March 7, 2017

Hillsborough County Medical Marijuana Licensing Ordinance - Complete Text

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Hillsborough County
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How to Find a Complete Copy of the Hillsborough County Medical Marijuana Licensing Ordinance?

The Hillsborough County Commission just adopted the Ordinance needed for dispensaries to go forward. Of course the dispenary must still be licensed by the State of Florida, Department of Health, but this is a huge step forward.

What are the zoning requirements under the Hillsborough County Medical Marijuana Licensing Ordinance?

The Commissioners originally were to severely limit the number of licensed weed dispensaries. The final version did not include that language and opens up several parts of the county to theses providers. The complete text of the new law follows.

"Hereby adopted ‘the Hillsborough County medical marijuana licensing ordinance’, as set forth herein, to be incorporated into the Hillsborough County Code of ordinances . . ."

The Hillsborough County Medical Marijuana Licensing Ordinance

FINAL 3/1/2017 JML 


WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation legalizing marijuana for medical uses; and 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article 8 of the Florida Constitution and Section 125.66, Florida Statutes, Hillsborough County possesses the police powers to enact ordinances in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the County’s citizens; and 

WHEREAS, a comprehensive state licensing and regulatory framework for the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of Medical Marijuana exists; and 

WHEREAS, the comprehensive state licensing and regulatory framework directs that the criteria for the number and location of and other permitting requirements that do not conflict with state law or department rule for Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facilities may be determined by local ordinance; and 

WHEREAS, Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facilities licensed pursuant to the law have begun dispensing medical marijuana within unincorporated Hillsborough County; and 

WHEREAS, potential adverse impacts on the health, safety, and welfare of residents and businesses from secondary effects associated with the distribution of Medical Marijuana exist, potentially including: trespassing, theft, fire hazards, increased crime in and about a Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facility, robberies, negative impacts on nearby businesses, and nuisance problems; and 

WHEREAS, certain of the above potential adverse impacts are accentuated by the current difficulties experienced by Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facilities in obtaining banking services necessitating such businesses to operate on a cash basis; and  

WHEREAS, there exists the potential for misappropriation and diversion of Medical Marijuana to non-medical uses, and;

WHEREAS, an overabundance of dispensing facilities can affect the viability of such facilities, result in compliance issues and increased regulatory costs, lead to the improper diversion of products, and accentuate threats to the public health, safety, and welfare; and 

WHEREAS, other jurisdictions have regulated the dispensing of Medical Marijuana by limiting the number of such Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facilities permitted within a jurisdiction, to reduce threats to the public health, safety, and welfare; and  

WHEREAS, a report entitled “Municipal Dispensary License Allocation: Florida” issued by the Marijuana Policy Group has determined that the optimal number of retail Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facilities depends on the number of patients likely to register, the local area population, and the required scale of operation for dispensaries to remain profitable; and
WHEREAS, in “Municipal Dispensary License Allocation: Florida”, the Marijuana Policy Group determined that the average resident ratio among similar states, with similar medical marijuana laws, is one Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facility for 67,222 residents; and  

WHEREAS, there is a need to adopt requirements for the identification and regulation of businesses carrying out the delivery of Medical Marijuana within unincorporated Hillsborough County; and 

WHEREAS, there is a need to adopt health, safety, and welfare regulations to avoid adverse impacts on the community which may arise from the distribution of Medical Marijuana; and 

WHEREAS, there is a need to ensure that the population of the unincorporated County will have access to the best qualified Medical Marijuana Dispensing Businesses, while at the same time maintaining competition in the industry; and  

WHEREAS, other Florida jurisdictions that allow Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facilities have implemented effective regulatory and enforcement systems that address the adverse impacts that such facilities could pose to public safety, health, and welfare; and 

WHEREAS, an effective regulatory system governing the Delivery and Dispensing of Medical Marijuana, as provided for in this ordinance, will address potential adverse impacts to the public health, welfare, and safety consistent with Florida law; and  

WHEREAS, it is not the purpose or intent of this section to restrict or deny access to Medical Marijuana as permitted by Florida law, but instead to enact reasonable restrictions intended to protect the public health, safety, and welfare; and  

WHEREAS, Hillsborough County has determined it is in the public interest to adopt this ordinance pursuant to its police powers and Section 381.986, Florida Statutes, as well as other applicable state laws and provisions of the Florida Constitution, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public; 


February 18, 2017

Driving Under the Influence Checkpoint

DUI checkpoint on Friday, February 17 to Saturday, February 18.  Officers will be stationed near the 7200 block of Adamo Drive  from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.  

February 8, 2017

Medical Marijuana Rules Hearing in Tampa - Live Coverage

Standing room only at Amendment 2 cannabis rules hearing.
Florida Cannabis Dispensary Rules
I spent most of the morning at the University of South Florida where are the Florida Department of Health is having hearings on exactly what the rules will say after passage of Florida's Amendment 2.

Standing Room Only at Marijuana Rules Hearing

It was standing room only I will post the agenda and some pictures soon. A cancer researcher and physician spoke passionately on issues of nausea relief at the hearing -  not a single speaker was in favor of more restrictive rules at the Florida cannabis laws hearing.

Probably should support NORML to advocate for fair Florida cannabis laws. For at least 2 hours, panelists listened to sufferers complain that weed doctors will not prescribe because of a 90-day rule limitation or until these cannabis rules are written.

Not #FakeNews

There were many members of the mainstream media at the hearing - this is not fake news. These Regulators will be tin-eared, if they draft more restrictive rules than Amendment 2 allowed.

We were at the University of South Florida Research Park covering the Florida Department of Health rulemaking hearing.

February 7, 2017

Florida Virtual Beach

This is a Photosphere taken with a special Nexus camera. In two minutes the camera captures several images and then assembles them into a single image where the viewer can be immersed. On a tablet, the image will move to view in all directions. In a virtual headset, it will put you on the beach.

Click or tap the screen and zoom, drag left, right, up, and down. Bring your sunscreen.

Beach Photosphere

Take a look around.


February 6, 2017

How to Find a Weed Doctor in Florida? Here's a Map

Florida Medical Marijuana Weed Doctors
Florida Weed Docs Map
For those looking for a weed doctor in Florida - we present this map.

How to Find a Weed Doctor to get MMJ in the State of Florida

The medical marijuana / weed doctor map will be kept as current as possible.

#weed #mmj


January 26, 2017

Florida Medical Marijuana Law - Complete Proposed Text of Senate Bill

Below is the complete text of the Florida Senate Bill of the proposed
Medical Marijuana Statute in Florida. It will be called:

"An act relating to compassionate use of low-THC cannabis and marijuana."

Florida Medical Marijuana Law - Complete Proposed Text of Senate Bill, #CannabisLaw, #MedicalMarijuana, #Cannabis, #Florida 


    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to compassionate use of low-THC
    3         cannabis and marijuana; amending s. 381.986, F.S.;
    4         defining and redefining terms; authorizing physicians
    5         to issue physician certifications to specified
    6         patients who meet certain conditions; authorizing
    7         physicians to make specific determinations in
    8         certifications; requiring physicians to meet certain
    9         conditions to be authorized to issue and make
   10         determinations in physician certifications; requiring
   11         written consent of a parent or legal guardian for the
   12         treatment of minors; requiring that certain physicians
   13         annually reexamine and reassess patients and update
   14         patient information in the compassionate use registry;
   15         revising criminal penalties; authorizing a distance
   16         learning format for a specified course and reducing
   17         the number of hours required for the course; providing
   18         that physicians who meet specified requirements are
   19         grandfathered for the purpose of specified education
   20         requirements; authorizing qualifying patients to
   21         designate caregivers; requiring caregivers to meet
   22         specified requirements; prohibiting a qualifying
   23         patient from designating more than one caregiver at
   24         any given time; providing exceptions; requiring the
   25         Department of Health to register caregivers meeting
   26         certain requirements on the compassionate use
   27         registry; revising the entities to which the
   28         compassionate use registry must be accessible;
   29         requiring the department to adopt certain rules by a
   30         specified date; authorizing the department to charge a
   31         fee for identification cards; requiring the department
   32         to begin issuing identification cards to qualified
   33         registrants by a specific date; providing requirements
   34         for the identification cards; requiring the department
   35         to register certain dispensing organizations as
   36         medical marijuana treatment centers by a certain date;
   37         requiring the department to register additional
   38         medical marijuana treatment centers in accordance with
   39         a specified schedule; deleting obsolete provisions;
   40         revising the operational requirements for medical
   41         marijuana treatment centers; authorizing the
   42         department to waive certain requirements under
   43         specified circumstances; requiring that certain
   44         receptacles be child proof; requiring that additional
   45         information be included on certain labels; requiring
   46         that a medical marijuana treatment center comply with
   47         certain standards in the production and dispensing of
   48         edible or food products; requiring a medical marijuana
   49         treatment center to enter additional information into
   50         the compassionate use registry; requiring a medical
   51         marijuana treatment center to keep a copy of a
   52         transportation manifest in certain vehicles at certain
   53         times; requiring the department to adopt rules related
   54         to ownership changes or changes in an owner’s
   55         investment interest; providing applicability;
   56         conforming provisions to changes made by the act;
   57         amending ss. 381.987, 385.211, 499.0295, and 1004.441,
   58         F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made by the
   59         act; providing an effective date.

January 19, 2017

Florida Ordinance Imposes Marijuana Moratorium

another Florida Community has imposed a moratorium on licensing or Zoning for new medical marijuana dispensaries
Yet another Florida Community has imposed a moratorium on licensing or Zoning for new medical marijuana dispensaries. This small Beach Community has just imposed an 15-month moratorium.

Other Florida counties are throwing roadblocks also see more here:

"An ordinance imposing a moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries for 15 months within the town passed on its first reading. During the moratorium, the town will not accept, process, or approve any application relating to the operation of medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries."

Previous Stories on Florida Medical Marijuana

How to Get Dispensary License for Medical Marijuana in Florida?

Nov 9, 2016 - Here is what #Florida #MedicalMarijuana law may look like for patients, caregivers, and those seeking to license a dispensary.

What are the Responsibilities of a Florida Medical Marijuana Caregiver

Feb 19, 2014 - (2) A designated primary caregiver who transports, processes, administers, delivers, or gives away marijuana for medical purposes, in amounts ...

How to set up a Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Nov 8, 2016 - How to set up a #Florida #MMJ #MedicalMarijuana #Dispensary

How to Apply for Medical Marijuana Cards - Chapter 893 Statute if ...

Jan 28, 2014 - This series continues to explore how Marijuana Laws in the Florida Statutes might be changed should the voters, the courts, and/or the ...

Video From Inside a Legal Florida Medical Marijuana Growhouse

Dec 22, 2016 - We have also uncovered the location of one of Florida'a first retail locations for dispensing Medical marijuana. They will dispense Calming CBD ...

January 17, 2017

Medical Marijuana Dispensary - Florida Complete Text of Proposed Rules

Florida Medical Marijuana Regulations
Florida Medical Marijuana Regulations
Notice of Development of Rulemaking

RULE NO.:            RULE TITLE:

64-4.012                  Medical Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions

PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of this rule is to implement provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Florida Constitution, to set out clear guidance on use of terms and implementation of the amendment which went into effect on January 3, 2017.

SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The use of medical marijuana for debilitating medical conditions.

RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: Art. X, § 29(d), Fla. Const.


February 6, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Duval County Health Department
900 University Blvd. North
Jacksonville, FL 32211

February 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m.noon 
Broward County Health Department
780 SW 24th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

February 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Florida Department of Health, Tampa Branch Laboratory
3602 Spectrum Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

February 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Orange County Health Department
6102 Lake Ellenor Drive
Orlando, FL 32809

February 9, 2017, 4:00 p,m, – 6:00 p.m.
Betty Easley Conference Center
4075 Esplanade Way, Room 148
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0850

Individuals may also provide public comment during these workshops by accessing the following weblink:

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Courtney Coppola at If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

64-4.012 Medical Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions
(1) For the purposes of this chapter, in accordance with Article X, Section 29, Fla. Const., the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC)” shall have the same definition as a dispensing organization in s. 381.986(1)(b), F.S.
(b) “Caregiver” shall mean a legal representative as defined by s. 381.986(1)(d), F.S., who is at least twenty-one (21) years old and has successfully passed a Level 1 background screening as defined in s. 435.03, F.S.
(c) “Medical use” shall have the same definition as medical use in s. 381.986(1)(g), F.S.
(d) “Qualifying patient” shall mean a qualified patient as defined by s. 381.986(1)(h), F.S., who has been diagnosed to have a qualifying debilitating medical condition, has a physician certification, and who has a valid patient Compassionate Use Registry identification card.
(e) “Qualifying debilitating medical condition” shall mean conditions eligible for physician ordering contained in s. 381.986(2), F.S., or cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis. Also, any debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, as determined by the Florida Board of Medicine.
(f) The 45 day supply limitation set forth in s. 381.968(2)(e), F.S. shall be an adequate supply for a qualifying patient’s medical use.
(g) A physician authorized to order medical marijuana means a qualified ordering physician who has met the requirements of s. 381.986 (2-4), F.S.
(h) “Physician certification” means DH8011-OCU-12/2016, “Physician Certification,” which is incorporated by reference and available at and must be submitted with each “Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card Qualified Patient Application.” A physician certification may only be provided after the physician has conducted a physical examination and a full assessment of the medical history of the patient. In order for a physician certification to be issued to a minor, a parent or legal guardian of the minor must consent in writing.
(2) All MMTCs, physicians, patients, and caregivers must be registered in the online Compassionate Use Registry as required by s. 381.986(5)(a), F.S., and Rule 64-4.009, F.A.C. All orders for medical marijuana must be entered into the registry for processing accordingly.
(3) The process for registering as an MMTC shall be the same approval and selection process outlined in s. 381.986, F.S., and Rule 64-4.002, F.A.C., and subject to the same limitations and operational requirements contained therein.
(4) All MMTCs shall follow the medical record keeping standards as set forth in Rule 64B8-9.003, F.A.C., as adopted and incorporated herein.
(5) All MMTCs shall abide by the security, product testing, labeling, inspection and safety standards set forth in s. 381.986, F.S and this chapter.

Rulemaking Authority Art. X, § 29(d), Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. X, § 29, Fla. Const., 381.986 FS. History – New ­­­­______­­­.


December 22, 2016

Video From Inside a Legal Florida Medical Marijuana Growhouse

Video From Inside a Legal Florida Medical Marijuana Growhouse

Video From Inside a Legal Florida Medical Marijuana Growhouse

We have just obtained Video From Inside a Legal Florida Medical Marijuana Growhouse near Tallahassee, Florida.

Map of Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Tampa, Florida

We have also uncovered the location of one of Florida'a first retail locations for dispensing Medical marijuana. They will dispense Calming CBD Oil with natural almond and mint extracts, Calming CBD Spray with natural Florida orange extract, and Calming Topical Lotion with natural lavender & eucalyptus extract. It is operated by Surterra. The video above was shot at a Surterra growhouse. Here is the location of the Surterra Wellness Center homeopathic pharmacy we found at  2558 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612.

Surterra Wellness Center
2558 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612


Previous Growhouse Videos

Here are links to our previous growhouse videos. Here is a page that has more maps and videos of marijuana growing operations.

Growhouse Busted in Winter Haven, Florida - Video From the Inside

 Rating: 5 - ‎Review by Google+ User
Jun 23, 2016 - Here is some video from inside the otherwise unremarkable suburban home, a map of 124 Elliott Ln, Winter Haven, FL 33884 and here is the ...

 Rating: 5 - ‎Review by Google+ User
Feb 12, 2011 - Take a Video Tour of this alleged hydroponic growhouse used to grow some high-grade Marijuana / Weed / Cannabis / Chronic.

 Rating: 5 - ‎Review by Google+ User
Feb 24, 2011 - Tampa, Florida Grow House Defense Attorney was amazed that the war on drugs has been reduced to a docudrama on SpikeTV. The DEA has ...

Grow House Video of the Day - Drug Attorney Tampa Lawyer on Call
 Rating: 5 - ‎Review by Google+ User
Feb 18, 2011 - Grow House Video of the Day. Florida Growhouse Lawyer presents another in our series of Grow House videos of the day.

Grow House Video of the Day - Underground Growhouse

 Rating: 5 - ‎Review by Google+ User
Feb 22, 2011 - We recall there was an underground grow house bust in Tampa, Florida, but this video is from Levy County, Florida near Gainesville, Florida.

December 6, 2016

Florida Counties Blocking Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Florida Counties Blocking
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Blocking Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

We expect a Constitutional law fight to prevent Florida locals from trying to ban the establishment of dispensaries. Here is a partial list of Florida counties trying to block the licensing and establishment of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries as of this date:

Manatee County, Florida
Pasco County, Florida
Hillsborough County, Florida
Walton County, Florida
Pinellas County, Florida

Note One small beach community, Indian Shores has imposed an 18-month delay. Medical Marijuana Moratorium Story from Florida.

Allowing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

  • Sarasota County, Florida
  • Brevard County, Florida
  • Okaloosa County, Florida 
  • Santa Rosa County, Florida

Preemption Under the Florida Constitution

"Local governments and the Legislature may legislate concurrently in areas unless there is an express state preemption, but an ordinance 'must not conflict with any controlling provision of a statute.'" 

"Counties not operating under county charters shall have such power of self-government as is provided by general or special law. The board of county commissioners of a county not operating under a charter may enact, in a manner prescribed by general law, county ordinances not inconsistent with general or special law, but an ordinance in conflict with a municipal ordinance shall not be effective within the municipality to the extent of such conflict."

Supremacy Clause Rules in Federal Disputes

"The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land.[1] It provides that state courts are bound by the supreme law; in case of conflict between federal and state law, the federal law must be applied. Even state constitutions are subordinate to federal law.[2] In essence, it is a conflict-of-laws rule specifying that certain national acts take priority over any state acts that conflict with national law."