Medical marijuana deemed an essential business

OKEECHOBEE — If you heard about Gov. Ron DeSantis issuing a stay-at-home order, which asks residents to stay at home unless working or getting essential supplies, and wondered if medical marijuana dispensaries would be considered essential, the answer is yes. Florida statute defines dispensaries as an essential service that should be treated like retail pharmacies. […]

Hemp farming jumps another hurdle

TALLAHASSEE — Although the wheels of progress are turning slowly, they are moving, as last week another bill involving the legality of growing hemp was passed by the Florida Legislature. SB 1020 creates Florida’s hemp program and authorizes the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to enact regulations and govern the program. In December […]

Back to Butch’s Bar hosts cannabis educators

OKEECHOBEE — Jeffrey W. Kennedy, who recently reopened Back to Butch’s Bar on Southeast U.S. 441, co-founded and created a website about eight years ago to help educate the public about the safety of using medical cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Now, he’s bringing that mission to his bar, planning to offer a […]

Ban on smokable marijuana has been overturned

On Wednesday, March 13, the Florida Legislature overwhelmingly voted to overturn a ban on the use of smokable marijuana. In November 2016, Florida voters had approved a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana. This vote could have been won only by a super-majority, and it was, but the Legislature at that time […]

Medical Mary Jane memorandum

OKEECHOBEE — Green, tree, flower, weed, herb, sensimilla, pot, bud, mota, ganja, wacky-tabacky and snicklefritz. The preceding collection of words are terms that have been associated with what is also, medically and scientifically, known as cannabis or commonly dubbed marijuana, two additional terms that have been ascribed a legal definition by the State of Florida. […]

Land Development Regulations to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to amend the Land Development Regulations (LDRs) to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. Commissioner Kelly Owens cast the lone dissenting vote. The public hearing was scheduled for 7 p.m. in order to make it easier for members of the public to participate. Dr. Ramesh […]