Florida Man Can Grow His Own Medical Marijuana, Judge Rules

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Currently, Florida allows only processed cannabis that isolates certain parts of the plant to be sold by medical marijuana treatment centers. Leon County Judge Karen Gievers said that Joseph Redner is entitled under Florida law to possess, grow, and use cannabis for juicing. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians critical of the state’s implementation of medical cannabis applauded a circuit court ruling Wednesday that allows a Tampa man to grow his own plants. The amendment, which voters in 2016 passed with 71 percent in favor, legalized medical cannabis in Florida. Two treatment centers recently petitioned Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use to allow the sale of whole-plant cannabis.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians critical of the state’s implementation of medical cannabis applauded a circuit court ruling Wednesday that allows a Tampa man to grow his own plants.

Leon County Judge Karen Gievers said that Joseph Redner is entitled under Florida law to possess, grow, and use cannabis for juicing. Redner was prescribed to receive juicing treatments from his doctor to prevent a relapse of stage 4 lung cancer.

The 77-year old strip club owner is one of more than 95,000 state residents who is registered as a medical cannabis patient, but none of the treatment centers licensed by the state offers whole-plant or juicing products.

Gievers also said in her decision that Redner can do this solely for the juicing prescription that has been recommended by his physician. The ruling applies only to Redner, but could open the door for others who have said the state should allow whole-plant use.

Currently, Florida allows only processed cannabis...

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