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Red White & Bloom Announces Florida Acquisition

Multi-state cannabis operator Red White & Bloom announced on Thursday that it had acquired the Florida operations of fellow industry powerhouse Acreage Holdings in a deal worth $60 million in cash, stock, and other cash considerations. The transaction continues Red White & Bloom’s bid to become one of the top three cannabis multi-state operators in the country. Under the deal, Red White & Bloom (RWB) will acquire licensed medical marijuana manufacturer and retailer Acreage Florida, an entity owned by a subsidiary of Acreage Holdings. The acquisition includes eight leased store locations and ownership of a 113,000 square foot facility for […]

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Florida Lawmakers Pushing For Cannabis Law Changes And Reform

One pair of Florida lawmakers is aiming to improve the state’s existing medical marijuana law, while another legislative duo is out to change the state’s relationship with pot altogether.  Taken together, 2021 could be a year of cannabis reform in the Sunshine State. A proposal from state Senator Tina Polsky and state Representative Nicholas Duran, both Democrats representing South Florida, would close a loophole in the state’s medical cannabis law that still opens the door for public employees to get fired for using the treatment. “So you’re allowed to use medical marijuana if you have a proper license but if […]

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America's longest-serving marijuana prisoner freed after 31 years

A man believed to be the longest-serving inmate for non-violent, marijuana charges has been released from a Florida prison, and is set to spend the holidays with family for the first time in more than 31 years. Richard DeLisi walked out of a correctional facility in Palm Beach County this week “grateful to everyone who [had] been there,” and expressing appreciation for supporters and criminal justice reform advocates who say the now 71-year-old’s release was long overdue. “It was so unjust what they did to me,” DeLisi told Florida’s Ledger newspaper. “I just hope that I can help other people […]

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Florida School District Fires Veteran for Medical Marijuana Use

Source: Shutterstock A High School Dean was terminated last week for medical marijuana use in Ocala, Florida. Even though most states have some form of legalized weed, medical marijuana users still face unjust workplace discrimination.  Mike Hickman is a combat military veteran. He fought in Iraq during Gulf Storm 30 years ago. During the 24 years since his time in the service, Hickman has undergone 24 surgeries from combat injuries. He was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is why his doctor prescribed him cannabis. Hickman had been working for the Marion County School District since 2010. Continue Reading Below The Events […]

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Promote healthy behavior to discourage youth vaping | Opinion – South Florida Sun Sentinel – South Florida Sun Sentinel

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 13: Electronic cigarettes and pods by Juul, the nation’s largest maker of vaping products, are offered for sale at the Smoke Depot on September 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered e-cigarette product makers to devise a plan to keep their devices away from minors, declaring use by teens has reached an “epidemic proportion”. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) ** OUTS – ELSENT, FPG, CM – OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD ** (Scott Olson/Getty / Getty Images) ShareThis post was originally published on […]

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Verano acquires Florida-based cannabis company – Crain's Chicago Business

Months after a deal to sell itself fell through, Verano Holdings is back at the M&A table — this time as a buyer. The Chicago-based marijuana company is buying AltMed, which operates in Florida and Arizona. Terms of the deal between the two privately held companies weren’t disclosed. Verano, which operates in 12 states, will add two highly coveted markets. Florida is one of the largest and fastest-growing medical markets. Arizona just voted to allow recreational marijuana. The combined companies will have about 1,600 employees, 44 retail stores and nearly 700,000 square feet of cultivation space. Verano doesn’t disclose revenue, […]

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Why You Should Give CBD Oils and Products a Try – South Florida Reporter

Cannabinoids are derived from the cannabis plant, but the CBD created from the natural substances do not contain THC. This means that individuals that take the oils will not get the high that marijuana is known to create, but the individuals could get all the health benefits. Manufacturers have found better ways to create CBD products that are helpful but don’t present the negative effects. Reviewing why consumers should try CBD oils and products shows these individuals how it has helped so many people with chronic illnesses. Fast and Long-Lasting Pain Relief Individuals with chronic pain get fast relief by […]

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One Plant Florida Hosts Beach Cleanup at Jensen Beach Park – Cannabis Business Times

Thomas Hobbes famously stated that life can be “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Hobbes could have well been predicting the state of the 21st century cannabis industry, with all its brutishness and nastiness. But we hope this article puts us in solidarity with you and other cannabis business owners, mitigating the solitude, and we hope our advice results in your experience in cannabis being neither poor nor short. RELATED: 6 Cannabis Business Lessons We Learned Too Late 1. BUDGET FOR THE UNKNOWN Do not forget to budget for the “Oops, we forgot about…” In our prior article we emphasized […]

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In the cannabis patch, a patchwork of safety standards & sometimes none – Florida Bulldog

By Nate Seltenrich, FairWarning Although 35 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical use, there still are no uniform standards for regulating potentially harmful contaminants in cannabis products. And with five more states voting this November on whether to allow cannabis for the first time, the problem will only grow.  That’s largely because the drug remains illegal at the federal level. In the absence of oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other arm of the federal government, regulators in each state have had to decide on their own how to […]

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