Florida regulators have done far too little to make voter-approved
medical marijuana widely available for patients suffering from chronic
illnesses. A circuit court judge in Tallahassee ruled last week there
is a price for that obstruction, finding that in the absence of state
regulations, Tampa's Joe Redner is legally entitled to grow his own
pot for medical use. The ruling applies only to Redner, who has lung
cancer. But it's a victory for medical marijuana patients and their
advocates who should not have to wait for a stubborn bureaucracy to
get access to medical care that the Florida Constitution allows.
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It didn't get much notice because it happened the same day Speaker of
the House Paul Ryan announced his retirement, but former House Speaker
John Boehner has announced that he's joining the board of Acreage
Holdings, an investment company concentrating on the marijuana
industry. In doing so, he added that his own position on legal
marijuana had changed as public opinion had come around on the subject.
And Boehner is far from the only previously anti-pot politician to
turn into an advocate.
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TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida circuit court judge has ruled that a Tampa
man has the right to grow his own medical marijuana.
Leon County Judge Karen Gievers said on Wednesday that Joseph Redner
is entitled under state law to grow and use marijuana for juicing. The
77-year old Redner is in remission for lung cancer and is one of more
than 95,000 state residents who is registered as a medical marijuana
The ruling applies only to Redner but could open the door for others
who have said the state should allow whole-plant use.
The state's Department of Health immediately filed an appeal after the
ruling. Gievers also said in her ruling that the state continues to be
non-compliant in the implementation of Amendment 2. The amendment,
which passed in 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Florida.
Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers has ruled that Tampa strip
club owner Joe Redner has the right to grow his own marijuana.
The ruling, released Wednesday morning, applies only to Redner,
The Florida Department of Health had said Floridians are barred under
state rules from growing cannabis for their personal use, including
those who are legally registered as medical marijuana patients.
But Redner and other critics across the state say the health
department continues to create barriers for more than 95,000
registered patients in Florida that could benefit from marijuana.
Redner is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor and a registered medical
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After battling Lyme disease and other ailments for nearly 20 years,
Bridgitte Pascale tried "almost everything" to alleviate her pain
without relying on opioids.
Though doctors prescribed Percocet and muscle relaxers, she turned to
acupuncture and later medical marijuana, which she says are the "only
things that help" with the chronic aches and pains she manages daily.
Such alternative treatments are emerging as safe havens for some
patients concerned about the dangers of painkillers. But while many
swear by the benefit, health insurance generally doesn't cover them.
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A company that planned to open a medical marijuana dispensary south of
downtown Orlando is challenging the city's ordinance regulating such
businesses, alleging it violates state law.
Surterra Florida, which operates five dispensaries statewide, filed
the suit in Orange County Circuit Court last week and is asking a
judge to rule Orlando's law is "invalid and unenforceable."
Tallahassee Attorney William Hall, who filed the suit, is also seeking
a temporary injunction to keep the city from enforcing the law while
the court rules.
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GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida could start growing
industrial hemp as soon as the fall.
But the project still has to pass some hurdles before planting begins,
said Rob Gilbert, chairman of the UF/IFAS agronomy department.
The university's board of trustees approved the project Friday, and
now the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration must approve importing
industrial hemp seeds. Then the project needs to secure the $1.3
million it needs and the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services must approve a planting permit.
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Following President Trump's rollout of his administration's policy
response to the opioid crisis, it has become clear that the president
would rather waste federal resources trying to execute drug dealers
than allow Americans the option to use medical cannabis.
In his speech in New Hampshire, the president mentioned a terminally
ill patient's "right to try" experimental medications that can enhance
quality of life, but ignored the National Institute of Drug Abuse's
own grudging admission that cannabis use is linked to health
improvements in people suffering a range of diseases, from cancer to
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While opioids hold center stage in the nation's drug war,
methamphetamine is making a destructive comeback. Though meth has
largely fallen off the public's radar, seizures and arrests are up,
and more people are dying from the drug. Its evolution is a reminder
of the durability of the illegal drug supply, the impermanence of any
single enforcement tactic and the need for a comprehensive approach to
fighting and treating addiction.
Potent, addictive and deadly, meth bears many of the pernicious traits
of opioids. It became popular in the early 2000s, easily produced in
small batches using the decongestant in over-the-counter cold
medicine. In rural parts of Tampa Bay, especially eastern Hillsborough
and Pasco counties and throughout Polk County, exploding "meth labs"
routinely drew law enforcement's attention. Congress responded in 2005
with a law putting pseudoephedrine behind the counter, limiting the
amount individuals could purchase and creating a tracking system
pharmacies were required to use. Meth became much harder to make and
faded from notice, overtaken by a new drug of choice: opioids.
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Joe Redner, Tampa's outspoken strip club owner and lung cancer
patient, is confident he'll be able to legally grow his own marijuana
plants soon, after stating his case in trial before a state circuit
court judge on Wednesday.
Redner, 77, made his case against the Florida Department of Health in
a Tallahassee courtroom Wednesday on why he has a constitutional right
to grow his own marijuana plants. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen
Gievers is expected to rule on the case next week.
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SARASOTA - When the Drug Enforcement Administration was formed in 1973,
roughly 2,000 Americans were dying from overdoses each week, largely
from heroin injections. In 2016 alone, thanks to a deregulated
pharmaceutical industry, fatal overdoses -- 80 percent opioid related
- -- claimed 63,000 lives.
Or, as Peter Bensinger pointed out Thursday morning, opium-derived
drugs have exacted a higher death toll in a single year than nearly
two decades of fighting in the Vietnam War.
Appointed by President Ford in 1976 to become the nation's second DEA
director, Bensinger detailed the history of America's relationship
with the poppy to a Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning crowd
gathered at First United Methodist Church. As the leading cause of
death for U.S. residents under 50, the toll from opioids and its
synthetic counterparts today would've been unimaginable to Bensinger
when he was the nation's top drug cop.
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Seth and Danielle Hyman with their daughter Rebecca 8, of Weston, are
seeking to have a strain of marijuana legalized to help prevent
seizures in their daughter, Rebecca, in 2014. Despite the legalization
of medical marijuana, Seth Hyman said the drug is still difficult to
get for is daughter. [Miami Herald]
When Seth Hyman first began to buy medical marijuana in Florida for
his 12-year-old daughter last year, he hoped it would be the answer to
fixing her life-threatening seizures.
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Broward County Schools are hashing out plans for dealing with medical
marijuana on campus.
Under a proposed policy, students wouldn't be allowed to carry pot and
it could not be stored on campus. But a student's parent or caregiver
could bring it to school and administer it if the child has the proper
School staff would be not be allowed to handle it.
Pot use has long been banned on school campuses, but Florida voters
legalized it for medical purposes in 2016. The state Legislature last
year required schools to come up with a policy on dealing with it.
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After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission,
medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and
those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately.
State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the
dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on
them until a solution could be found.
That solution happened last month when commissioners approved a plan
to change zoning codes, paving the way for those prescribed the drug
for various medical ailments to obtain it locally.
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Florida needs to take advantage of every opportunity to bring
awareness and resources to the deadly opioid epidemic that is ravaging
communities across the state. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
comes to Tampa today to discuss federal efforts to combat the crisis,
but if he sticks to his script of late he will focus on enforcement
and punishment instead of where the attention really needs to be:
rehabilitation. Without a meaningful commitment at all levels of
government to treating addiction, this crisis will continue claiming
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A Florida judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the state's decision
to ban smokable forms of medical marijuana can proceed but without one
of the key parties.
Leon County Judge Karen Gievers ruled on Friday that three patients
suing the state can proceed because their claims that the ban impacts
them are sufficient. Gievers dismissed the motion by People United for
Medical Marijuana, which is the committee formed by Orlando attorney
John Morgan, because it lacks sufficient grounds. The organization has
10 days to file an amended lawsuit.
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Health advocates are hopeful the 2017 numbers will show a decline.
Across Florida the number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers
spiked in 2016.
According to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, 1,903
infants at Florida hospitals suffered from neonatal abstinence
syndrome in 2014. That number climbed to 2,487 in 2015 and to 4,215 in
At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, babies suffering from opioid addiction
withdrawal numbered 67 in 2014, jumped to 110 in 2015 and peaked at
114 in 2016.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Two years after lawmakers approved a needle-and-syringe
exchange program in Miami-Dade County, the House and Senate are
considering taking it statewide and expanding the types of providers
who can offer the services.
House and Senate health care-panels on Wednesday approved bills that
would allow hospitals, clinics, medical schools and substance-abuse
treatment programs to begin offering needle-and-syringe exchange
programs to try to reduce the spread of diseases such as HIV, which
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated cost nearly
$380,000 to treat over a lifetime.
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A judge is deciding whether Floridians should be allowed to consume
medical marijuana by smoking it.
Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers heard arguments Thursday on
whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on smoking.
The medical marijuana constitutional amendment voters approved in 2016
allowed the Legislature to prohibit smoking in public areas. But the
law passed in 2017 to implement the amendment banned smoking entirely.
Medical marijuana patients must vape the product, or else use patches,
oils, edibles -- any other means but the most traditional way of using
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Have they opened Pandora's box? Some Deerfield Beach city leaders
worry that's what they might've done by allowing marijuana
dispensaries in the city.
They're now trying to stop medical dispensaries from clustering
citywide by keeping them out of commercial areas that also have homes,
as well as setting rules to stop them from opening next to one another.
Mayor Bill Ganz said he doesn't want the city to become known as the
place to buy pot, even if it's just the medical kind that doesn't get
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Kratom is an herb from Southeast Asia related to the coffee family.
For centuries, people have used the kratom plant as a traditional
medicine for energy, alertness and pain relief.
It's typically either chewed or dried, ground and ingested in capsule,
smoked or served as tea.
The key psychoactive compounds that produce a "kratom high" are
mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
A low kratom dosage produces stimulant effects making people more
talkative, alert and energetic, according to a DEA fact sheet. At high
doses, kratom users can experience the drug's sedative effects, the
People can buy kratom online and at head shops, vape shops and more
recently at kava bars that serve herbal drinks.
A DeLand police officer was fired, another suspended without pay and a
third reprimanded this month after they lost methamphetamine collected
as evidence at a home over the summer, Internal Affairs documents show.
Officers Michael Mirino, John Rutherford and Thomas Gillan responded
to a home on July 14 to stand by as members of Probation and Parole
searched the Lazy River Lane home of Cameron Rando, 19, who was on
probation for grand theft and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling
according to reports released this week.
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Sarasota-based medical marijuana company AltMed Florida is poised to
begin growing its first crop of marijuana at a facility in Apollo Beach.
The Florida Department of Health authorized Plants of Ruskin -- the
nursery that is partnering with AltMed -- to begin operating the
"We have worked diligently to build what we believe will be the
most advanced indoor cultivation facility in Florida, and one of the
finest in the country," AltMed CEO John Tipton said in a press
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Palm Beach County's first medical marijuana dispensary is now open for
At noon Tuesday, Knox Medical opened the center at 1 South Dixie
Highway in Lake Worth, across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.
The dispensary occupies a former bank building in downtown Lake Worth,
and the interior resembles a dentist or doctor's office. Patients
check in at the foyer and then can proceed to a room with glass
display cases showcasing Knox Medical's products.
Knox Medical CEO Jose Javier Hidalgo said the new dispensary will
improve access to medical cannabis for everyone in South Florida.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Seemingly learning from past mistakes, state health
officials have issued an emergency rule outlining the application
process for new medical-marijuana vendors seeking to receive licenses
in two weeks.
The new rule, published Wednesday and going into effect immediately,
outsources the evaluation of the applications to "subject
matter experts," requires "blind testing" of the
applications, and includes a detailed application form --- all
departures from the Department of Health's previous medical-marijuana
regulations that spawned a series of legal and administrative challenges.
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Opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida naturally comes with
a lot of red tape.
Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance at the federal
level, despite the 29 states that have legalized it for recreational
or medicinal use in recent years. That makes it nearly impossible for
banks to fund marijuana distributing companies, which in turn makes it
hard for those companies to sign a lease for a store or warehouse or
even get insurance.
But one Orlando area community bank is willing to take on the
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On medical marijuana, the public is way ahead of officialdom.
Statewide, 71 percent of Florida voters voted in favor of the medical
marijuana amendment last November. In Flagler County, the margin was
the same. In Volusia County, 73 percent voted to approve.
Overwhelming support. Particularly in a state like Florida which is
known sharp political divisions on most issues. Even so, the
Legislature was so reluctant to pass legislation putting the amendment
into effect that nothing was approved during the regular spring session.
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The girls knew the rules, and especially the consequences. Their
father would never raise a hand to them, but he was an aficionado of
Grab a pen and paper, he would tell his two daughters, and come sit at
the kitchen table. Write down what you did wrong, and how you plan on
correcting it. Sign it, date it and make sure you spelled everything
Frank Vazquez fretted enough about Cylea and Leliana that he wouldn't
let them spend the night with friends because of all of the things
that might go on in other homes. And he was like a doorman at a fancy
high-rise when it came to who got past the threshold to visit his girls.
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Authorities found an exhaustive list of weapons, drug paraphernalia
and Nazi propaganda when they raided a trailer Tuesday morning in a
rural pocket of west central Florida, according to the Pasco County
Five felons, two of whom authorities described as documented gang
members, were arrested after deputies and a SWAT team served a search
warrant on the suburban New Port Richey mobile home, WFLA-Channel 8
Inside the trailer, which is partially obscured by thick vegetation
along a wooded street, were four firearms, ammunition, "hundreds of
pages" of miscellaneous bank account and personal identification
information, credit cards, veterans' ID cards, insurance cards,
vehicle titles, "hundreds of pages of American Nazi Family propaganda
(rules, hierarchy, oaths, etc)," opiates, meth, and drug paraphernalia
including needles and scales, deputies said.
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What's legal, what's not, and what we're waiting on in this time
between the passage of a state constitutional amendment legalizing
medical marijuana and a July deadline for the Department of Health to
institute rules and regulations.
What's legal, what's not, and what we're waiting on in this time
between the passage of a state constitutional amendment legalizing
medical marijuana and a July deadline for the Department of Health to
institute rules and regulations.
During the past six months, the number of doctors in Florida who can
recommend marijuana to patients has more than doubled from 374 to 819
as of June 2, according to state records. In Broward, Miami-Dade and
Palm Beach counties, the number also more than doubled from 130 to
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ORANGE PARK - Town Council soon will take up whether to lift Orange
Park's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, and if so, where
such establishments may open up shop within the town limits.
The Orange Park Planning and Zoning Board voting 3-1 with one member
absent July 13 recommended the council allow such dispensaries
provided they comply with certain conditions. The board's
recommendation is non-binding.
Under Florida law, medical marijuana dispensaries are treated as
pharmacies for zoning purposes. That means wherever a regular pharmacy
is allowed to operate, so is a medical marijuana dispensary.
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Oviedo City Council members this week agreed to let the city's
moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries expire Aug. 5, making it
likely that Oviedo will become the first Seminole County municipality
to allow such businesses.
Council members also directed city staffers Monday to draft an
ordinance that will treat medical marijuana dispensaries under the
same zoning regulations as pharmacies.
Pharmacies in Oviedo are allowed to operate only in certain office and
commercial zoning districts, which are mostly located along major
thoroughfares. Council members are expected to vote on a new ordinance
in the coming weeks to allow pharmacies and medical marijuana
dispensaries to operate only in certain commercial zoning districts,
but not in zoning districts for offices.
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The blond toddler pounced from the floor without warning and reached
for a toy deep within Savannah Woods' entertainment center.
She remained on the plush, beige carpet, her eyes following the
toddler through the room. In attempt to rein in the child's energy,
Woods called him back to her side and asked him to name a smiling
woman in the picture she held.
"Momma," the two-year-old said. The photograph captured Woods and her
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Scientists, public health experts and volunteers working with them
have started to show up at music festivals, concerts, raves and other
public gatherings where illicit drugs are frequently used. Equipped
with special chemical testing kits, they help attendees test pills and
powder for purity in real time so people can make better informed
decisions about whether to take them.
The practice - more common in Europe than in the United States - is
controversial, and the debate has been similar to the early days of
needle-exchange programs in the 1980s. Proponents argue harm
reduction. They say people are more likely to reject taking drugs to
get high if the substances do not contain what they think they do,
which reduces the risk of overdose and other harmful effects. Critics
say such programs implicitly encourage the use of illegal drugs.
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The medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the
passage of a bill out of the Florida Legislature on the last day of a
three-day special session.
The votes were 29-6 in the Senate and 103-9 in the House. The few no
votes were mostly Democrats who wanted fewer restrictions in the bill,
but also a few Republicans who remain against the idea of medical
marijuana on principle.
Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" will sign the bill. That means
big changes for patients, caregivers, doctors and growers, compared
with the far more limited medical marijuana law passed by the
Legislature in 2014, which resulted in seven grower/dispensers in the
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TALLAHASSEE -- Arguing that Florida legislators violated voters'
intent when they prohibited smoking for the medical use of marijuana,
the author of the state's medical marijuana amendment sued the state
on Thursday to throw out the implementing law.
John Morgan, the Orlando trial lawyer who spearheaded and financed the
successful campaign to make medical access to cannabis a
constitutional right, filed the lawsuit in Leon County Circuit Court
Thursday morning, asking the court to declare the law implementing the
2016 constitutional amendment unenforceable.
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TEMPLE TERRACE -- Dropping a giant joint in favor of the "USS
Maryjane" seemed to smooth the waters for a pro-marijuana entry in
this year's Temple Terrace Fourth of July Parade.
The new float designed by the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws featured the flag-festooned ship crewed by some
military veterans and painted with the slogan, "Hemp for Victory."
The theme plays off a World War II film from the Department of
Agriculture that praised the nation's hemp farmers for their work in
creating strong ropes from the stalks of marijuana plants for the
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It was a miscarriage of dust-ice.
A handyman spent three months behind bars after cops believed they'd
found cocaine sprinkled around his car -- until test results later
proved it was clean, according to reports.
Karlos Cash, 57, says the white powder was actually drywall -- just as
he'd been telling them all along.
"I know for a fact (that) it's drywall because I'm a handyman," he
told WFTV Orlando. "I said that continuously during the arrest stop."
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Alfred LubranoWest Chester addiction psychologist Drew Alikakos dials
a number for a local addiction treatment center that he suspects has
been illicitly re-routed to a Florida facility. His own phone number
was "hijacked" in such a manner.
Alfred Lubrano works for the enterprise team. Previously, he wrote
about poverty, and before that, he was a feature writer and columnist.
Last September, West Chester addiction psychologist Drew Alikakos made
a jarring discovery: His patients were disappearing.
Philly and Conrail to clean up 'heroin hellscape'
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida teacher tipped off drug dealers that
her detective husband was investigating them in order to get revenge
for his alleged infidelity.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday that federal
prosecutors want an eight-year sentence for 31-year-old Porsha
Session, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction.
In 2013, Session searched her then-husband's work email and found
information about a drug investigation. She says he was cheating on
her, and that to get back at him, she used a co-worker's phone at the
elementary school where she worked to call one of the dealers and
alert him that an informant had infiltrated his group. The informant
later killed himself.
Her attorneys are asking that she be sentenced to house arrest at her
June 28 hearing.
Maybe it was the ski masks that did it.
Or it could have been the steely look in the eyes of Lake County,
Fla., Sheriff Peyton Grinnell as he deadpanned: "We are coming for
Perhaps it was the muted background music: an eerie melody that
wouldn't have been out of place in a Batman movie.
In the end, what could have been an unremarkable public service
announcement about opioid abuse in Lake County spread widely on the
internet, garnering about a million views on the Facebook page of the
sheriff's office, where it was first posted Friday. It sparked
concerns about police militarization and drew more than a few
comparisons to Islamic State recruitment videos.
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TAMPA -- Four years ago, Bree Morris faced a choice between pain relief
and being close to family.
Permanently disabled from a car crash that injured her back, Morris, 53,
moved from Florida to Colorado after voters here rejected a medical
marijuana referendum in 2012. She left her children and grandchildren with
a hunch that access to medical cannabis in Colorado would work better than
the opiates that had turned her into a "zombie."
"From that day on, my quality of life changed," she said. "I started doing
walks around the park. I started feeling better about life. I'm able to
talk and be alert and do things and even go back to school to earn my
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Caption Davie imposes temporary moratorium on medical marijuana centers
Florida health officials have started the rules-making process that will
expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana.
The Department of Health on Tuesday published the proposed rules and
announced that public hearings will be held in five cities Feb. 6-9.
Patients with one of 10 medical conditions will be able to receive medical
marijuana but it does not allow for more distributing organizations. There
are currently seven licensed, with one more case under an administrative
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Dr. [name redacted], 50, of Parkland, was arrested Wednesday on
prescription drug allegations at his Wilton Manors practice, according to
the Drug Enforcement Administration. (Sun Sentinel / Drug Enforcement
A Broward doctor and his medical assistant were arrested on prescription
drug charges Wednesday, according to the federal Drug Enforcement
Dr. [name redacted], 50, of Parkland, was arrested after a six-month
investigation that showed he illegally supplied methamphetamine to some of
his patients at his Wilton Manors practice, authorities said. He is also
accused of dispensing medically unnecessary prescriptions to use with the
methamphetamine "to further enhance the patient's altered state of mind,"
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TALLAHASSEE -- Even as the state prepares to carry out a constitutional
amendment authorizing medical marijuana, a lack of guidance from health
officials could create a "very murky and dangerous legal area" for
patients and doctors.
Authors of the amendment, industry insiders and legislative leaders have
called on the Department of Health to clarify what doctors and dispensing
organizations can legally do under existing state laws and the
voter-approved amendment that went into effect Tuesday.
To date, the health agency has remained mum, referring only to the
language of the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters
in November and to state laws approved in 2014 and 2016.
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Officials were expecting the measure to go before the County Commission in
February or March. But several things have changed since the county's
Public Safety Coordinating Council passed a version of the bill in August,
and officials from at least two of the county's cities are opposed to
opting in should the county pass an ordinance. Matt Bruce @Matt_BruceDBNJ
It's been about five months since Flagler County leaders last discussed
the prospect of a proposed countywide adult civil citation ordinance that
could give law enforcement the discretion to cite rather than arrest
people caught with small amounts of marijuana.
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[photo] Oxycodone pain pills.
It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into
his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles
of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.
"Any sweats?" a nurse asked him as she adjusted his blood pressure cuff.
"Last night it was really bad, but not since I got up," replied Evard, 70,
explaining that he'd awakened several times with his sheets drenched.
Even for him, it was hard to understand how he ended up 300 miles away
from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., at this bucolic facility in the
suburbs of Vegas. "This is the absolute first time I ever had anything
close to addiction," he said. He prefers to use the term "complex
dependence" to describe his situation: "It was, shall we say, a big
surprise when it happened to me."
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Dr. Joseph Dorn has had a unique vantage
point when it comes to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in
Dorn was the medical director of Surterra Therapeutics, which is one
of the six dispensing organizations licensed to grow and distribute
medical cannabis in the state. He resigned from that position two
months ago and has opened a medical marijuana treatment center as
Amendment 2 takes effect on Tuesday.
The constitutional amendment, which was approved by 71 percent of
Florida voters, allows higher-strength marijuana to be used for a
wider list of medical ailments. However, the true measure of what the
amendment means won't be immediately seen until a new set of rules are
adopted and implemented by the Florida Legislature and the Department
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Kudos for pot vote
Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city of Orlando recently passed, 4-3, the initial
vote to deprioritize arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
I'm thankful for Dyer and Commissioners Regina Hill, Patty Sheehan and
Robert Stuart for their support of the ordinance. I, unfortunately, left
the City Council meeting feeling disappointed in Commissioner Samuel Ings
for voting against it.
We live in a society where young black men and boys have been a target of
the war on drugs. Ings argues that this policy would tarnish the image of
Orlando as a family vacation destination.
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