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The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative: Is it Final Step for Medical Marijuana, or One More Hurdle on The Long Track to Legalization?

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[1] Florida Election Watch – Florida Division of Elections, Amendments, (last visited Nov. 29, 2016) (6,518,919 voted for the measure).

[2] Id.

[3] Fla. Const. art. XI, section 5(e).

[4] Supervisor of Elections, Leon County, 2016 General Election – Official Results (last accessed Dec. 8, 2016) (113,919 Leon County voters were in favor of the amendment, with 26,854 against).

[5] Id.

[6] Elizabeth Cohen, Health care refugees: Medical marijuana and new hope, CNN – Health (Nov. 30, 2016 3:23PM),

[7] Id.

[8] Id.

[9] Fla. Const. art. X, section 29(d)(1) (2017).

[10] Id.

[11] Id. art. X, section 29(d)(2) (2017).

[12] Florida Division of Elections, Committee Campaign Finance, (accessed Nov. 29, 2016).

[13] Fla. Const. art. X, section 29(e) (2017).

[14] Id.

[15] Marijuana Policy Project, Medical Marijuana Program Implementation Timelines, (last visited Nov. 29, 2016) (including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington; all of which can be used as a comparative snapshot of what this regulatory struggle can look like, either at an earlier or later stage of development).

[16] Id.

[17] Washington State Department of Health, Medical Marijuana, (last visited on Nov. 29, 2016).

[18] Medical Marijuana Program Implementation Timelines, Supra note 15.

[19] Fla. Stat. § 381.986.

[20] Id. § 381.986(2).

[21] Id. § 381.986(2)(c).

[22] Id. § 381.986(2)(g).

[23] Id. § 381.986(2)(b).

[24] Hilary Bricken, Hazy Days Ahead? What We Don’t Know About Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Law, Above The Law (Nov. 28, 2016, 4:20 PM),

[25] Florida Department of Health, Office of Compassionate Use: Low-THC Cannabis & Medical Cannabis – Implementation Timeline, (Oct. 2016).

[26] Id.

[27] Hilary Bricken, Florida Legalizes Medical Marijuana, So Now What? Here’s the 4-1-1, Canna Law Blog (Nov. 9, 2016),

[28] Ryan Malkin, New York Cannabis Licensing: The Basics, Canna Law Blog (Apr. 30, 2015),

[29] Illinois Cannabis Applications: From The Front Lines, Canna Law Blog (Sept. 25, 2014),

[30] Hilary Bricken, How To Get A Nevada Marijuana License. It Ain’t Easy, Canna Law Blog (June 2, 2014),

[31] Bricken supra, note 24.

[32] Id.

[33] Id.

[34] Id.

[35] Id.

[36] Id.

[37] Cohen, supra note 6.

[38] Id.

[39] Id

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