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Itís Marijuana Day in Floridaís Capitol
Posted by CN Staff on March 22, 2017 at 09:21:00 PT
By Michael Auslen, Tallahassee Bureau
Source: Miami Herald
Tallahassee -- Florida's new medical marijuana market will start to take shape Wednesday as a panel of senators workshops five proposals to put the voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the drug into place.The Senate Health Policy committee, chaired by Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young, will consider issues related to the five proposed bills and hear public comment, the first step toward passing legislation and the first time members of the public will hear what key senators think about how medical marijuana should be implemented.
Voters approved Amendment 2, which opened up the state to medical cannabis, with 71 percent support. By the end of their regular session, the House and Senate are expected to pass a more detailed plan.But they're dissatisfied with how the Legislature has progressed, according to a Fabrizio, Lee & Associates poll first reported by Politico on Tuesday. It showed that more than half of Amendment 2 supporters though the Legislature was moving too slowly and 40 percent of all voters disapproved of the job they are doing to implement the voters' will.When the Health Policy Committee convenes Wednesday afternoon, here are the proposals they will discuss. They will likely be consolidated into a new bill, which the panel is expected to consider at a later date.▪ SB 406 by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island: Maintains the current system of requiring businesses to both grow and sell cannabis but expands the number of businesses by five when the state has 250,000 patients, 350,000 patients, 400,000 patients and every 100,000 thereafter. It allows edibles but not smoking and lets people buy a 90-day supply. It also allows non-residents of the state, such as those who live here only in winter, to buy cannabis.▪ SB 614 by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg: A largely open market of growers, dispensaries, labs and delivery companies with no cap on the number of businesses involved, though it limits retail shops to no more than 1 per 25,000 residents. It allows smoking and edibles and lets people buy a 90-day supply of cannabis.▪ SB 1388 by Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami: Largely modeled after SB 406, this proposal requires independent labs do testing, allows smoking and lets people buy a 45-day supply.▪ SB 1666 by Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens: This plan would maintain the current system but would require 10 new licenses be awarded by October and allow four more for every 25,000 patients. It maintains a provision of existing law allowing only nurseries that have been in business for 30 years to become growers. It allows edibles but not smoking and lets people buy 90-day supplies, including some non-residents of Florida.▪ SB 1758 by Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring: This maintains the existing market, including the 30-year requirement for nurseries, and allows three new licenses be awarded for every 250,000 patients. It allows edibles but not smoking and lets patients have a 45-day supply, including non-residents.Source: Miami Herald (FL)Author: Michael Auslen, Tallahassee BureauPublished: March 22, 2017Copyright: 2017 The Miami HeraldContact: heralded herald.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on May 06, 2017 at 20:08:34 PT
Ignoring the wishes of 71 percent of the voters
in an entire state won't be taken lightly, I would think.It shouldn't be!
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Comment #17 posted by Had Enough on May 06, 2017 at 11:01:53 PT
Silver linings...Blessings in Disguise
Silver linings...Blessings in DisguiseThose law making critters just riled up about 75% of the voting Floridians...People are feed up with this stuff...This will hopefully accelerate the next petition drive...No requirements...No pill mill style doctors lining their pockets for a "recommendation" state lists of who can and cannot...Tallahassee lawmakers have shot themselves in the foot...Barney Fife has more credibility than these so-called noblemen...Andy Taylor: What are you doing? Barney Fife: Gun-drawing practice, ten minutes every day. If I ever have to use this baby, I want to teach it to come to papa in a hurry. ***Floridians for Freedom
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on May 06, 2017 at 09:29:43 PT
One of those times when FoM's rules are tested.
I'm tempted to fling curses. Curses are bad, I know. The worst thing is they tend to work like boomerangs! But, dang....! Just a generalized, relatively mild (I don't even know what it means) expletive not aimed anywhere but at the very idea. Merciless, arrogant, dull-minded, show-off Legislators NOT doing their jobs! Aaargh!""The Florida Legislature chose political gamesmanship over the will of 71 percent of voters," ...".They are playing their games... games that cause suffering and grief among their fellow man. Legislators should be people that can be trusted to do the right thing. Of course, we already know, those sorts of legislators are few are far between.I'm sorry, Had Enough.And about Calvina ever having a epiphany that what she is doing is harming more people, and deeply, than helping. I'm not expecting her to have one anyway. She probably would kill it if she saw it coming... an epiphany, I mean. 
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Comment #15 posted by Had Enough on May 06, 2017 at 08:57:33 PT
Well here is the bill they were "Proud" of...
Lawmakers fail to pass medical pot bill, 'thwarting' the voters who approved itTALLAHASSEE ó As behind-the-scenes negotiations broke down in the final hours of their annual session Friday, the Florida Legislature failed to pass legislation putting medical marijuana, passed overwhelmingly by voters, into effect.A dispute over technical parts of the bill became too much for negotiators to overcome. At issue were restrictions on growers and dispensaries, a topic important to those who wanted a piece of what experts say could become a $1 billion a year market.It now falls to the Florida Department of Health to write rules by July 3 that will allow patients with debilitating illnesses to legally use to medical marijuana.
"If I were a voter I would be very disappointed," said Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, who sponsored the House bill to legalize the drug. "They had a legitimate expectation that we would pass an implementing bill."Not passing a bill "thwarted" the voters, said Ben Pollara, executive director of Florida for Care and the campaign manager of the campaign for Amendment 2.
"The Florida Legislature chose political gamesmanship over the will of 71 percent of voters," he said in a statement. "The House got to poke the Senate in the eye one last time, but the real losers are sick and suffering Floridians."***Click to see...
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Comment #14 posted by Had Enough on May 06, 2017 at 08:55:32 PT
Calvina Fay defecting...
Wishfull thinking...but...not a chance...She is owned by Sembler & Co...
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 28, 2017 at 19:15:51 PT
Ms. Faye.
Maybe she's thinking about defecting.An epiphany, maybe?
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Comment #12 posted by Had Enough on April 28, 2017 at 18:37:30 PT
Calvina...Spying at Panera Bread...
Another thing that makes me sure it was her...I just had this gut feeling...I couldn't prove it...but I just knew it was her...I brought that incident up at the following meeting...nobody had noticed her that night...and they said they had left earlier than usual that night...But I sure did see her...the others at the meeting wished they had seen her...I think it would have led to a rather heated debate welcomed by our attendees... She really didn't need to be sneaky (typical prohibitionist) she could have plopped her happy ass down in any one of those chairs at our tables...It would have been hilarious to watch her to be asked to leave for making a scene...which she probably would have done...make a scene...I'm sure the cops would have been not too far away either...she probably has them on speed dial...
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 25, 2017 at 22:48:00 PT
Calvina Faye
I'm betting it was her. She has stunning smirking abilities and I would be really surprised if the complainer at Panera wasn't arch prohibitionist, Calvina Faye.It's good to hear you'll are already working on that next initiative. Wonderful. I do wish you success!
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Comment #10 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2017 at 18:44:57 PT
Floridians For Freedom
Floridians For Freedom...Why Say Yes...
***For our Floridian friends...Click to see...print a copy of the petition...spread the word...this link is right on the Florida Division of Elections website...gotta love it...
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2017 at 18:32:41 PT
Our Turn...Git-R-Done...
Yes we do FoM...And we will...We did it for the Medical we will do the same for mankind's sake...You betcha' ...Git-R-Done... :)
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Comment #8 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2017 at 18:25:10 PT
Hope... Comment #4...Calvina Fay...
She will soon be just a tiny little blimp... on the radar screen...fading and dimming away...We held our meetings about a mile from her office...Our meeting place was Panera Bread...just one person complained...It was about a 70 mile ride round trip for me...I was late one night...once I got there everyone was gone...I still went in to see if anyone was left...and I swear it was Calvina herself sitting there in a booth facing the front door ...I had a box full of petitions to turn over...She looked at me and smiled with a smirk on her face...and what appeared to be a half-assed wave in my direction and then kinda tilted her head away...while she still had her eyes looking at that stack of signed petitions I had under my arm...I'm wondering if that was who complained...Now I'm not 100 % sure that was her...but boy everything really-really fits together...Her office being right down the street...It looked like her from the pictures that are on the internet...same face...same hair style...same clothing style...we had a website with all our events listed...time...dates.. etc...we weren't hard to she knew we were there and what we were there for...Panera Bread did not completely cut us off from their facility...They explained that person... had complained about us meeting there... we still could have met inside the restaurant...but no signs could be the manager told us...(in keeping with their community oriented policy) we could still meet on their patio out in front of the place...and we could still display our signage... : )
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 25, 2017 at 17:41:22 PT
 Had Enough 
I wish your state great success! We need to get this done!
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Comment #6 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2017 at 16:06:05 PT
Yepper...Time to get rollin' again...2018
All people in the State of Florida twenty-one years of age and older shall have the right under state laws to possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis. This right shall not be infringed except that the transfer of cannabis by purchase or sale may be regulated as necessary to ensure health and safety."Cannabis" in this section is defined as all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not, and the seeds thereof.The provisions of this section are severable and if any clause or sentence of this measure, or an application thereof, is adjudged invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, other provisions shall continue to be in effect to the fullest extent possible.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 20, 2017 at 09:25:15 PT
Happy Wonderful 4-20-17! Be safe!
11 charts that show marijuana has truly gone mainstream
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 20, 2017 at 09:13:46 PT
Had Enough
It's apparently what Calvina and Mel wanted.
I need to read more and hear what you think, but I've been hearing all along that she was running the show at the Lege.She's a "Drug expert", you know?It's so sad. One foot out of the swamp and there's Calvina clamped onto it.
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Comment #3 posted by Had Enough on April 19, 2017 at 18:20:19 PT
Well this is their answer...And they are proud...?
"We have before us a bill that we can all be proud of," said Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), adding that it was paramount to "faithfully implement the intent of and the will of the 71 percent of Floridians who voted in favor of Amendment 2."The House's legislation would keep a lid on nursery licenses and, critically, would ban the smoking, vaping or eating of medical marijuana, all of which are allowed under the Senate's plan.
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Comment #2 posted by Had Enough on April 16, 2017 at 17:43:18 PT
Foot Draggin' Mouth Breathers...
In the long's a blessing in disguise for these people to drag their feet and fall all over themselves...This just paves the way for full out legalization for the next ballot in 2018...People are tired of all this stuff and will finally say we've "Had Enough"...and push the next amendment through with the same amount of support...or maybe even more than Amendment 2 received...Florida has a very high rate of prescription overdoses and associated crime from their use...Home invasions...theft of all kinds...domestic violence...etc...There are many people who want this issue will probably show us another amendment...after that passes the Tallahassee bunch and Law Enforcement can't screw with pot any more...and be forced to deal with the pharmaceutical critters that are poisoning this state...
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on March 25, 2017 at 10:38:42 PT
 Not doing their job! Malingerers! Incompetent!
Foot draggers! They've been giving their marching orders, yet they refuse to march!"They're dissatisfied with how the Legislature has progressed". Or in other words... how they haven't made any progress at all!If it's about adding to their buds income and job security in the prison and law enforcement industry they can be quick as a snake. If it's about the people and the general good of the entire society... not so much.
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