Get Ready Florida, The Largest Medical Cannabis Conference Will Be Here in a Few Days
This must-attend conference will include presentations from….
Michael Minardi– Senior Partner, Minardi Law
Ron Watson– President & Senior Lobbyist, Watson Strategies
Bruce Barcott– Deputy Editor, Leafly.com
Dennis P. St. Pierre-Charles- Director of Programs
Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition
Alexander Nachman– Cannabis Investment Analyst
Pete Sessa – COO of Florida Cannabis Coalition
Keith Bell– Shareholder, Clark Partington Attorneys At Law
Scott Remington– President & Managing Shareholder, Clark Partington Attorneys At Law
Craig Smalley – CEO at CWSEAPA
Erik Range– Board Chair, Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana
Jeffrey Friedland – CEO – Friedland Global Capital Inc
Dr. Genester Wilson- King -CEO and Medical Director – Victory Rejuvenation Center, Inc
Dr. Paul Carney– Professor, Chief of Pediatric Neurology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Dr. Mark Hashim– Lead Physician – The Herbal Clinic MD
Tricia Zirit, RN– How Patients Consume Medical Cannabis
Dr. Malik Burnett– Resident Physician, Johns Hopkins
Dr. Jenny Wilkins- ageVital Pharmacy, Research & Wellness
Dr. Vipul Kabaria – Pain Management Specialist
Once fully established, Florida will be one of the largest markets in the country. Interest in the business opportunities here is very large And will not only add to the diversity of our local economy but will also be a much needed boost, creating thousands of job in the cannabis sector for Floridians.
May 19- 21
5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
For Industry: National Perspectives Current Opportunities in Florida Government Regulations & Policies Legal Concerns Running a Medical Cannabis Business Opportunities for Investment Banking Marijuana Related Business Tax Strategies Learning from Industry Successes & Challenges.How to Include Minority Groups
For Healthcare Professionals: History of Cannabis Function of Cannabinoids Emerging Cannabinoid-based Therapies Cannabis Research Ordering Cannabis for Qualified Patients Dosing Medical Cannabis & PTSD How Patients Consume Cannabis Incorporating Cannabis into Your Practice.
$97 to $497
get your tickets HERE this event will sell out!
THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE REGISTRATIONS!
Speculation about the DOJ’s approach to states with legal cannabis laws under president Donald Trump has led to many hypothetical best and worst case scenarios.
The first declarative statement on cannabis since trump election was a strongly worded letter from the US attorney to a sovereign native American reservation. This marks the first blow to the US DOJ not respecting states cannabis laws.
An exclusive report by the Reno Gazette-Journal revealed a stern letter of warning, sent by U.S. Attorney General Daniel Bogden to the Moapa Paiute Tribe, which is scheduled to host the cup on their sovereign tribal reservation just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the letter, Bogden informs the tribe that the DOJ is aware of its intentions to host the event and reminds them that cannabis is still illegal under federal law.
“I am informed that the tribal council is moving forward with the planned marijuana event referred to as the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup because it is under the impression that the so-called ‘Cole Memorandum’ and subsequent memoranda from the Department of Justice permit marijuana use, possession and distribution on tribal lands when the state law also permits it,” Bogden wrote. “Unfortunately, this is an incorrect interpretation of the Department’s position on this issue.”
Tribal Chairman, Darren Daboda, told the Gazette-Journal that the tribe is not attempting to promote illegal activity and that he believes they are within their rights.
“To us, we’re looking at it as utilizing our sovereignty… as long as [marijuana] is not visible, we’re told it will be OK,” Daboda said. “The tribe is promoting it as a vendors’ crafts, food and concert event. We’re not promoting the distributor or selling [marijuana].”
High Times has responded by sending a message to vendors and attendees telling them not to bring any cannabis to the cup.
“Federal authorities have intervened directly with our host venue, the land of the Moapa Band of Paiutes,” the message said. “Our upcoming Cannabis Cup event in Nevada on March 4-5 can proceed as planned, but vendors, guests, performers and attendees are advised to comply with all local, state, and federal laws regarding the use and distribution of cannabis and cannabis related products.”
Sources tell Canna Chronicle that many vendors and businesses are canceling plans to attend the cup.
As an oregonian, I see a dispensary ever 10 blocks or so. If you go down division street between 22nd and 39th there are three dispensaries (all of which I love and have as contacts in my cell phone). Suffice it to say America is becoming greener and greener. This makes you start to question the people you see everyday. Are they a stoner? perhaps they smoke every once and awhile if a friend offers them a hit at a party. That’s a great person to hangout outside the stoner circle but if you’re on the look out to tell if your co-worker, relative, new found love interest, etc is a true stoner (i.e.. has at some point spent more than $15 on a single Taco Bell order) you have to put down your joint and grab your sleuthing hat! I have no idea why you have a sleuthing hat but once you have one on get to work. For a lot of these tell all signs you have to gain access to his all secret man space. Aka go to his apartment and check things out for yourself.
Assuming you have gained that living area access we previously discussed, next time as you walk through the doorway ask yourself this: do you question if you have entered into a glass shop? An occasional smoker might have a pipe, perhaps a bong that they are super proud of but being a true stoner we know they got for like $40 at some random head shop his frat boy friends told him was cool.
However, us true stoners can’t help but have a plethora of pipes, lighters galore, bongs, rolling papers, empty dispensary bottles everywhere, the slight smell of multiple bong spills, etc. Taking inventory of a stoners possessions should be like working stocking day for Mary Poppins handbag: Long and never ending.
You’ve never seen your man change a light bulb and you’ve never seen him jack up a car, however, what you have seen is him make a gravity bong out of an old Gatorade bottle. Somehow though the common practices of handy work may pass right by your man, when the time calls for it he will instantly become the MacGyver of stoners. No Bong? no problem! Have an apple? Maybe a water bottle? prescription bottle? No you don’t, and that’s because the guy in question has already turned them into some sort of smoking device.
Have you ever seen a girl standing in Victoria’s Secret with their boyfriend? Usually the girl isn’t trying on sexy lingerie while the boy stares in wonder at the potential of seeing this on his lady later! No. Instead it is a girl spraying body mist all around as her boyfriend stares at his phone leaning on one leg as he tries to conserve his energy for the rest of what will surely be a long trip to the mall. She basks in the falling petals of flowery heaven. Usually these girls, I certainly have been one, will even turn to the boyfriend and ask; ‘how does this one smell’ the boy does not know nor care. This being said, when you walk into a stoner dudes place of living you are instantly overwhelmed with the suffocating empowerment of febreze. You will cough as the cloud overtakes you. Basically a stoner will make sure to always keep a stash of candles or febreze scattered across his room and to remind you what it’s like to be a guy at Victoria’s Secret.
A big house give away is if you see towels on the floor next to doors. If he just leaves the towel on the floor he has to be smoking enough to the point that leaving one, of the probably only 2 towels this man owns, on the floor. No longer can Ace be referred to as an occasional smoker, that there reaches title of stoner.
One of my favorite and best qualities of a smoking boy is his listening abilities. Guys have a haunting stereotype for being bad listeners. Which clashes oddly with the common persona of talkative girls. In the rare connection of two perfect stoners something magical happens; Those two personas disappear and are replaced with the personality of someone who is high. High people are known to be loving and passionate. They will listen to your story and their mouth will fall in bewilderment, their hands will fly in excitement, and their eyes will widen in suspense. They take a larger sense of passion in what you tell them, a feeling that reminds you why you love those red eyed sweetheart stoners.
This giveaway can be super easy if you just pay attention. Men are creatures of habit, which plays into their free time as well. What they do one weekend they are probably going to do the following one as well; Did they go out and party? Stay home with a book? Go get burgers with friends? Listen to their stories to find out if they smoke. Most people that do are happy to tell people about their fun adventures. What makes it easy is that even if they don’t say they were smoking, you can usually tell if someone was high in their story. If they attended a party they were probably drinking however if they excitedly tell you about getting Carl’s Jr. Taco’s at 2am (and that being the highlight of the night) than they were probably really high.
Originally posted in TheLedger.com
Black adults were five times more likely to be arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana than white residents in Polk County’s largest two cities in 2015. Black juveniles were arrested at a rate six times higher than white juveniles for possession.
Though making up 20 percent of Lakeland’s population, based on 2014 U.S. Census estimates, blacks comprised 57 percent of the 405 arrests of adults for misdemeanor possession. Black juveniles were arrested at a rate six times higher than white juveniles with 30 arrests to 19.
In Winter Haven, black residents made up 28 percent of the city’s population but accounted for 63 percent of the 137 arrests of adults for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Of the 28 juveniles arrested in Winter Haven, 13 were black, 13 were white, meaning black juveniles were more than twice as likely to be arrested than white juveniles. No race was indicated or recorded for two of the arrests.
The Lakeland City Commission is scheduled to discuss whether to decriminalize marijuana inside the city during a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollingsworth Ballroom at The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St.
The arrest statistics do not assume the Latino or Hispanic origin of the person arrested. Census surveys account for Hispanic or Latino origin separately from race. There can be black Hispanics and white Hispanics.
Officials in the two biggest cities in the county say arrests are not based on race.
“The arrests are what they are,” Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens said. “It depends on the actions of someone.”
Giddens said many of the arrests could have been connected to additional charges the defendant faces.
Winter Haven Deputy Chief David Brannan agreed.
He said, of the 165 cases, 52 involved additional charges, such as domestic violence or possession of other, stronger drugs.
“We deploy where crimes have been occurring,” Brannan said. “We don’t pick where crimes are occurring.”
Prosecutors said they handled 1,543 misdemeanor marijuana cases in 2015, including 334 diversions. The State Attorney’s Office diversion program enables defendants to avoid a conviction if they complete the program. After that, defendants can seek to have their arrest records sealed and expunged.
One item not included in a request for data by The Ledger was the race of each defendant prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office.
Incoming State Attorney Brian Haas said there is no need to track prosecutions by racial breakdown. He said prosecutors review specifics of each case and the criminal history of the defendant.
“The race of the defendant does not have anything to do with that analysis,” Haas said.
The number of misdemeanor violations for marijuana in Lakeland was made public earlier this year following a request by City Commissioner Justin Troller.
Troller has been the most vocal in a push to discuss the decriminalization of the drug. City commissioners in Lakeland plan to discuss the decriminalization of marijuana at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollingsworth Ballroom at The Lakeland Center.
Supporters of decriminalization want to make possession of under 20 grams a civil citation, similar to a parking ticket.
“I’m leaning toward favoring it,” Troller said of a possible upcoming vote to decriminalize. “These policies affect the middle class at a much greater rate than an affluent person.”
Troller said he doesn’t have a problem with police departments sending more officers to areas that have more crime, but he said arrests and prosecution of people for small amounts of pot can ruin a person’s life.
“There is no value to it at all,” Troller said, adding that costs and an arrest record damage a young person’s ability to find a good job.
Giddens is opposed to decriminalization, saying it sends the wrong message to young people and that commissioners need to “hold the line at marijuana.”
The discussion of decriminalization comes after the recent release of a report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch that shows:
• Black adults were more than 2½ times as likely as white adults to be arrested for drug possession in 2015.
• Nearly half of all drug possession arrests — more than 574,000 — were for marijuana possession. By comparison, there were 506,681 arrests for violent crimes.
• In 2014, black people were nearly six times more likely than white people to be in prison for drug possession.
• Black adults were more than four times as likely to be arrested as white adults in the 39 states that provided sufficient data.
Tess Borden, a fellow at the ACLU and Human Rights Watch, said it’s highly likely that residents aren’t as concerned about police arrests for drug possession as they are stopping violent crimes.
“Some departments reward arrests,” said Borden, who wrote the report. “There is a problem with saying you measure productivity by arrest numbers because police go out and bust for drugs.”
She noted that, although there has been a drop in violent crime arrests since 1995, the number of arrests for all drug possession, including marijuana, has increased by 13 percent.
And although police may be patrolling where there is crime, Borden said, marijuana arrests aren’t the crimes people are worried about.
“People don’t believe this is the No. 1 safety concern,” Borden said of marijuana arrests.
Central Florida NORML and Floridians For Cannabis is Working with the city of Lakeland to change this. There will be a meeting open to public discussion at The Lakeland Center
701 W Lime St, Lakeland, Florida 33815 11/9/16 at 5:30 in the Hollingsworth Ballroom of the Lakeland Center.
If you get caught medicating on parts at Disney property you may no longer face jail time. Thanks to an ordinance passed unanimously by Osceola County commissioners.
Keep in mind, Disney property covers both Osceola and Orange County. If you get caught in Orange County, they will still throw you in a cage and treat you like a criminal. They don’t care if you’re a veteran batting with PTSD or looking for a safe alternative to opiates. In Orange County, they don’t care. Similar to lakeland.
Osceola County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance effectually decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Residents with 20 grams of cannabis or less might not face jail time, and instead could be fined $100, officials say.
Commissioner Brandon Arrington said the new rule would save taxpayers’ money. He also wanted to see revenue generated from the fines funneled toward mental-health funding in the county.
“There’s an overall lack of funding for mental health in the United States, let alone Osceola,” he stated.
Chairwoman Viviana Janer agreed his motion at Monday night’s meeting.
“I think we all think this is a great ordinance,” she said. “… So we don’t necessarily have to haul everybody off to jail.”
“The board of county commissioners finds that the existing criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana and for the possession of drug paraphernalia used to administer marijuana are often disproportionate in the severity of the offense,” officials said in an agenda packet.
Other counties and cities includingTampa, Orlando,Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, Fernandina Beach, and Hallandale Beach have launched citation programs with in the last year.
Officials now have 10 days to file the ordinance with the state. It is expected to take effect 30 days after that.
St. Cloud and Kissimmee could opt out of the ordinance, officials said.
Law-enforcement officials would Have the power to arrest the offender or issue a citation.
“It gives them another tool, another option,” said county attorney Andrew Mai on Monday.
The City of Lakeland, Florida is on the verge of taking steps to reform the criminal justice system. When it comes to cannabis prohibition, Much like Tampa, Orlando, Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, Fernandina Beach, and Hallandale Beach which all launched citation programs with in the last year, Lakeland could be next.
On June 20th, the City Council for Lakeland, Florida convened and discussed the possibility of Decriminalizing Cannabis in their city.
The Council seems 50/50 on the subject, so it is VERY important to contact the city officials and to let them know your stance on the subject!
Below are the Lakeland City council members with their contact information
R. Howard Wiggs, Commissioner (2014 – 2017)
Justin Troller, Commissioner (2016 – 2019)
District: At Large
Phillip Walker, Commissioner (2016- 2019)
Bill Read, Commissioner (2016 – 2019)
Edie Yates, Commissioner (2014 – 2017)
Don Selvage, Commissioner (2014 – 2017)
Jim Malless, Commissioner (2014 – 2017)
District: At Large
Watch part of the meeting below
On March 7, 2016, an amendment was put forth by Senator Greg Evers to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in Florida. Of the 40 Florida State Senators, 36 of them voted. One of the Senator’s had been “excused” for the day due to a family issue, the Senate President, Andy Gardiner and two other Senator’s declined to vote. The result was an 18/18 split decision, a majority would have been needed for the amendment to pass. Sadly, PTSD was not added as a qualifying condition in Florida.
I contend that over half of our Senators failed not only civilian sufferers of PTSD, but our Veteran brothers and Sisters on that day. They had an opportunity to provide real assistance and they refused to do so.
Cannabis is an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this is not opinion, there is Scientific data to back this claim. There is also a plethora of “anecdotal” evidence supporting my assertion. Anecdotal evidence, to me, is just a fancy way of saying that something actually works in living, breathing, humans.
You see, when someone suffers from catastrophic symptoms such as: a heightened level of alert; when they re-experience their trauma through nightmares and flashbacks; when they are “triggered” by certain images, sounds, or smells; when they live their lives avoiding certain people, places or things out of fear; when they can’t relax; when they can’t sleep and they tell me something helps them, I believe them.
When enough people tell me that cannabis helps them “handle” these symptoms better and allows them to carry on with the activities of daily living that those who are not afflicted with this condition take for granted, I believe them. Not only do I believe them, I want to help them gain safe and legal access.
How I wish that our lawmakers in Florida could step outside of themselves and extend this same courtesy to the Floridians around them who are suffering, many of us in Silence.
You see, if they did, perhaps Drew Winkler, the 26 year old Iraqi War Veteran from Crestview Florida would still be alive today. Sadly, he’s not. Drew took his own life on Memorial day, June 2nd, 2016.
Drew became another “statistic”, one of the 22 Veterans daily, who complete suicide. Another sufferer of PTSD, another casualty of the “War on Drugs”. Are we really going to continue to send these men and women into harms way only to deny them access to a plant that they are telling us helps them cope more effectively when they return?
Are we going to accept our politicians “playing Doctor” as they decide who should receive cannabis as a treatment and who should not? Are we going to accept politicians statements before Committee meetings up at the Florida State Capital such as: “Well, I have a hard time refuting that PTSD is very frequently over diagnosed” in our Veterans, as Representative Matt Gaetz so callously commented in his address to his fellow lawmakers. Is he even qualified to “refute” such claims, I mean he’s not a Mental Health Professional, or even a Medical Doctor. How would he know about Mental Health conditions being overly diagnosed? Because the Speaker of the House told him so? This was the response I received from him when I asked him where he got his information from.
I did not know Drew but I still grieve his death, maybe more so than other “strangers”, because I failed too. I failed to convince 21 Senators in the State of Florida that cannabis is a safe and effective treatment for PTSD. I failed to convince them to vote “yes” and now a man is dead. Do I blame myself for Drew’s death, no, not really. I understand that I can’t be held accountable for someone else’s decision, but I do acknowledge my failure. I will carry it forward with me in my quest to reform antiquated, archaic, oppressive and destructive laws.
I can’t help but wonder, when will enough finally be enough? When will we decide, collectively that #Twenty22Many is unacceptable? When will we finally be ready to #StopTheHarm?
“He had sent text messages to his family, assuring them he loved them. At 5:06 a.m., he made one last post to his Facebook page.
“1 of 22 per day … (why) can’t they just help us … goodbye”
The number 22 refers to the number of veterans who reportedly commit suicide every day.”
If you were to take a guess as to what is it the fastest-growing demographic of U.S. pot users, you might say millennials, but you would be wrong. It is, to the surprise of many people, senior citizens.
Between 2013 and 2014, the number Americans over 55 who use marijuana has risen from 2.8 million to 4.3 million, according to a report by CBS news.
Among the 55 and older segment of the population, cannabis consumption is up 53 percent. This is most likely due to people seeking an alternative to prescription drugs that is safer and with fewer side effects.
Although seniors make up only 14 percent of the U.S. population, they use over 30 percent of the nation’s prescription drugs.
It’s ironic that while seniors could really benefit from cannabis use, they remain largely a demographic that is the most opposed to the reform of cannabis laws. It is very possible that because so many seniors vote, they have the power to end marijuana prohibition.
Read more here: blog.sfgate.com
North of Orlando in the Apopka, and Eustis area, are hundreds of nurseries. Some of these nurseries are sprawling greenhouses, others small mom and pop, a few boarded up after tough times possibly awaiting new owners. The focus of growing in this agricultural community ranges from perennials and annuals to evergreen house plants and ornamentals. Most of the families operating these country nurseries have lived in the area for years, they all know each other, and their sons and daughters have worked the family business for decades.
Photos of Treadwell Nursery taken by Bill Monroe
Exiting the long dirt and gravel road, I looked in the rear view mirror. Glen was still standing out front surveying his pride and joy. I wish the Treadwell’s the best in their quest for a license.