Category: Marijuana

Medical marijuana implementation collapses on dispensary issue

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, May 18, 2017

How many retail dispensaries should a medical marijuana treatment center reasonably operate? The Florida House thinks it’s around 100 dispensaries per treatment center, but the Senate thinks it should be around 5. This disagreement has stalled the implementation of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment, to the consternation of many who voted for it. The bill looks dead for now. A spokesperson for the Department of Health said they continue to review public comments. If the agency makes rules at this point, litigation is expected. "The legislature chose political gamesmanship over the will of 71 percent of voters," said the executive director of Florida for Care. "The House got to poke the Senate in the eye one last time, but the real... Read More »

Do you think Drug Free America should make marijuana policy?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, April 14, 2017

Drug Free America and its lobbying arm, Save Our Society From Drugs, opposed last year’s amendment to allow wider use of medical marijuana in Florida. Now, despite 71 percent of voters having an opposing view, the group is having a major impact on how the medical cannabis program is being structured. Some argue their impact is oversized. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Drug Free America sent lawmakers a list of suggestions, and 43 of them have already made it into the bill. By contrast, none of the language suggested by Florida for Care, one of the amendment’s authors, made it into the bill. "The suggestion that Drug Free America should be involved in the implementing language is absolutely ludicrous,"... Read More »

It’s impossible to accurately measure THC impairment. Now what?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, April 6, 2017

In a recent appellate case in another state, a DUI defense attorney brought forward some pretty compelling evidence that the usual methods police use to determine whether someone is under the influence simply don’t apply to marijuana. No level of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive compound, has been shown to cause more impairment than someone would experience at a 0.05 blood alcohol level. Moreover, there’s currently no Breathalyzer-style test for THC impairment because no "red line" level for illegal driving has been established. Florida, like about half of the states and the District of Columbia, has legalized marijuana for at least some purposes. Here, marijuana is allowed for certain medical purposes. Even someone with a medical marijuana card, however, is prohibited from... Read More »

What are the supposed medical benefits of marijuana?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Sunday, February 19, 2017

In Florida and throughout the country, much of society is at the point where the conversation about marijuana centers around the legal changes that have occurred. There are layers of complexities and a history that has led to the recent changes to marijuana laws.  The major reason why the drug laws have loosened in the U.S., including here in Florida, is due to the alleged medical benefits of the controversial substance. What are those supposed medical uses that have swayed Tampa voters to open up their minds to expanding medical marijuana options? But let’s take it down to a more scientific level.  AIDS: The FDA approves the use of THC from marijuana to be used among AIDS patients. In these... Read More »

What are holdups with Florida’s marijuana laws?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, January 30, 2017

In November, Florida voters chose to expand the legalization of medical marijuana in the state. A few months have now passed. We have a new president (as if you didn’t know), and local residents of the state are left with many questions about Florida’s marijuana law changes.  Governments (both state and federal) tend to take drug laws seriously. The debate over marijuana use is consistent and passionate; therefore, it isn’t surprising that change might come slowly and with layers of complexity.   The following are just some of the questions that lawmakers and other interested parties in Florida are currently addressing: Who can manufacture marijuana? The health department in Florida proposes that just seven licensed growers be able to grow... Read More »

Why your property is likely at-risk in a drug case

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marijuana laws are changing. They are changing across the country, as well as right here in Florida. When drug laws become less strict, people might too easily believe that they are protected. If you become the target of a drug crime investigation, for example, you might think that the authorities will regard you and your property with more care, with more respect. Let’s discuss a reality of a drug regulation in Florida that might lead to upset for some. A portion of state statute 893.10 says that the equipment you might have invested money into for the growth and manufacturing of marijuana could turn into a major loss for you. Why? If authorities have a supposed drug case against you... Read More »

Questions about marijuana laws as natural as the drug itself

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Saturday, November 19, 2016

In our past post we shared how the recent election results included Florida’s approval to expand medical marijuana laws in the state. It is a potential change worth discussing further.  It might be most helpful to discuss the current medical marijuana laws and then to clarify what some of the basic changes will be in comparison. First off, here are the basics of Florida’s current pot regulations in terms of medical use: Conditions that make a patient eligible for medical marijuana use are cancer, seizure disorders, regular and severe muscle spasms. Terminally-ill patients also may be eligible. Only low-THC cannabis is used for medicinal uses in Florida. Medicinal use does not include the smoking of cannabis. The drug cannot be... Read More »

Florida marijuana vote will change drug law landscape

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Florida voters might be less wrapped up in the reality that Donald Trump won the election than others in the country. Why? Because Florida voters chose by a large majority to expand the legalization of medical marijuana.  In the recent past, a similar proposed amendment was rejected. In this election, more than 70 percent of those who hit the polls voted to change the very limited medical marijuana laws in order to expand the laws and, therefore, help more patients in the state with certain medical conditions. While voters are either celebrating or worrying about the success of the proposed amendment, it is also important to go beyond the feelings about the vote and to discuss the legal complexities. First... Read More »

Marijuana for personal use?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, September 9, 2016

Two Florida men were arrested last week for possession of marijuana. One of the men claimed the large quantity, more than 20 grams of marijuana according to the charges, was not for resale or distribution, but his personal use. Apparently, he was simply attempting to be thrifty and buy his drugs in bulk. The problem was, when the Florida Highway Patrol trooper left the two men in the back of his patrol car, they continued to talk and the vehicle was equipped with an in-car camera, which recorded their exchange. According to the trooper, they contradicted the statement that they did not realize how much marijuana they had in the vehicle during their conversation. The vehicle stop occurred as many... Read More »

How 2016’s marijuana ballot measures could shape drug policy

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, September 2, 2016

It may seem hard to believe but we are now just a little over two months away from Election Day 2016. While Floridians will be called upon to decide who should hold offices at both the state and federal level on November 8, they will also be called upon to decide a host of ballot measures, including Amendment 2, which calls for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Interestingly enough, however, Florida won’t be the only state in which voters will determine an important marijuana-related measure. Indeed, eights other states have measures on their ballots that could fundamentally change their respective stances toward marijuana and by extension, America’s longstanding drug policy. Voters in Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Arizona... Read More »