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Sarasota family sues JUUL and tobacco giants

5/6/19--Sarasota County county residents Jared and Erin NesSmith and their daughter are suing e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs and two tobacco giants for allegedly breaking federal laws by intentionally targeting teenagers while falsely denying doing so. The family is seeking damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and for fraud, product liability, and deceptive trade practices for themselves and potentially thousands of other unnamed plaintiffs in the suit. Read

New momentum in veterans’ fight for medical marijuana

11/19/18--Military veterans lobbying for an end to federal classification of marijuana as a lethal substance with no redeeming medicinal value may be closer to that goal than ever before, given the midterm election results. Between the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, last week’s forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a federal lawsuit led by a 12-year-old girl with epilepsy, the marijuana prohibition drama is set to unfold on multiple fronts. Read

Marijuana campaign Part 2?

6/30/18--Orlando attorney John Morgan apparently wants to put more money into getting Floridians to vote on marijuana. The lawyer, who spent about $7 million backing a successful 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, is now suggesting the creation of a fund that would support putting “full marijuana legalization on the ballot in 2020.” Read

Manatee County adopts medical marijuana moratorium

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-9-07-44-pm12/13/16--The Manatee County Commission unanimously imposed a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana processing and dispensing facilities so it can decide how to regulate the businesses. Since 71 percent of Florida's voters approved medical marijuana in the Nov. 8 election, counties and municipalities throughout the state have imposed moratoriums to give themselves time to determine where marijuana-related businesses should be allowed or prohibited. Read

Manatee County to consider marijuana moratorium

fb-square-english-spanish10/25/16--A six-month moratorium on medical marijuana businesses is likely to be enacted in Manatee County if Florida voters pass Amendment 2. The County Commission voted unanimously to instruct county attorneys to write an ordinance imposing a 180-day ban on any rezonings, permits or other authorizations for dispensaries and other businesses related to medical marijuana. A moratorium ordinance would have to be subject to public hearings before the Planning Commission and County Commission and could be adopted by Dec. 13. Read