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: http://www.drug2go.com/2016/12/florida-counties-blocking-medical.html

"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 http://www.drug2go.com/2014/02/what-are-responsibilities-of-florida_21.html.

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: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/office-of-compassionate-use/comment-form/index.html

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 Courtney.Coppola@flhealth.gov. 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 http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-#### 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

Source: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/12/21/state-awards-another-marijuana-license/95710386/

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


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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 ...

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Feb 12, 2011 - Take a Video Tour of this alleged hydroponic growhouse used to grow some high-grade Marijuana / Weed / Cannabis / Chronic.

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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

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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


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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."

November 14, 2016

Cannabis Business Dispensary Investment Alternatives

Florida dispensary
Cannabis Business News
Obviously, our clients are looking to open new dispensaries in Florida after the election this year. However, there are other ways to consider an investment in the Cannabis business.

Alternatives to Cannabis Dispensary Licensing

What are some alternatives to investing in a dispensary?

One such company was discussed by Jim Cramer on CNBC. The company has a focus on seizure disorder medications in a pill form. Here is Kramer's video from 2014. He just mentioned the company again today on his show.


November 8, 2016

November 3, 2016

Expert Speaks on Amendment 2

Pinellas County Florida Drug Treatment
Tom Buonomo is a certified drug treatment expert who has reviewed Amendment 2. He notes that the amendment fixed a couple of problems that were in the Amendment the last time around. Tom says, "This years version has some significant revisions which were aimed at eliminating the main reasons for voter disapproval. " Check it out at his Pinellas County Florida Counseling Resource.

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October 26, 2016

Prescription Drug Busts Rewarded | Tampa | St. Petersburg | Largo

Doctor Shopping
Pinellas County, Florida
Prescription Drug Arrests
A Bay Area narcotics task force has been rewarded for Prescription Drug Busts .The awarded cited the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for “curbing prescription drug abuse.” Operation Pill Poppers was an operation that nabbed people for doctor-shopping, obtaining controlled substances by fraud, and conspiracy to traffic in various pain medications.

"narcotics diversion task force has been 
named the Investigative Unit of the Year" 

Prescription Drug Arrests

With no shortage of cute names the PCSO is now running Operation Medicine Cabinet. That operation “collected more than 800 pounds of prescription drugs.” There are now 13 detectives assigned to these types of drug cases. As police continue these operations, more drug addicts will be labeled criminals.

Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/pinellas-deputies-win-award-in-fight-against-prescription-drug-abuse/1135765