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To address concerns of those who have been with us as we spoke against SB 7066,   There has been a strike all amendment added that, with its amendments, makes SB 7066 a good bill.     As amended, SB 7066 allows 15% THC for patients with qualifying conditions. They will be able to buy bud, take it home and use it in a vaporizer. It is not the be-all end-all, but it is a fine clinical cannabis bill, as amended.   Click here to…
Friday, 03 April 2015 12:28

March Legislative Report

March Forth was the opening theme of the month and FLCAN did do just that, all month long. We’ve walked many miles around the Capitol Complex educating lawmakers and advocating for good policies. Most of the bills introduced this year have died in the committee process. The good news is that at least they were presented, given bill numbers and referred to committees.    The Hemp Industry Development Act (SB 902/ HB 363) is running. A committee bill proposed by Senator Bradley (SB 7066) appears…
Sunday, 08 March 2015 12:09

Legislative Update 2015

  Legislative Outlook 2015  Download a copy of all these bills to share with your friends   There is more than just medical cannabis on the agenda for Florida. We have five sets of Cannabis bills to push this year: SB 528 and HB 683 are vastly different medical Cannabis bills; HB 1297 and SB 1176 legalize Cannabis for adults; HB 363 and SB 902 allow hemp production in Florida; HB 4041 and SB 1294 remove cannabis from Schedule 1; and HM 1179 is a…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

Winding down from the wind up –

Even though it is only Wednesday, the first committee week of the 2015 legislative season is coming to a close. That is legislative season, not to be confused with legislative session which comes later. The legislative season begins months before the sixty day legislative session mandated in the Florida Constitution. During the two months prior to the commencement of session, the elected members of the Florida House and Senate hold committee meetings for several weeks.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Let's Finish What We Started

On November 4, 2014 Florida took a giant step forward. A full 58% of the voters said yes to safe access to cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Despite the opposition saying Amendment 2 would put a pot shop on every corner, people would be able to get pot for anything and kids would get pot without their parents’ consent, we still said yes! If you are not already a member, join now for an annual donation.  
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

What about the children?

“What about the children?” you say. My response: What children? You mean the children who have Dravet syndrome and are denied the antidote while Florida is busy fighting lawsuits? Yes, what about them? Are you talking about the children of parents who forego the cure to cancer because it’s illegal, unknown or untrusted? Do you think those kids care what the FDA and the law says if Mom or Dad gets to live? Let’s talk about the children of soldiers who return home with PTSD. Without…
Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

Myth of Federal Rescheduling

A special thanks to Buford Terrell for permission to reprint this article from his blog. www.terrellmarijuana.blogspot.com   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014   The Myths of Rescheduling   Talk of rescheduling marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act has been rampant lately, especially in light of recent statements by Attorney-General Holder and then by his resignation.  Most agree that the placement of marijuana in Schedule I, along with heroin and various psychedelics, which prevents it from being prescribed or distributed through commercial and pharmaceutical channels, is incorrect and…
Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

Myth of Federal Rescheduling

A special thanks to Buford Terrell for permission to reprint this article from his blog. www.terrellmarijuana.blogspot.com   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014   The Myths of Rescheduling   Talk of rescheduling marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act has been rampant lately, especially in light of recent statements by Attorney-General Holder and then by his resignation.  Most agree that the placement of marijuana in Schedule I, along with heroin and various psychedelics, which prevents it from being prescribed or distributed through commercial and pharmaceutical channels, is incorrect and…
There is a lot of confusion out there about the doctrine of medical necessity. This is not the first time. In the 1990's Florida CAN spent a lot of time teaching patients and their doctors about the defense. We worked directly with patients to prepare their defense and present medical necessity at trial. Florida CAN was part of the Coalition Advocating Medical Marijuana when we created  – Medical Effects / Legal Consequences. We published the booklet with a grant from the Drug Policy Foundation to…
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

Voting Absentee - for the Primary?

Voting a Primary Ballot First time voters who signed up for the Vote from Home program (also known as an Absentee Ballot) will have already received their primary ballot. Each primary ballot is customized for your particular precinct and only races you are eligible to vote on will show up on your ballot. The Primary was traditionally used only by major parties to determine their own party nominees. Some counties add additional items to the primary ballots due in part to the cost of elections.…
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