Florida: Black Farmers Finally Get a Shot at a Medical Cannabis License, but Just One of Them Will Win It
The long and convoluted history behind Florida’s weak effort to include Black farmers.
Florida Ag Commissioner Pushes for Black Farmer Access to Medical Cannabis Industry
Of the 22 medical cannabis licensees in the state, none are minority-owned cannabis businesses.
Florida Supreme Court Upholds Vertically Integrated Cannabis Industry
Despite lower courts’ view that the current medical cannabis law is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court disagreed, ending a legal battle that began in 2017.
Florida Lawmakers’ Cannabis Legalization Efforts Expand But Face High Hurdles
More lawmakers have filed bills to legalize adult use cannabis in the 2021 legislative session, which begins today, than ever before, but the opposition has hardly eased.
Florida Ag Commissioner Includes Cannabis Legalization in “Federal Partnership Plan”
On Tuesday, Commissioner Nikki Fried shared details of the plan as she stood beside a sign that listed its priorities. At the very top: “legalizing marijuana.”
Florida Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments, Again, On Key Cannabis Case
The outcome will reshape the cannabis industry in the country’s third most populous state, currently dominated by some of the most powerful cannabis companies in the US.
Florida: Cannabis Companies Spent Big to Lobby in 2019. What About 2020?
Lawmakers, regulators, and the courts are reshaping the industry, and the industry would like to be heard. But will the economy hold?
Florida: Adult Use Hopes Are Dead For 2020. But It’s Not the End
The legislature adjourned without a single hearing on a bill to legalize adult use cannabis. Its sponsor remains unfazed.
Charlotte’s Web to Lobby on Florida’s Hemp Rollout
One of the largest and oldest CBD companies hopes to shape the state’s hemp industry, expected to be among the top in the nation.
Q&A: Florida Senator Introduces Cannabis Legalization Bill As Ballot Push Ends
The campaign, backed by millions from Parallel and MedMen, will try again in 2022—if the legislature doesn’t legalize first.
Florida Cannabis Legalization Push Gets Millions in Contributions As Signature Deadline Nears
Make It Legal Florida shattered previous fundraising efforts last month. But the odds the adult use proposal will make it onto November’s ballot remain slim.
Why Florida’s Medical Cannabis Industry Is Holding Its Breath
Two courts have ruled a law regulating medical cannabis is unconstitutional, and the state Supreme Court will decide. The result could open up the industry.
Florida: A Key Committee Hears Cautionary Tales About Legal Cannabis
House lawmakers heard experts warn of public health and safety dangers from legalization, while Democrats complained about a lack of balance in the presentation.
Parallel, MedMen Dumped $1 Million Into Legalization In Florida Last Month
An industry-backed effort posted another strong month of fundraising, while a grassroots campaign continued to fall short. Both campaigns remain far from their signature goals.
Cannabis Companies Spent $330K on Lobbying in Florida Last Quarter
Parallel, formerly Surterra, the state’s second largest cannabis company, led the lobbying pack at nearly $95,000.
Q&A: Florida’s Former Lt. Governor Joins State Hemp Industry
An unrelated meeting at the USDA led former Lt. Gov Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the Hemp Industry Association of Florida.