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Cannabis News Roundup, October 10

Good Tuesday morning.



An official from Florida’s state Department of Health will give lawmakers an update Tuesday on the implementation of the state’s Senate Bill 8-A, putting in place the state’s new law allowing medical marijuana use. The Florida Senate’s Health Policy Committee will be briefed on the law by an official from the Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

The agency will brief House members on the Health Quality Subcommittee on Wednesday.

Last year, voters in Florida approved Amendment 2, allowing medical marijuana, with 71 percent voting in favor of the measure.  The bill, passed in June, implemented that amendment.

Medical marijuana treatment center licensing has already begun and several retail dispensaries have opened around the state. The state Department of Health is still in the process of developing rules on pesticide use, label and packaging standards and certification of testing laboratories. Rules are also still being developed for standards for edible products, dosing guidelines and collection of fines and fees.

The committee isn’t considering any new legislation on medical marijuana.

Dispensaries in Orange Park

The Jacksonville suburb of Orange Park now allows medical marijuana dispensaries. The town council approved a new local law with a 3-2 vote on Oct. 3 that allows dispensaries to open in certain areas in the Clay County city. The ordinance bans them within 500 feet of a school or another pharmacy or another medical marijuana dispensary. Orange Park is the only Clay County city to allow medical marijuana dispensaries so far. More from the Times-Union

Former NFL player Boo Williams featured speaker at Jacksonville medical marijuana conference

Former NFL football player Boo Williams will be among the speakers at a medical marijuana conference later this month in Jacksonville. Williams used marijuana during and after his playing days and says it helped him deal with depression and anxiety after his career ended.  More on the Jacksonville Medical Marijuana Conference and Expo

Even more briefly

Surterra Therapeutics urging regulators to allow edibles

Palm Beach County has a new center for evaluating patients

North Port (near Sarasota) also has a new evaluation center


Other Health News

Florida state Sen. Aaron Bean, a Republican from the Jacksonville area, filed legislation in Tallahassee yesterday that would limit patients to a week’s supply of opioids, at least at first. More from the Sun-Sentinel

UNF professor studying curcumin for cancer-fighting properties. More from the Times-Union

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