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2178008 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2014-05-02 14:34:58.0 UTC 2014-05-02T10:34:58.000-04:00 true ag-dept-doesnt-track-30-year-farmers-cited-in-marijuana-bill published 2014-05-02 15:42:56.0 UTC 2014-05-02T11:42:56.000-04:00 The last-minute amendment tucked into the House marijuana bill is getting some opposition in the Senate, where Democrats want to strip it from the bill when it's up for final passage in that chamber today. The provision requires that nurseries with inventories of over 400,000 plants and who have been operating in Florida for 30 years are the only ones who qualify to be distributors of medical marijuana. It was amended to the bill with no discussion by Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which tracks nursery registration, has a database that only dates back to 1988. They told the Herald/Times they are going through their paper records to come up with a list to see who qualifies. Meanwhile, here's what the database shows: * 30 nurseries with an inventory of over 400,000 that have been in business 26 years or longer. * 33 nurseries with an inventory of over 400,000 that have been in business 20-25 years. * 34 nurseries with an inventory of over 400,000 that have been in business 1-20 years. So who qualifies? Caldwell said he has been told there are 35 nurseries who fit the requirements. DACS said it will try to get a list by the end of the day. Mary Ellen Klas the-buzz-florida-politics medical_marijuana, Legislature_2014 true Ag Dept database doesn't track 30-year farmers cited in marijuana bill false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2014/05/02/1399041467-ag-dept-doesnt-track-30-year-farmers-cited-in-marijuana-bill BlogArticle The last-minute amendment tucked into the House marijuana bill is getting some opposition in the Senate, where Democrats want to strip it from the bill when it's up for final passage in that chamber today.medical_marijuana, Legislature_2014medical_marijuana, Legislature_2014Mary Ellen Klas 997869 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:55:10.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:55:10.000-04:00 mary-ellen-klas published 2013-02-13 19:35:34.0 UTC 2013-02-13T14:35:34.000-05:00 Mary Ellen Klas <p>Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the <i>Miami Herald</i> and co-bureau chief of the <i>Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald </i>Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the <i>Herald</i> in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for <i>Florida Trend</i> magazine and also served as a senior writer for the <i>Palm Beach Post</i>. She was bureau chief for the <i>Palm Beach Post</i> from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the <i>Palm Beach Post</i>'s Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters.</p> Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau writers DTI 50589984 Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the Herald in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for Florida Trend magazine and also served as a senior writer for the Palm Beach Post. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the Palm Beach Post's Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters. <p>Phone: 850-222-3095</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:meklas@MiamiHerald.com">meklas@miamiherald.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/MaryEllenKlas">@MaryEllenKlas</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Klas_ME_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/50589984-mary-ellen-klas AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:55:10.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:55:10.000-04:00 2289744 2016-08-16 22:30:05.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago politifact-florida-medical-marijuana-amendment-2-doesnt-allow-local the-buzz-florida-politics PolitiFact Florida: Medical marijuana Amendment 2 doesn't allow local restrictions, opponents say BlogArticle 2267867 2016-03-03 23:01:59.0 UTC 6 Months Ago house-passed-medical-marijuana-bill-while-senate-bill-still-awaits-vote the-buzz-florida-politics House passes medical marijuana bill while Senate bill still awaits vote BlogArticle 2263082 2016-01-28 00:05:43.0 UTC 7 Months Ago medical-marijuana-initiative-will-appear-on-ballot-this-november the-buzz-florida-politics Medical marijuana initiative will appear on ballot this November BlogArticle <p>The <a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2014/05/medical-cannabis-bill-includes-special-carve-out-for-florida-growers-but-who.html" target="_self">last-minute amendment tucked</a> into the House marijuana bill is getting some opposition in the Senate, where Democrats want to strip it from the bill when it's <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/01/4092364/house-oks-medical-marijuana-bill.html" target="_self">up for final passage in that chamber today</a>.</p> <p>The provision requires that nurseries with inventories of over 400,000 plants and who have been operating in Florida for 30 years are the only ones who qualify to be distributors of medical marijuana. It was amended to the bill with no discussion by Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres.</p> <p>The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which tracks nursery registration, has a database that only dates back to 1988. They told the Herald/Times they are going through their paper records to come up with a list to see who qualifies. Meanwhile, here's what the database shows:&nbsp;<br /><br />* 30 nurseries with an inventory of over 400,000 that have been in business 26 years or longer.</p> <p>* 33 nurseries with an inventory of over 400,000 that have been in business 20-25 years.</p> <p>* 34 nurseries with an inventory of over 400,000 that have been in business 1-20 years.</p> <p>So who qualifies? Caldwell said he has been told there are 35 nurseries who fit the requirements. DACS said it will try to get a list by the end of the day.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:23:18