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Medical Marijuana Initiative

  1. Lobbyist muscle will be major force in medical marijuana fight

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    Last week, hundreds of hopeful patients, caregivers and business interests filled meeting rooms across the state to tell health officials how they want Florida’s medical marijuana program to go into effect after 71 percent of voters approved it.

    A House committee room is standing-room-only as lobbyists pack in for a public hearing on medical cannabis. The room was so packed, staff in the sergeant-at-arms' office had to block entrance to latecomers.
  2. Health officials wrap up week of hearings on marijuana

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    The Florida Department of Health’s fifth and final hearing on new medical marijuana rules may have been its most sparsely attended, but those who did show up largely spoke with one voice.

    Department of Health officials listen to public comment at the final rulemaking hearing for new medical marijuana rules Thursday in Tallahassee.
  3. Jeff Brandes files competing medical marijuana bill

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    State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, on Wednesday proposed new rules for medical marijuana in Florida, putting forward an idea that would compete with legislation already filed by another Senate Republican.

    State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg
  4. If medical marijuana passes, how would Rubio or Murphy advocate in the Senate?

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    If Floridians vote to legalize medical marijuana through Amendment 2 on Tuesday, the state will open its borders to a new, booming industry that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in just a few years.

    U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, left, a Democrat, voted for the medical marijuana amendment. Incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio voted against Amendment 2, but he has said before that he would support medical marijuana if it went through the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process.
  5. Out-of-state groups dominate fundraising in final months of Florida's medical marijuana fight

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    For the last two months, most of the money fueling Florida’s medical marijuana fight hasn’t been coming from Florida families hoping for patient access to medical marijuana or anti-drug activists who worry about the impact on their home state.

    John Morgan, the major funder of the Amendment 2 campaign, speaks at the Marijuana Business Conference this May in Orlando. At the event, he implored marijuana businesses to donate, saying they stood to gain if Florida legalized medical marijuana.
  6. Map: Here's where Floridians voted 'yes' on medical marijuana in 2014

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    In one week, voting ends — and Florida could become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana.

  7. Anti-medical marijuana robocalls wake voters early in morning

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    Before dawn Sunday, voters were awakened by a phone call urging them to vote against medical marijuana in Florida.