Medical marijuana opponents compare Florida proposal to California law in new ad

The group opposing the medical marijuana constitutional amendment is ramping up its efforts.

The VOTE NO on 2 campaign on Friday released the first in a series of advertisements aimed at setting the record straight about what Amendment 2 could mean for Floridians. The 60-second spot — dubbed “Three Things” — shows how California’s medical marijuana efforts have panned out.

The advertisement features three findings based on the California model. It references a Journal of Drug Policy Annual Report that showed only 3 percent of medical marijuana users had conditions like cancer and AIDs and points to a San Francisco Journal report that says “there are more pot shops than Starbucks.”

It also highlights comments made by the author of California’s law, who said it is now a joke.

“Facts, research and evidence from California’s pot experiment proves that this so-called ‘medical’ marijuana initiative failed miserably in its promises to …

420 Games – the stoner Olympics – announce 2016 venue, new spokesperson

The 420 Games, which mixes marijuana and athletics, announced its 2016 venues Thursday as well as the addition of a new spokesperson, Heisman Trophy winner and former Miami Dolphin Ricky Williams.

The 420 Games, founded by California entrepreneur Jim McAlpine, were originally created to de-stigmatize cannabis and paint those who use it as more than just “stoners.”

“The stigma runs deep, and people immediately go to the propaganda engrained in their brain, that says marijuana and athletics don’t mix,” McAlpine said. Well, that’s exactly why I started The 420 Games, because I knew all of those people were wrong.”

McAlpine also announced he plans to open the world’s first “cannabis gym” with Williams called “Power Plant Fitness.” Visitors to the gym, to be run by Williams, will be able to consume cannabis in the gym, including a line of “athletic edibles” being launched by McAlpine and the former …

Sun Bulb Company challenging DOH response to new medical pot law

A Southwest Florida nursery is asking for an administrative hearing to determine whether it should be awarded a license to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

Sun Bulb Company filed a petition for a formal administrative hearing on Friday. The company filed the petition in response to a newly passed law, which attorneys said allows “for approval of at least one additional applicant in each region” if candidates can demonstrate they should have been chosen.

“As its concise statement of ultimate fact, Sun Bulb states it satisfies all established statutory and rule criteria for licensure as a Dispensing Organization for Low-THC Cannabis in the Southwest Florida region, and satisfied them better than the other applicants in the Southwest Region,” reads the petition.

The DeSoto County nursery was one of six nurseries in the Southwest region that applied for a license to cultivate and dispense low-THC cannabis under the Compassionate Medical Cannabis …

Knox Nursery gets state permission to start growing pot

Central Florida’s licensed producer and distributor of medical marijuana products received conditional state permission to start growing cannabis at its Winter Garden greenhouses.

Knox Nursery received its cultivation authorization from the Florida Department of Health on May 13, making it the fourth of six licensed medical marijuana companies to get permission to plant seeds.

The actual production of medicines may yet take a while. First, Knox, whose region includes St. Petersburg and the northern part of the Tampa Bay area and a swath across Florida that includes metropolitan Orlando, Daytona Beach and Melbourne, still has a few things to accomplish. It still must set up some security and greenhouse apparatus and hire more staff, according to the Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use.

Second, it takes a while to grow marijuana.

Knox has 210 calendar days — about seven months — to get products available on the market.

Knox …

Medical marijuana measure winning solidly in new Gravis poll

A solid 69 percent of Florida registered voters say they would support Amendment 2 on the November ballot, which would broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida, according to a new poll by Gravis Marketing.

The same poll also finds Floridians with mixed views on transgender restrooms, but not on locker rooms.

The poll, taken last Tuesday and Wednesday of more than 2,500 registered Florida voters, puts the approval rating well above the 60 percent that would be needed to adopt Amendment 2 to the Florida Constitution.

The survey puts the issue well ahead of where a similar proposed amendment stood in Gravis polling in 2014. That amendment was narrowly defeated in the ballot box.

“Six months before the election in 2014 medical marijuana was around 57 to 58 percent. Now it’s well over 60 percent. It will be hard to defeat,” said Doug Kaplan, managing director for Gravis, a …

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Sun Bulb Company challenging DOH response to new medical pot law

by - May 24, 2016

A Southwest Florida nursery is asking for an administrative hearing to determine whether it should be awarded a license to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

Sun Bulb Company filed a petition for a formal administrative hearing on Friday. The company filed...

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