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Medical Marijuana Initiative

Follow the money behind Florida's medical marijuana battle

Florida's proposed Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana has drawn two major groups of campaign donors. United for Care, the amendment sponsor, has attracted thousands of supporters, who, aside from leader John Morgan, most frequently give small amounts, many below $100. The Drug Free Florida Committee, the mai …


  1. Poll: Medical marijuana at 77-percent support


    The group behind a constitutional amendment to expand medical marijuana in Florida says it has widespread support among voters for the November election.

  2. Medical marijuana sure to be a boon for Florida businesses

    State Roundup

    Rosie Yagielo runs a marijuana business at the southern edge of a state where medical pot isn't available.

    Rosie Yagielo, right, runs Key Largo-based HempStaff, which provides services and technology to marijuana growers and dispensaries nationwide even though pot use is illegal in Florida. She is pictured with Lisa Richards, the company’s director of training operations.
  3. John Morgan now admits he hoped pot initiative would help elect Charlie Crist


    From Dara Kam and the News Service of Florida:

  4. Tampa City Council okays ordinance creating civil fines for small amounts of cannabis


    Tampa’s effort to ease the penalties for carrying small amounts of marijuana cleared a key hurdle Thursday as the City Council gave final approval to an ordinance establishing civil fines for the offense.

  5. House passes medical marijuana bill while Senate bill still awaits vote


    After legislators offered numerous testimonials about terminally ill friends and family members,  the Florida House voted 99-16 Thursday to approve a bill that will allow terminally ill patients to obtain full-strength medical marijuana, dramatically expanding the potential number of patients that can legally …

  6. Medical marijuana ballot language approved for 2016 in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Supporters of medical marijuana logged an important victory Thursday as the Florida Supreme Court approved the wording of a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug.

    United for Care director Ben Pollara says it’s promising the wording passed 7-0.
  7. State announces companies authorized to sell low-THC medical marijuana


    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.

    State health officials announced Monday that five Florida nurseries have been chosen 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.