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He ate marijuana candy and got on a flight. And then the trouble began

10/12/17--The temptation of legal marijuana was too great for Joseph Hudek IV, who found himself sitting in a federal detention center after a mid-air altercation on a flight from Seattle to Beijing. Hudek, 24, consumed candy containing marijuana just before boarding his flight, and an hour after takeoff he became volatile. Hudek has been charged with interfering with a flight crew and four counts of assault and, if convicted, could face anywhere between 20 years to life in prison. Read

State law invalidated Miami Beach’s proposed medical marijuana zoning

6/28/17--After state lawmakers passed legislation governing Florida’s medical marijuana industry, local zoning regulations for dispensaries being considered in Miami Beach have stalled. The new state regulations pre-empt local governments from regulating medical cannabis dispensaries any more than they regulate pharmacies. The only other option for cities is to totally ban medical marijuana retail outlets. Read

Lawmakers reach agreement on medical marijuana for special session

6/7/16--State lawmakers reached agreement on how to put medical marijuana into effect in Florida. The agreement calls for 10 new growers to be licensed this year, in addition to the seven that already hold a state license under an existing, limited cannabis program. Five of the new licenses would go to previous applicants who were the next-highest-scoring in each of five reasons across the state, and the other five would go to new applicants, including at least one black farmer. Read

John Morgan ‘prepared to invest $100M’ in medical marijuana

5/23/17--John Morgan, who has been among the loudest voices advocating for medical marijuana in Florida, has spent nearly $7 million pushing two statewide ballot initiatives to expand medical marijuana throughout the state of Florida. Morgan says he's now prepared to invest $100M in medical marijuana since the the industry is about to explode. He's also interested in owning a stake in a state-licensed dispensing organization. Read

Miami Beach extends temporary ban on medical marijuana

1/25/17--Miami Beach commissioners voted Wednesday to extend a moratorium on dispensaries to give city planners time to develop local zoning laws to govern where such businesses can open. In a 4-3 vote on first reading, the commission extended the temporary ban until May 17. Read

Medical marijuana looks like cash crop to Miami’s entrepreneurs

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-8-19-23-am11/17/16--From growers to software developers, entrepreneurs are entering the cannabis industry. Several tech companies have actually taken root in South Florida. For now, cannabis-tech startups based in this area are gaining ground because they don’t have to wait for regulations, and since they don't touch the plants they can more easily scale their businesses, unlike growers, dispensaries, and makers of cannabis-containing products. Read

Two women busted for election fraud in Miami-Dade

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-4-53-29-am10/28/16--Gladys Coego, a 74-year-old woman tasked with opening envelopes sent by Miami-Dade County voters with their completed mail ballots, was arrested Friday after co-workers caught her illegally marking ballots, resulting in an unknown — but small — number of fraudulent votes being cast for mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado. In a separate election-fraud case, authorities also arrested Tomika Curgil on charges of unlawfully filling out voter-registration forms on behalf of United for Care, the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Read