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Florida: Clinical Conference on Medical Cannabis To Be Held In Palm Beach

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The Ninth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on May 21 through May 23, with more 30 of the top healthcare professionals, doctors, and patients advocating Medical Cannabis treatments.

Patients out of Time is hosting The Ninth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on May 21 through May 23. Patients out of Time will bring together world-renowned experts in cannabis therapeutics to assist healthcare workers, related business interests, and the general public, from around the country, on ways to improve patient outcomes with the use of cannabis therapeutics.

The conference will have expert presentations, panel discussions and onsite exhibitors available to introduce healthcare professionals to the fundamental research on the use of cannabis as an effective and powerful medicine. This conference will award Continuing Medical Education credits for healthcare workers who participate in specific events.

There will also be a special benefit dinner and auction to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Patients Out of Time.

"Cannabis is a powerful and effective medicine, "said Mary Lynn Mathre, president and cofounder of Patients Out of Time and the president and founding member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about everything from cannabis healthcare administration to social advocacy from world leaders in the field."

U.S.: Business Law Firm Issues Special Report On 'Legal Marijuana Business'

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As more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, entrepreneurs believe they'll get rich from cannabis businesses that comply with the laws of a particular state. However, marijuana businesses that comply with state laws are still breaking federal law and, therefore, are criminal enterprises.

Business advisory and advocacy law firm McDonald Hopkins addresses this issue in a special report designed to help potential investors, vendors, and professionals, such as lawyers and bankers, understand the risks involved in participating in the so-called "legal marijuana business."

The report, authored by Bruce Reinhart, co-chair of McDonald Hopkins' white collar and government compliance practice group, details how federal law regulates controlled substances, and that only certain persons registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) can manufacture, distribute, and dispense controlled substances.

Reinhart outlines the tremendous risks businesses and business owners take on when dealing with legal marijuana businesses, including exposure to criminal prosecution, loss of assets, civil penalties, loss of licensure, and fiduciary duty litigation. These risks are assumed in an environment with limited -- if any -- protection from legal counsel or insurance.

Given the current legislative landscape, the report warns that the decision to enter the legal marijuana market should be made cautiously and with the advice of legal counsel experienced in criminal, civil, and forfeiture law.

Florida: Anti-Pot Group Claims Medical Marijuana Could Lead To Date Rape

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An anti-marijuana group in Florida is making new claims that legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes could lead to date rape.

The group "No On 2" recently posted an ad on Facebook asking, "Will the face of date rape look like a cookie?" In the ad, a man and a woman are portrayed hugging, with an arrow pointing to a Photoshopped cannabis cookie in the man's back pocket, reports Jeff Skrzypek at WPTV.

"I absolutely thought it was fake," said Florida state Senator Jeff Clemens, who supports medical marijuana. "I thought it was a joke."

The ad opposes Amendment 2, which will appear on the Florida ballot in November. If the amendment gets 60 percent or more of the vote, it would legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

Clemens said he simply couldn't believe No On 2 would post such an outrageous ad.

"I think any woman should find that offensive to somehow suggest that if you use medical marijuana to deal with a health issue ... that somehow that's going to make you more susceptible to rape," Sen. Clemens said. "It's really beyond the pale."

Hundreds commented on the ad on the No On 2 Facebook page, with many claiming it was inappropriate and offensive.

Florida: Investors and Entrepreneurs Line Up For Medical Marijuana Green Rush

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Interest in Florida medical marijuana is so high, March's Meet the Experts conference in West Palm Beach was sold out and dozens were turned away. The organizer told Hemp News he has had to move their next conference to a larger South Florida venue.

Businessmen, investors, doctors, lawyers, would-be dispensary owners, future medical marijuana growers and caterers flocked to the last seminar in West Palm Beach. Conference promoter and Silver Tour founder, Robert Platshorn, is hosting Meet the Experts II, on May 17, at the Emerald Hills Country Club, near Fort Lauderdale Airport.

"I felt bad at the last event, cramming in over a hundred and twenty people," Platshorn said. "But many who showed up ticketless, were stuffing hundred dollar bills in my pockets and pleading just to be able to stand in the back for 10 hours."

No surprise! Platshorn's lineup of speakers is a list of superstars of the marijuana industry. Discovery Channel's Mike Boutin, featured on "Weed Country," has grown medical marijuana for more than 30 years. Keynote speaker Ean Seeb is Chairman of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Along with his partner Kayvan Khalatbari they founded Denver Relief and Consulting, featured on 60 Minutes and considered the model dispensary for America. The partners are helping entrepreneurs in several states obtain licenses and establish successful businesses practices.

Florida: State Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Medical Marijuana Initiative

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Florida Supreme Court on December 5 will hear arguments on whether a proposed initiative to amend the state constitution, legalizing medical marijuana, should go before voters on the November 2014 general election ballot.

The announcement came just before supporters and opponents of the measure were to gather at the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College for a debate, "The Great Debate! Marijuana Legalization: Make An Informed Decision," reports Alex Sanz at WPTV.

The debate will pit Aaron Houston, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), against Kevin Sabet, who director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and a notorious anti-cannabis whack-job.

"It's needed now because there are people who are ill now," said William Deans, an organizer at Medical Marijuana Petition Palm Beach. "We're going to have 900,000 petitioners before it is said and done with, who have signed to indicate that they want this issue on the ballot."

Jeff Kadel, executive director of something called the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, wasted no time in displaying his ignorance on the subject.

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