. In the case of Baywood Nurseries Co., Inc. v. Florida Department of Health, Judge W. David Watkins rendered a massive 68-page Final Order finding that Baywood had standing but failed to meet its burden of proof. As stated in the Final Order, “it is concluded that… Read More
We previously posted regarding the three petitions challenging the Florida Department of Health’s Rule 64-4 (here). Christopher Hopkins filed his notice of appearance as counsel (here) for the Medical Cannabis Trade Association of Florida (MCTAF) in its rule challenge matter. MCTAF’s petition is here. See the News Service of Florida story (here). Mr. Hopkins (bio) is joined… Read More
Confused by the various letters and lawsuits regarding Florida Department of Health’s Proposed Rule 64-4 in order to implement the “Charlotte’s Web” law, Florida Statute 381.986? Here is an overview of the developments over the last month and an overview of the three suits: As you likely know, the Florida Department of Health is currently… Read More
Nine days after the Florida Department of Health’s Rule Hearing on proposed Rule 64-4.001-.009, the mother of a four year old girl has filed a Rule Challenge with the court. The Department had recently filed a Revised Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC). The Petition was filed March 11, 2015. In Dahlia Barnhart, by and through her… Read More
Florida Office of Financial Regulation recently released a consumer publication, Fast Facts, which claimed that medical marijuana and virtual currency (bitcoins) were “emerging threats” in terms of investments. The pamphlet does not state the factual or anecdotal basis for those statements. The Fast Facts pamphlet is here. See page 9.
Floridians will vote this November on Amendment 2, relating to Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions. Just this past June, Governor Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act into law. How does the interplay between state and federal drug laws work? This article (here) from the October 2014 Palm Beach Bar Bulletin will… Read More
This November, Florida voters will consider whether to legalize medical marijuana. If so, Florida would join several states which have allowed recreational and/or medical cannabis cultivation, distribution, and use. But it remains illegal under federal law. Can lawyers advise their clients about a marijuana business which is legal under state law but barred by… Read More
A Google Trend report shows that “Florida Medical Marijuana” has generated massive attention since 2013. I attended a recent Florida Cannabis Coalition meeting and, while the speakers were good, the attendees seemed uneducated (case in point, people literally got up and left when they heard about the $150,000 application fee and $5 millon bond).… Read More