CAG News Archive 2015-11-18T00:47:55+00:00


  • Stay lifted on smokable medical marijuana
    June. 5, 2018

    TA circuit court judge has once again told the state to make medical marijuana available to patients in a smokeable form, and this time she set a deadline for Monday of next week.

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  • MedMen paying $53M to enter Florida medical marijuana market
    June. 5, 2018

    The country’s biggest medical marijuana provider on Wednesday announced it was buying its way into the Florida market.

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  • Medical marijuana regulator’s silence vexes lawmakers
    Feb. 6, 2018

    Four times, lawmakers on Monday gave the state’s top medical marijuana regulator an opportunity to speak on their objections to rules and regulations on the drug.

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  • “Right to Try” expansion bill adding medical marijuana passes Senate panel
    November 17, 2015
    A bill to allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana passed its first committee stop in the Senate on Tuesday, hours after a House panel OK’d a similar bill.
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  • Debate over licenses to grow medical marijuana Medical Marijuana Growers
    Dec 19, 2017

    A circuit court has blocked the Florida Department of Health from issuing a medical marijuana growing license reserved for black farmers.Read More

  • Farmer sues over rights to medical marijuana license
    Sept. 22, 2017
    The Florida Department of Health was sued on Friday over who gets the Black Farmer’s medical marijuana vendors license. By law, licenses have less than two weeks to approve five new companies to grow and sell marijuana.Read More

  • Rangel: Are scare tactics behind Brevard medical marijuana moratorium?
    August 29, 2017
    Brevard County commissioners seem to be afraid of the bogeyman, at least when it’s in their backyard. More specifically, 122 feet from Chairman Curt Smith’s house and next door to the church where Vice Chair Rita Pritchett works and worships.
  • Guns or medical marijuana? Patients may have to choose
    August 9, 2017
    Every gun buyer fills out the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive’s form 4473. It asks nine questions about your life like if you’re under indictment, have been convicted of stalking, a fugitive from justice, or mentally defective?Read More

  • Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation
    June 23, 2017
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Friday to implement the medical marijuana amendment voters approved last year. Amendment 2, approved by 71 percent of the voters in November, took effect on Jan. 3 and required that laws had to be in place by July 3 for how patients can qualify and ...
  • Gov. Scott vetoes funding for marijuana research
    June 5, 2017
    Among the $409 million in projects vetoed by Governor Rick Scott, there were three items that would have provided over three million dollars to Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida.
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  • Florida State loses millions in Scott vetoes
    June 2, 2017
    Gov. Rick Scott used his line-item veto authority Friday to slice more than $410 million in local projects from the state budget.The move came hours after he brokered an agreement with the Senate President and House Speaker for a special session to increase spending on public schools and economic development.
  • Florida’s Capital County’s wins and losses in state budget
    May 12, 2017
  • Florida House Makes Progress on Medical Marijuana Bill
    May 11, 2017
  • Wait for medical marijuana could be lengthy
    Nov 14, 2016
    Despite last week’s overwhelming vote to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, patients suffering from a list of chronic ailments won’t be able to access the drug for months – and perhaps longer, depending on regulations expected to be crafted by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislatu
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  • Pot amendment’s passage creates green rush
    Nov 10, 2016
    Florida voters’ overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients may have spurred a green rush into the state by investors eager to cash in on what will soon be the nation’s second-largest pot market.
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  • Six firms vie for City of St. Pete’s lobbying contract
    Nov 15, 2016
    Six firms are in the running to be St. Petersburg’s lobbyist in Tallahassee. The contract, worth $50,000 last year, belonged to Peebles and Smith from Tallahassee. Its contract with the city expired Sept. 30 and the group has submitted a proposal to continue representing St. Pete.
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  • Medical marijuana a billion-dollar industry
    Nov 17, 2016
    While a billion dollars certainly isn’t chump change, the state’s top industry – tourism – is worth more than 80 billion.
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  • Group Puts Out First Medical Marijuana Attack Ad
    May 18, 2016
    Two years ago, Florida was within 2 percent of a vote that would have legalized medical marijuana. Now, the effort to legalize medicinal pot is back as Amendment 2 this November, but so is a heavy opposition.
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  • Four Nurseries Claim UF Ties In Medical Marijuana Applications
    February 7,  2016
    Four of the 24 nurseries that were vying for licenses to grow medical marijuana in Florida stated connections to the University of Florida in the application process.
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  • Money talks at the Capitol
    February 9, 2016
    It becomes all about the money when the second-half of the legislative session begins Wednesday.
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  • House panel passes bill to ‘clean-up’ the state’s medical pot law
    January 26, 2016
    State lawmakers are taking steps to update Florida’s 2-year-old THC cannabis law during the 2016 Legislative Session.
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  • PAC powered: Following the money leads to some of Florida’s most powerful players
    January 10, 2016
    Florida’s first medical marijuana law has been bogged down by legal challenges and there’s no medicine available almost two A forest worth of trees has been clear-cut to produce reams of paper…
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  • Challenges Made to Medical Marijuana Licenses
    December 15, 2015
    Florida’s first medical marijuana law has been bogged down by legal challenges and there’s no medicine available almost two years after the law was passed. More delays could be coming.
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  • 13 challenges filed over Florida medical marijuana licenses
    December 14, 2015
    When Florida’s Office of Compassionate Care named five nurseries to grow and distribute medical marijuana in the state, many expected there would be a few challenges filed…Read More

  • Medical marijuana to expand in Florida?
    September 30, 2015
    Representatives from the governor’s office and state Legislature gathered Wednesday to hear Florida economist’s projections for revenue from a potential expansion of medical marijuana.
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  • Medicinal Marijuana nurseries post performance bond
    December 10, 2015
    Nurseries are required to begin dispensing medicinal marijuana by August. A handful of proposed bills would increase the number of patients legally eligible to use the drug.
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  • Nurseries gearing up for pot protests, lobbyist says
    December 10, 2015
    A medical marijuana lobbyist said a half-dozen Florida nurseries that had applied but failed to become growers “are thinking seriously about protesting” the state’s license-award process.
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  • Medical Marijuana Comes To Florida
    November 24, 2015
    An Alachua County grower was among five selected by the Florida Department of Health to grow and sell medical marijuana to patients who qualify under the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act.
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  • State announces companies authorized to sell low-THC medical marijuana
    November 23, 2015
    Five Florida nurseries, including two from Miami-Dade County, were selected Monday to cultivate and distribute the first legal marijuana in the state, opening the door to the sale and distribution of the non-euphoric strains next year to treat patients with seizure disorders and cancer.
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    November 23, 2015
    oday, the Florida Department of Health announced the five dispensing organizations approved to provide patients with intractable epilepsy and people with advanced cancer access to low-THC cannabis. The five approved organizations are:
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  • Medical marijuana advocates hoping to extend use
    November 25, 2015
    Calling the state’s issuance of five medical marijuana cultivation licenses inadequate, advocates for patients and nurseries are redoubling their efforts to expand the list of ailments that qualify for treatment with low-potency marijuana.
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  • Florida approves 5 nurseries to grow medical marijuana
    November 23, 2015
    Five Florida nurseries, including two from Miami-Dade County, were selected Monday to cultivate and distribute the first legal marijuana in the state, opening the door to the sale of the non-euphoric strains to treat patients with seizure disorders and cancer by June of next year.Read more here: Read ...
  • “Right to Try” expansion bill adding medical marijuana passes Senate panel
    November 17, 2015
  • Could medical marijuana be Florida’s ‘Gold Rush’?
    June 19, 2015
    Research suggests that most polls show strong support for Amendment 2 and Florida’s legalization of medical marijuana.
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  • Capitol Alliance Group to lobby for Havana Ferry Partners in planned Florida-Cuba ferry
    June 22, 2015
    As America improves trade and cultural relations with Cuba, one of the ways U.S. tourists will soon be able to visit the Caribbean island is by ferry; luxury vessels offering entertainment, gambling and restaurants.
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  • Jeff Sharkey brings in another cutting-edge client
    June 19, 2014
    When it comes to an eye for cutting edge stuff, think Capitol Alliance Group — the lobbying outfit that is home to Jeff Sharkey and Taylor Biehl. Read More
  • 4th Floor Files talks with Taylor Patrick Biehl on Springsteen, loyalty and Abe Lincoln
    March 12,2015
    Today’s chapter of the “4th Floor Files” talks with lobbyist Taylor Patrick Biehl, a fan of both Bruce Springsteen and Abraham Lincoln. Read More
  • Jimmy Buffett performing at Capitol for Everglades rally
    April 8, 2015
    Crooner Jimmy Buffett will be strumming his guitar and singing today at the Capitol as part of a rally to save the Everglades. Read Article