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State of the State 2017

When you have questions, Florida CAN has answers. Read our State of the State to get current.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:59

Senate Leadership Named

Our pick for Senate President, Joe Negron of Stuart announced his leadership team for 2017. 

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 21:30

Amendment 2 passes

Florida passes constitutional amendment to allow debilitated patients to use cannabis. 

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 20:27

Post-Amendment 2 or What you need to know now!

November 8, 2016 was a good day for cannabis reform supporters. Florida became the 26th state in the nation to allow patients with debilitating conditions to access cannabis. In addition to Florida, North Dakota (27), and Arkansas (28) also passed laws to allow people with qualifying conditions to legally possess cannabis. Montana, a state where just five years ago we feared they would roll-back their medical program passed a law to expand legal access.

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Although we had a full-slate of bills introduced this legislative session, only two are still alive at the midway point. SB 7066, a bill reported to fix the 2014 Compassionate Cannabis Act is active in the Senate; as is SB 902, the Hemp Industry Development Act. The Florida House is, so far, quiet on the issue of cannabis reform. Read our March legislative report here

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Friday, 03 April 2015 14:40

SB 7066 Not for Patients, Yet

Senator Bradley is still trying to fix last year’s low-THC bill. This fix, SB 7066 is likely to clear up many of the issues businesses have challenged over, but still is no good for patients. Low THC, DUI penalties and heavy regulation make this bill a non-started for patients. Businesses like the expanded number of licenses available and now, with the proposed removal of the 30-year rule for nurseries the field may be wide open.

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Friday, 03 April 2015 14:26

Hemp Bill Moving Strong

The Florida Legislature continues to make cannabis history as Senate Bill 902 and House Bill 363  known as the "Hemp Industry Development Act" continue to move through the Senate. While no action has been seen in the House, lawmakers are still confident this bill will become law in 2015.

The bills, if made into law, would allow hemp producers to register their crop with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This would not only allow for the cultivation of domestically-grown cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC, but make possession of any product made from hemp legal. Track Florida Hemp Industry Development Act's Progress and Learn More

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Florida Sheriff's Association released their position on marijuana last month. Here is my response:

Florida Sheriff's Association,

I take exception to the questionable information asserted in the Florida Sheriffs Association Resolution. I believe that allowing marijuana, especially for medicine, in Florida will increase public safety, improve the lives of patients, remove barriers to needed research and save taxpayer money.

Marijuana meets none of the standards required to be a Schedule I drug. Its placement there is a purely political error that should not stop Florida and its citizens from receiving the benefit of a substance that so many doctors and patients agree is nontoxic, non-addictive, therapeutic and able to be safely administered by a physician.

There is a growing body of study that shows cannabis kills many types of cancer, including one posted to the NIH December 24 on CBD Extract and colon cancer. Rejecting smoked marijuana as medicine is not the same as saying that the whole plant is useless as a medicine or that other delivery methods should be equivocated with smoking marijuana.

There is no reason that marijuana should be controlled any more stringently than alcohol. Its potential use as a food supplement, topical supplement and personal enjoyment make its prohibition untenable, regardless of its official status as a medicine. People know what to use it for, and it is safe to use experimentally under a doctor’s care. The FDA exists to protect people from impure, harmful or useless substances. Marijuana is none of those things.

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