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CBS rejects Super Bowl ad on benefits of medical marijuana

CBS rejected a Super Bowl ad that makes a case for medical marijuana. Acreage Holdings, which is in the cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensing business, said it produced a 60-second ad that shows three people suffering from varying health issues who say their lives were made better by use of …

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Christian Bax quits as state’s top medical marijuana regulator

Christian Bax, director of Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU), has stepped down after a controversial three-year tenure that frustrated patients, angered lawmakers, and witnessed an explosion in litigation. His resignation is effective Aug. 10. Deputy director Courtney Coppola will serve as interim director, Department of Health spokesman Devin Galleta said Friday. Bax’s resignation letter, released later …

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Florida Judge Will Hear Lawsuit to Allow Smokable Medical Marijuana

Sunshine State cannabis advocate John Morgan will finally have his day in court, where he will argue that Florida should allow MMJ patients to smoke their legal medication. A Leon County Circuit Court judge will hear arguments about the validity of Florida’s smokable medical marijuana ban next month, finally giving …

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Collier County lengthens marijuana dispensary ban

Medicinal marijuana dispensaries will be banned in Collier County for another six months as local commissioners try to wait for state lawmakers to change the rules surrounding them. County commissioners want control over the number of dispensaries that could open after voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 opening up …

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Medical marijuana license delays challenged in lawsuit

Another potential marijuana grower hoping to cash in on Florida’s “green rush” is suing the state, this time accusing health officials of unconstitutionally dragging their feet by failing to grant new pot licenses. The plaintiffs in the latest challenge include Bill’s Nursery, Inc., a Miami-Dade County grower that lost out when the …

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Medical marijuana elusive in SWFL 1 year after legalization vote

FORT MYERS, Fla.  More than a year after Florida voted to allow medical marijuana, access remains limited. Trulieve plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary Tuesday at 13971 N. Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers. But a half-dozen Southwest Florida municipalities have banned them. “It doesn’t make much sense to have …

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