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Written by attorney Donald A Pumphrey Jr. | Feb 9, 2017

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, http://enight.elections.myflorida.com/Constitutional/Amendment.aspx (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 http://enr.electionsfl.org/LEO/Summary/1601/ (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), http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/28/health/health-care-refugees-part-2/. [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, https://www.mpp.org/issues/medical-marijuana/state-by-state-medical-marijuana-laws/medical-marijuana-program-implementation-timeline/ (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, http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Marijuana/MedicalMarijuana/RulesinProgress (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), http://abovethelaw.com/2016/11/hazy-days-ahead-what-we-dont-know-about-floridas-new-medical-marijuana-law/. [25] Florida Department of Health, Office of Compassionate Use: Low-THC Cannabis & Medical Cannabis – Implementation Timeline, http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/office-of-compassionate-use/_documents/ocu-timeline.pdf (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), http://www.cannalawblog.com/florida-legalizes-medical-marijuana-so-now-what-heres-the-4-1-1/. [28] Ryan Malkin, New York Cannabis Licensing: The Basics, Canna Law Blog (Apr. 30, 2015), http://www.cannalawblog.com/new-york-cannabis-licensing-the-basics/. [29] Illinois Cannabis Applications: From The Front Lines, Canna Law Blog (Sept. 25, 2014), http://www.cannalawblog.com/from-the-front-lines-il-dispensary-applications/. [30] Hilary Bricken, How To Get A Nevada Marijuana License. It Ain’t Easy, Canna Law Blog (June 2, 2014), http://www.cannalawblog.com/better-put-up-the-points-for-a-nevada-marijuana-license/. [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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