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GreenAcre Once Again Ahead of the Game – A Special Session on MMJ Happened Against All Odds

GreenAcre Once Again Ahead of the Game –
A Special Session on MMJ Happened Against All Odds

In May of 2017, the Florida Legislature failed to reach an agreement on how to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Program, but this past Tuesday night an agreement between the House and Senate would continue this discussion during this week’s special session.

During the regular session, differences in opinion over a few fundamental elements found within the medical marijuana bill precluded the agreement from materializing. According to several sources, including the Miami Herald, those differences seem to have been resolved.

As GreenAcre predicted in early May, the latest bill agreed on 10 new vertically integrated licenses. Out of the 10 new licenses, 5 would be reserved for the second place applicants of the States “Charlotte’s Web” application process, where applicants applied in one of five regions. One license would be available for a group of farmers, which the State of Florida deems a minority group. Additionally, the Department of Health is required to extend preference on up to two licenses to facilities that are, or were in the industry of processing, concentrating, or canning, citrus fruit or citrus molasses.

The bill further expresses that four licenses will be issued for every 100,000 patients who are registered on the States medical marijuana registry. Licensees will be capped at 25 dispensaries per license, and five additional dispensaries for every 100,000 registered patients. Said dispensary cap would sunset in 2020 in the event legislators fail to legislate otherwise.

The bill has no single line of reasoning and is clearly developed on the conglomeration of lobbying efforts supported by the wrong corporate dollars and Politian’s who put their financial endeavors before the needs of Florida patients. This bill is undoubtedly one of the worst pieces of medical marijuana legislations in the world, from an objective perspective.

From the above-mentioned legislative fiasco, one positive element shines through, that being that a few vertically integrated licenses will be available. Now it’s time for those well seasoned canna-entrepreneurs to come into the Florida market and show the current players how the game is played.

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The Legality of the Medical Marijuana Program in Florida

 

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The Legality of the Medical Marijuana Program in Florida

The Legality of the Medical Marijuana

Program in Florida

In Florida, the Medical Marijuana licensee “Trulieve” began distributing marijuana flower in its dispensaries and through their home delivery service. Accordingly, the Office of Compassionate Use (“OCU”) issued a cease and desist notice, demanding Trulieve to stop such sale. Initially the Department of Health (“DOH”) approved the sale of the product; however, the use was for vaporizing methods only. When the DOH discovered that the flower could be removed from its container and use in forms other than vaporizing, they step in with the cease and desist notice.

In early May, Florida legislators failed to reach an agreement regarding the states new medical marijuana program under Amendment 2. Despite the failed compromise, current MMJ licensees have been distributing high THC medical marijuana to registered patients who are not terminally ill, when they have only been granted a license to distribute CBD only marijuana, and high THC marijuana to those terminally ill patients.

Amendment 2 is silent and to whether these current licenses are to be grandfathered in under Amendment 2 medical marijuana program. Leaving the question, “Are they supposed to be selling high THC marijuana to patients who are not terminally ill?” Legally they are not suppose to because as mentioned above, our legislators failed to reach an agreement, Amendment 2 is silent on the issue and the DOH has not release it proposed rules, much less its file rules. Thus, legally speaking the current licensees who have been distributing marijuana to patients who are not deemed terminally ill are doing so in violation against State and Federal law. Even Federal law, through the Cole Memorandums conspicuously state that the language found within said memorandum only protects those who are operating under the state’s comprehensive program.

Floridians must wait at least until July 3rd to know DOH’s proposed rules for the states new MMJ program. There has been an enormous push from the current licensees, who are only authorized to operate under a CDB only program, to maintain the status quo and keep anyone from obtaining a MMJ license under the new program. At the same time, patients, cannabis activist, investors, and many others have voiced their opinion about leaving the market free and open for the benefit of all Floridians. “Initial estimates by Marijuana Business Daily forecast that dispensary sales in Florida could hit $600 million-$800 million a few years after the new program launches.”

Rolando Vazquez, Esq.

President

GreenAcre Consulting Team

1395 Brickell Avenue, Suite 800

Miami, FL 33131

1-888-428-3260

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BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25:  Samples of medicinal marijuana are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late Wednesday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The 5 Necessary Elements When Opening a Marijuana Dispensary

The 5 Necessary Elements When Opening a Marijuana Dispensary

If you are reading this article more than likely is because you or somebody you know is interested in opening a marijuana dispensary. The Cannabis Industry is a challenging one and GreenAcre will help you through the process of applying, staying compliant and thriving in the Industry.

A Consulting Firm, an Insider in the Industry

You need guidance in this industry! Many professionals claim to have knowledge, but most are outsiders. They might have business knowledge, but not cannabuisiness knowledge. We always tell our clients, you are not opening a restaurant. You are dealing with a medicine that is Federally a scheduled 1 substance, according to the Controlled Substance Act. A great consultant will know the best industry practices and will possess key political connections. Corollary, GreenAcre is well connected not only in the cannabis industry, but also politically.

A Business Plan, the Heart of your Application

A comprehensive Business Plan is key to success in the Cannabis Industry. The Business plan will essentially be your application for the state license. Moreover, you will need the business plan when you look to raise capital for you CannaVenture. GreenAcre will develop your Business Plan. The Business Plan can be modified later to apply in any other state where Marijuana is legal, or becomes legal.

A lawyer, Who Can Also be Your Consultant

Cannabis Laws vary from state to state, county to county, and change constantly. You need an attorney to keep you in compliance with local and state regulations. A lawyer can also be helpful when it comes to reviewing contracts and securing property. It is a plus if your lawyer is also a cannabis consultant.

Funding, the Muscle of the Operation

Applying for a license and opening a dispensary facility can be costly. Whether you are a solo investor, a group of investors or you are seeking investment, a CannaVenture is a huge financial undertaking. You need to “put your numbers together first,” to be sure you have enough resources for your project. Also keep in mind that, the failure rate in the Cannabis Industry is at 44% within the first 4 years. If you are looking for investors, GreenAcre will connect you with investors in the Industry. If you are looking to invest, GreenAcre has access to the best projects available in the Industry, globally.

An Accountant, compliance with the Federal Government

You need an accountant, period. The accountant works together with your consultant in the creation of your Business Plan, and in case you are seeking investors. Moreover, they need to keep you compliant with the tax code 280E and other relevant tax implications. GreenAcre’s network has the most qualified consultants in the Industry.

 

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How Medical Marijuana and The Second Amendment Collide: State v. Federal Law

How Medical Marijuana and The Second Amendment Collide: State v. Federal Law

By: Danielle DeMahy

There are twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C. that legally allow the use of marijuana in some form, eight of which even allow recreational use. There are many disregarded health benefits that come with medical marijuana, such as reducing seizures or symptoms of cancer, decreasing anxiety, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing multiple sclerosis pain, and many other conditions.[1] States throughout the U.S. are slowly starting to see the increasing value in medical marijuana, thus implementing laws to support it.

In September 2011, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) released an open letter after receiving numerous inquiries concerning state authorized medical marijuana and Federal firearms laws. The letter stated, “there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law.”[2] According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which is the class with the highest “potential for abuse and potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence.”[3]

When a person seeks to purchase a firearm, they are required to fill out the ATF’s Firearms Transaction Record, Form 4473. Included in this form is question 11(e), which asks the purchaser if they are “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.”[4] In 2017 a revision of the form was put in place which included a warning to potential purchasers explaining that even if marijuana is “legalized or decriminalized” for recreational or medical use in the state of residence, it still remains unlawful under Federal law. This means if you answered yes to question 11(e), you were prohibited by Federal law to purchase a firearm.

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees a person’s right to bear arms for security purposes.[5] Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that banning medical marijuana users from purchasing firearms does not violate their Second Amendment rights.[6] The court further explained that the purchaser could have accumulated legal firearms prior to acquiring her medical marijuana card (“Card”), and the ATF Open Letter and Federal laws would not impede her rights to retain possession of her firearms. On the other hand, she could purchase firearms and exercise her Second Amendment right at any time if she relinquished her Card, “thereby demonstrating to a firearms dealer that there is no reasonable cause to believe she is an unlawful drug user.”[7] The court’s questionable rationale is illustrated when it stated “it is beyond dispute that illegal drug users, including marijuana users, are likely, as a consequence of such use, to experience altered or impaired mental states that affect their judgment and that can lead to irrational or unpredictable behavior”[8]

Federal law criminalizes the possession or receiving of a firearm by a person addicted to a controlled substance or an unlawful drug user.[9] This law brings conflict to those who have been issued a valid Card and those same individuals who also choose to exercise their right to bear arms. Under some circumstances, they must choose either their health or their safety. This notion that substance use increases unpredictable behavior is fundamentally flawed.

In an interview, the authors of the book Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know compared this notion with cigarette smokers and alcohol. They explained that smoking alone certainly does not result in crime, but within the population of smokers there is a likelihood to find people participating in illegal behavior. Further, there is an alarming amount of evidence which shows a correlation between “alcohol intoxication and pharmacologically induced violent crimes.”[10] However, “[t]here is little direct association between marijuana or opiate use and violent crimes . . . it is also possible that for some would-be offenders, the pharmacological effect of certain drugs . . . may actually reduce violent tendencies.”[11]

Card hopefuls must go through a series of requirements before being issued a valid license. Each state has their own set procedure, for example, in Florida although the new laws are not set in place until June 2017, they list qualification requirements to obtain a Card. Among those qualifications, patients must obtain legitimate medical records from their primary care physician accurately describing the diagnosis; the patient must have been diagnosed by a doctor as having a debilitating medical condition; and upon receiving the Card, the patient must register with the Florida Department of Health.[12]

Individuals who will be able to obtained a Card are those with serious medical conditions, not just every person who desires one. To allow individuals to keep their firearms after they acquire a Card, but prohibit them from purchasing firearms after they acquire a Card is inconsistent. Using the court’s reasoning, what makes a person less irrational or unpredictable when having the firearm before obtaining a card? Now that medicinal marijuana is being legalized across the country, the Second Amendment must be applied consistently. The Federal Government must acknowledge the states that have legalized medicinal marijuana and properly categorize the individuals with a Card as lawful users.

[1] See Jennifer Welsh & Kevin Loria, 23 Health Benefits of Marijuana, Bus. Insider (Apr. 20, 2014, 3:03 PM), http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-2014-4/#c-slows-the-progression-of-alzheimers-disease-7.

[2] Arthur Herbert, Open Letter to All Federal Firearms Licensees, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (Sept. 21, 2011), https://www.atf.gov/file/60211/download.

[3] See Drug Scheduling, U.S. Drug Enf’t Admin, https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml (last visited Jan. 28, 2017).

[4] Firearms Transaction Record, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/4473-part-1-firearms-transaction-record-over-counter-atf-form-53009/download (revised Oct. 2016).

[5] See U.S. Const. amend. II.

[6] See Wilson v. Lynch, 835 F.3d 1083 (9th Cir. 2016).

[7] See id. at 1093.

[8] Id. at 1094 (emphasis added).

[9] See 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3) (2016).

[10] Christopher Ingraham, Why Medical Marijuana Patients Can’t Buy Guns, The Wash. Post (Sept. 7, 2016), https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/07/why-medical-marijuana-patients-cant-buy-guns/?utm_term=.d039466fe50d.

[11] Supra note 9.

[12] See Florida Medical Marijuana Qualification, Marijuana Drs., https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/medical-marijuana/FL/qualification (last visited Jan. 28, 2016).

 

 


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Danielle K. DeMahy
Juris Doctor Candidate, 2018
St. Thomas University School of Law
St. Thomas Law Review, Staff Editor

Ms. Danielle DeMahy is a Juris Doctor Candidate for May 2018 at St. Thomas Law School.  As a 2L, Ms. DeMahy  became interested in the Cannabis and Medical Marijuana subject while taking the course “Legal Issues for Startups, Entrepreneurs, and Small Businesses” at Saint Thomas University School of Law.  During the course Ms. DeMahy had to represent the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary going through the logistics and legal issues of starting a company in the Medical Marijuana Industry.

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Brevard County is developing its Medical Marijuana Regulations.

Brevard County is developing its Medical Marijuana Regulations.

 

Brevard County commissioners are considering placing medical marijuana dispensaries within unincorporated areas. The dispensaries will be located within 1,000 feet of a child care facilities and schools. Additionally, the dispensaries will be located within 200 feet of a residential zoned or residentially development property.

On February 21st, 2017, the County Commissioners voted in favor to have a proposal for the rules by May. The proposed rules will be subject to two public hearings and a final vote. Counties and cities are moving along and regulating Medical Marijuana. On the same date, GreenAcre’s President and Vice-president met with Planning and Zoning officials from a city in Broward County. The officials said the city already received applications for a “coffee shop” facility, which are not allowed. The applications are on hold until the applicant gets approval by the State of Florida, but would still need to submit an application that conforms to the states new medical marijuana program, as a “coffee shop” set-up is not allowed.

Last Month, Osceola County closed their application process for dispensaries, only 8 people applied. According with County officials the applications are contingent on getting approval by the State of Florida.

Investors should take note of this information because there are people taking advantage and already applying for licenses.

Last week, the city of Miami Beach decided to lower the number of dispensaries allowed from 5 to 3. This impacts directly investors that want to have a dispensary in Miami Beach.

Please click on the links below to access more information on Brevard County’s Medical Marijuana Regulation. If you want to have information on the cities and counties that are taking applications for dispensary locations contact GreenAcre Consulting Team at rv@greenacreteam.com or at 1-888- 428-3260

Links:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2017/02/21/medical-marijuana-dispensary-rules-proposed-brevard/98187914/

http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/237237282-story

 


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Donations to Florida for Care are strongly recommended

Florida for Care advocates for the implementation of a strong, well-regulated, Florida medical marijuana system under Amendment 2. Florida for Care believes that Florida has the opportunity to set the standard for what a state medical marijuana system should look like and how it can function most effectively. Please contact Mr. Eric Stevens at eric@floridaforcare.org for more information on how you can contribute.

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Florida’s Current Medical Marijuana Program Unbeneficial for Patients.

Florida’s Current Medical Marijuana Program Unbeneficial for Patients

 

Less than a week into 2017, the Cannabis Industry activists in Florida are already strategizing an approach to push the agenda for an open market. This necessity stems from fact that the current 7 cannabis licensees’ are investing their resources in lobbyist to push their agenda, which is to maintain the status quo. Opening up the market to hundreds of other cannabis entrepreneurs directly affects what many believe to be a multi-billion dollar market that would currently only be accessible to 7 different license holders.

On January 5th, Florida For Care hosted the “2017 Medical Marijuana Policy Conference – Opening Network Reception” at Greenspoon Marder’s Law Offices in Fort Lauderdale. Several dozens of cannabis industry insiders and activists from around the country convened at the event with the intentions to discuss and organize the push for a more open market. Ben Pollara, from Florida for Care, stated it best, “There are the have’s and the have not’s, and everyone here tonight are the have not’s.” The point he was making alludes to the notion that there are competing views currently in the Florida Cannabis Industry. Those who seek to monopolize the market and those who prefer an open market. Promoting an open market is an objective view, since an open market by nature encourages health competition, which ultimately lowers prices and creates higher quality goods. The patients come first in this industry, thus lower prices and better quality is a must.

On the other hand, those who seek to monopolize the market are purely speaking from the vantage point of a business, which is a subjective perspective based upon profit margin rather than a more human concern for the end user. Currently, the 7 cannabis licensees’ cannot produce enough medicine to supply the existing market. To make matters worse, the prices on the medicine comes with a high mark up cost. One patient vented on Facebook stating that Trulieve, a current cannabis licensee holder in Florida, is selling (.25g) of cannabis oil for $125, which equates to $500 a gram. At the moment gold is approximately $38 a gram, if the facebook statement is true, then it proves that currently most patients will not be able to afford the medicine. The latter highlights the fact that under the current medical marijuana program in Florida an issue of affordability exists.

Hopefully the new medical marijuana program in Florida will adjust appropriately to reflect the fact that the patient’s needs are at the forefront of the policymaking. The end point being that the state of Florida needs to embrace an open market. Doing so will lead to safe, reliable and affordable access to medical marijuana for Florida patients.

 

Rolando Vazquez, Esq. 

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Florida’s End of the Year Medical Marijuana Update

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Florida’s End of the Year Medical Marijuana Update

Since November 8th much action has happened in Florida’s Medical Cannabis Industry. The rapid pace at which the state and cities have been reacting to the passing of Amendment 2 is a great indication of how receptive the overall government is to the new industry. In mid December the state health officials acknowledged a 7th cannabis license had been awarded. After a year of litigation, McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery had proved their point that they qualified for the cannabis licensure. Such license allows the licensee to grow, process, and dispense non-euphoric medical cannabis in the state of Florida to patients that fall under a very limited number of illnesses.

The next question for the 7 nurseries awarded cannabis licenses is whether they will be automatically grandfathered in under the new medical cannabis laws. Arguably they would have to re-apply since the new cannabis laws surrounds a much different type of cannabis plant, which contains high THC, the component of the medical plant that gives a psychoactive effect. However, do note, the state recently added that “full strength cannabis,” was allowed to be cultivated and distributed to terminally ill patients by the 7 license holders. The term “full strength” has yet to be qualified, illustrating the lack of knowledge of the Florida legislators regarding medical cannabis. Moreover, terminally ill patients are only allowed to order less than a week worth of cannabis due to the shortage of supply, illustrating the inadequacy of the current cannabis license holders, who have been in operation since the middle of 2016. At the moment, Trulieve and Surterra received distribution authorization in July. Modern Health Concepts received their authorization in September and the state’s Health Department gave Knox Medical authorization in early December.

Another tremendous leap in the right direction happened when the Florida Senate held a Health Committee meeting regarding the issue of medical cannabis on December 13, 2016. The Committee hosted a panel of “industry experts,” and allowed industry activist to speak on the record at the end of the Committee meeting. Topics ranged from concepts such as child safety measures to the manner in which the State will disseminate licenses, either integrated or separated. What was interesting about the Committee panel of “industry experts,” was that they were not really industry experts! One panelist was a representative from Trulieve, one of the 7 cannabis license holders from Tallahassee. Unfortunately, the only expert opinions given by the company representative were statements that benefited their company, and not the patients or industry as a whole. Trulieve is documented to have lobbyist currently working to push their agenda, which is to maintaining the status quo, in efforts to monopolize the market. One article by Daniel Ducassi wrote, “Nick Iarossi, lobbyist for Trulieve, argues for a more conservative, ‘cautious’ approach that ‘preserves the culture of Florida’.” Meaning, do not issue any more licenses, as they will eat away at the market share that we currently intend to hoard.

Additionally, during a recent zoning and planning board meeting for the city of Fort Lauderdale, representatives from Costa Farms, D/B/A Modern Health Concepts, were also pushing their agenda by trying to get the city moratorium removed or at the very least shortened. This move was clearly with the intent to have first choice over the city’s prime location for one of their dispensaries. Modern Health Concept knows that if the moratorium extends for six months, they run the risk of being outcompeted for a prime location for their dispensary.

Under the Compassionate Use Act, the licensees can only cultivate and process from their region, but can open as many dispensaries as they please and anywhere in the state. A clear advantage the license holders want to exploit before other licenses are awarded. The intent of these companies is understandable from a business point of view, but distasteful and disgusting to the patients and public at large. They speak on the record and promote that their efforts are for the patients, but obviously their words are a pretext to mask their greedy financial endeavors. The licensee’s claim its for the patient in need and that no more licenses need to be issued since they can cover the supply demand, but they cannot even produce enough to provide for the very limited existing patients, as a current shortage of supply exist.

These companies need to focus on becoming operation, and then they can worry about maintaining the status quo and finding prime locations. Statistically, dispensaries in the city make great financial gains, but dispensaries in rural areas barely make enough to cut even on the books. The public and patients are aware of this and will likely not use products from these companies once other licenses are awarded. We take this notion from the events that transpired in Ohio in 2015, where the public voted “yes” for a medical cannabis industry, but voted “no” the monopoly that the state intended to structure. The consensus is clear, the public does not like industry monopolies and actual unite to ban against it. Here in Florida will be no different. If these companies continue to promote their selfish ways, it could be a very short run for them in the industry.

On a final note, many cities’ are currently in the process of writing language to implement into there zoning codes, despite their implementation of a moratorium. Such as the city of Fort Lauderdale, who currently has their representative writing the first draft. In the event the audience wants the inside scoop of the first draft, please feel free to contact GreenAcre Consulting Team. The city of Hollywood has also given GreenAcre the inside scoop on where they intend to allow the cultivation sites in their city. Dade County has already posted their zoning requirements. Broward County filed a motion to direct the County Attorney to draft an ordinance amending Chapter 39 of the zoning code. The new provisions will regulate medical marijuana, as it pertains to cultivation, processing, and dispensing. Further, Parkland in Broward County gave the initial approval to regulate medical cannabis dispensaries. City Attorney Andrew Maurodis is behind the new regulation and stated that the city is adhering the request of the constituents. They pronounced that they are going to allow the sites to open in the industrial areas, but currently no industrial areas exist. The city will have to zone an industrial area or change the zoning district.

The Florida government has made great efforts to move the cannabis industry along in just under two months. Illustrating that they welcome the industry with open arms, but doing so in such a subtle manner that does not offend the opposition.

Rolando Vazquez, Esq. 

President 

GreenAcre Consulting Team

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Another City in Florida denies patients access to Medical Marijuana

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Another City in Florida denies patients access to Medical Marijuana

Coral Springs adds its name to the list of cities in the State of Florida that placed “moratorium” laws for Medical Cannabis.

        Floridians approved Amendment 2 with 71% of votes.  Yet, cities and counties are now placing “moratoriums” to “analyze the impact of cannabis” in their communities and allowing themselves time to organize appropriately.  The city of Coral Springs placed a moratorium for a period of 180 days regarding cannabis laws.  According with the city’s memorandum released, the period of 180 days is necessary to analyze the impact on the city’s regular activities (welfare, economic, community, crime and services.)  

        The reasons provided not only by Coral Springs, but also by Deerfield Beach, Delray, Boca Raton and Hallandale Beach, seem to be reasonable. However, it cannot be denied that these “moratoriums” give an objective perception that Medical Cannabis patients are going to be affected directly and imminently.  In fact, the community and patients are concerned and panicking over these moratoriums. According with the text and spirit of “Amendment 2,” the Department of Health has until June 3rd of 2017, to publish the regulations for access to Medical Cannabis.  Even when the laws are promulgated, it will take months before cannabis ventures receive state approved licenses and those same ventures will take even more time to become operational. As such, Medical Cannabis supporters must take into account that Florida will not have a fully operational Medical Cannabis Industry until mid-2018.  Moreover, another angle to consider is that some of the moratoriums placed by the cities mentioned above will end before June 3rd, 2017. The others will end before the commencement of 2018. Therefore, at the moment these moratoriums are not really affecting the advancement of the Florida Medical Cannabis Industry.  

        The government must respect that over 6.4 million of Floridians voted in favor of Medical Cannabis.  These same constituents will not allow the state and local government to deny them access to it. The community will stay involved and informed on the issue, since citizens have control over their government, which is the true nature of a democracy.  

        Again, do not forget that Amendment 2 was a request by the citizens of Florida. The state and local government will ultimately have no choice but to offer some sort of access to the medicine.  State and local government will also have to succumb to the reality that Floridians will vote in favor of “Adult Use” in 2018.  This assertion is supported by the fact that no other state has legalized Medical Cannabis by such a large margin of votes.  In sum, Floridians love and need their Cannabis, and will not be denied safe and reliable access to it! 

 

Rolando Vazquez, Esq.
GreenAcre Consulting Team

 

 

 

 

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Coral Springs puts moratorium on medical marijuana centers

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants are seen nearly ready for harvest at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Dr. Bodo Schneider, a physician accused of charging patients for marijuana recommendations without a legitimate doctor-patient relationship, could lose his license in a case critics say highlights the state's strict enforcement. His case came before an administrative law judge Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

After Amendment 2: How to Choose a Cannabis Consultant


After Amendment 2: How to Choose a Cannabis Consultant

Amendment 2 passed in Florida, more than 6.000.000.00 constituents voted YES ON 2.  This is the beginning of the journey in Florida.  Many investors are ready, calling and searching for “cannabis consultants” and “cannabis lawyers,” everybody wants to be part of this industry, everybody is talking about “Medical Cannabis.”

It is important for investors to understand the Cannabis Industry is not an industry for everyone, there is a lot of competition.  The application will be assessed on a merit based system, meaning that only the best applications with the best resumes and business plan will get approved.  If you are an investor ready to invest in this industry you also need to be ready to invest in the best Cannabis Consultants.

How do you know who is the best Cannabis Consultant?

Do your research, find out who they are and how well they are known in the industry. Every one can claim to be a consultant but only few can called themselves true “Cannabis Consultants.”  GreenAcre Consulting Team specializes in the Cannabis Industry, this is what we do.  We have the connections and relations with the most qualified professionals in the industry.  Be aware, this is a new industry that attracts questionable people to take advantage of investors.  Do your due diligence, if your consultant is also an attorney look it up online, you can have access to every Bar Association in the United States.  The same applies if your consultant is a professional in another area.  GreenAcre Consulting Team acts as your “project manager,” we specialized in every aspect of the process, such as; application assistance, business plans, compliance with state and local rules, local marketing, cultivation techniques, master growers, bud-tenders, realtors, surveyors, commercial real estate attorneys, planning and zoning attorneys, architects, and many more.  You need attorneys to orient you on the legal aspects, but you also need consultants.  For that reason GreenAcre is the best alternative because we are both.  The president is also a licensed attorney, and although GreenAcre is solely a consulting company, all clients with legal needs will be referred to Rolando Vazquez, PA., which a completely separate business entity.  GreenAcre will never asked to have ownership in your business like many consulting companies do and will.  We only seek to get your license approved, make your venture operational and keep you in compliance.   All our clientele is kept strictly confidential and if any conflict of interest arises, we will disclose it to our client. Your privacy is our priority.  GreenAcre is one of the only Cannabis Consulting Company with international recognition, we have educated the governments of Belize and Guyana on how to regulate their markets in the area of Hemp and Medical Marijuana. No other consulting company in the industry has our resume. We are the ultimate Cannabis Consultants.

Why a Cannabis Consultant is necessary?

A Cannabis consultant is not only necessary but fundamental for your business venture.  Numerous barriers and pit-falls exist in the industry, you need the guidance and support of knowledgeable professionals in the industry.  As consultants, GreenAcre’s Team has  dedicated years educating, networking and researching the Cannabis Industry. 

Is Florida a “Good Market”? 

Florida is expected to be the second biggest market in the United States of America.  Also, consider the fact that Florida has over 20 million constituents and welcomes over a 120 million visitors per year.  The Port of Miami known as the “Cruise Capital of the World” and the “Cargo Gateway of the Americas” has an economic annual impact in Miami of 18 billion.  Further, Floridians passed the medical marijuana initiative with 71% of the voters in favor of the industry, meaning Adult Use is just around the corner.  Need we say more?  

What about all the cities that recently have placed bans for the Medical Cannabis businesses? 

Investors DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED, Pompano, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach and Delray ARE PLACING TEMPORARY BANS FOR THE MEDICAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY.  The temporary bans will allow these cities to have time to properly enact the relevant zoning laws.  

 

Rolando Vazquez, Esq. 

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Sources

South Florida cities push pause on expansion of medical marijuana industry

Medical Marijuana Bans Are Popping Up In Florida

Miami Beach Considers Six-Month Medical Marijuana Ban

 

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GreenMail #9: November 8, when 8 states became part of the Cannabis Movement in the United States of America

GreenMail #9: November 8, when 8 states became part of the Cannabis Movement in the United States of America.


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California [Adult Use]

Proposition 64 was approved with 4,963,501 of the constituents votes, in total 55.8% of the voters approval. Proposition 64 legalizes adult use of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21. Consumption of cannabis would be allowed in private properties or at locations licensed for consumption on site.


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Maine [Adult Use]

Question 1 passed with 51% of voters approval. The act allows individuals older than 21 to possess, transport, and use up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana as well as possess, grow, cultivate, process, or transport up to six marijuana plants. The act protects employees by prohibiting employers from refusing to employ a person solely” because that person consumed marijuana.


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Nevada [Adult Use]

Question 2 passed with 54% of the voters approval. The act legalizes the possession, use, and cultivation of one ounce of adult use of marijuana by individuals older than 21. The impact will be noticed on the tourism industry. In 2015, 42 million tourists visited “Sin City.” Nevada is a great market to invest. GreenAcre Consulting Team can help you with the application for license in Nevada.


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Massachusetts [Adult Use]

Question 4 passed with 53% of voters approval. The act allows individuals who are at least 21 years old to grow, use, and possess marijuana. Individuals are allowed to posses up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their private property. Individuals are allowed to posses one ounce of marijuana in public.


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Montana [Medical Use] 

Initiative 182 passed with 56.9% of voters approval. Initiative 182 repeals the three-patient limit for providers and state review of physicians who prescribe marijuana to numerous patients. The Initiative expands the range of conditions for which marijuana can be prescribed to include chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.


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North Dakota [Medical Use]

Measure 5 passed with 64% of voters approval. The Act provides for the use of medical marijuana for serious medical conditions. It also requires medical marijuana patients and caregivers to carry identification cards and certificates of registration.


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Arkansas [Medical Use] 

Issue 6 passed with 53% of voters approval. Medical Marijuana was approved for 17 qualifying medical conditions. Issue 6 contains a nondiscrimination provision that prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual solely based on the individual’s condition as a patient. A Medicinal Marijuana Commission would be created, with tax revenue being allocated to technical institutes, vocational schools, and the General Trust Fund.


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Florida [Medical Use] 

Amendment 2 passed with 71% of voters approval. Florida set a record for constituents approval. In recent years not any other state has approved medical use of cannabis with more than 70% of electors approval. The Act allows for medical use of marijuana by individuals with debilitating medical conditions, and expands upon the state’s current, and more limited, medical marijuana program. The Act allows the use of a stronger form of marijuana. The Act’s language expands the use of cannabis to “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated.”