannabis in Denver. Maryland regulators on Wednesday gave their first full approval for cultivation of medical marijuana in the state. (Marc Piscotty/For The Washington Post) The commission that oversees Maryland’s fledgling medical cannabis program voted Wednesday to award the state’s first full license to grow marijuana …

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Miami attorney compares legalizing medical marijuana to legalizing pedophilia

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In the wake of a constitutional amendment creating an expanded medical marijuana market in Florida, cities around the state are preparing for the expansion of cannabis retail outlets. Miami not so much. Even though there’s already a so-called pot shop just outside its borders , South Florida’s largest city doesn’t appear to be in much of a rush to craft …

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Community shows support of medical marijuana dispensary in McHenry

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Sarah Nader McHENRY – McHenry could be getting closer to bringing in a medical marijuana dispensary with the support of local residents. “Bringing something like this into McHenry County is going to make the whole state realize that this is not a voodoo thing,” McHenry resident Judy Gee said. “It’s important, it’s medical, and the use of this for people …

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City’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens Friday

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Knox Medical, at 3400 SW 34th St., will be the first in Gainesville to dispense medical marijuana products to qualified patients. @DeborahJStrange Gainesville’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open Friday. Knox Medical, at 3400 SW 34th St., will dispense its products to patients who have an approved physician’s order for medical marijuana. At a tour of its facility …

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Proposals for expansion of medical marijuana smolder

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AUSTIN — Hope for expanding medical-marijuana access and creating a civil penalty for possession of small amounts of the substance aren’t quite snuffed out in the Capitol, despite setbacks. On Wednesday, Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said she’d identified two still-viable bills to which a pair of now-defunct proposals could be grafted as amendments before …