Pursuant to the law passed earlier this year which implemented Amendment Two (medical marijuana), Florida was required to issue additional licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers (the entities that grow, distribute and sell medical marijuana) to bring the number of licenses up to ten by October 3, 2017.

Florida has missed this deadline due to

A lawsuit was recently filed which challenges the constitutionality of part of the Florida law implementing Amendment Two (medical marijuana).  A key part of the law was expanding the number of growing licenses that would be awarded to farmers/operators in the lucrative medical marijuana business.

The law implementing Amendment Two called for an overall increase

Florida continues to make forward progress on implementation of Amendment Two (medical marijuana) with additional licenses and dispensaries being approved or opened around the state.

License News

Three new licenses are being added in Florida.

Dispensary News

The following municipalities in Florida are moving forward with medical marijuana dispensaries:

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017.  The bill, which Senator Booker first announced on Twitter and then described more fully on Facebook Live, aims to end the federal prohibition on cannabis with a multi-faceted approach.  First, the bill seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Act to declassify marijuana

As a follow up to my post on the City of Boynton Beach having its regulations overturned by Florida state law, other Florida municipalities are debating medical marijuana dispensaries.

Those adopting or extending moratoriums on dispensaries:

The City of Boynton Beach, Florida wanted to be ready for the implementation of Amendment 2 (medical marijuana) so they set up their own limits on dispensaries that included the following:

  • One dispensary per 67,000 residents;
  • Location was limited to one part of town the community commercial district;
  • No drive-throughs;
  • Limited hours.

Boynton has now

As noted in my prior post, when the Florida Legislature finally passed laws to implement Amendment 2 (medical marijuana) it did not include smoking as a permissible use for medical marijuana.

And, as expected, litigation has been filed to allow medical marijuana to be smoked. The Florida law does permit vaping of medical marijuana.  

In advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing held June 19, 2017, New Jersey State Senator Nick Scutari released the text of Senate, No. 3195, or SB 3195, the long-awaited bill legalizing cannabis in New Jersey. In a statement announcing the bill in mid-May, Senator Scutari, the bill’s sponsor, stated, “Now is the time to

By way of background see my posts here, herehere, and here regarding the Florida Legislature’s prior efforts to pass laws to implement Amendment 2 (medical marijuana passed by Florida’s voters in November 2016) which failed in the last, regular legislative session.

However, the Florida Legislature has now, via special session, finally

See my posts here, herehere, and here regarding the Florida Legislature’s efforts to pass laws to implement Amendment 2 (medical marijuana passed by Florida’s voters in November 2016) which failed in the last legislative session.

Now, Florida’s legislatures head back to Tallahassee for a special session from June 7th to June