Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US FL: A Florida Sheriff Catches Attention, And Some Heat, With An

    New York Times, 12 Apr 2017 - Maybe it was the ski masks that did it. Or it could have been the steely look in the eyes of Lake County, Fla., Sheriff Peyton Grinnell as he deadpanned: "We are coming for you. Run." Perhaps it was the muted background music: an eerie melody that wouldn't have been out of place in a Batman movie.
  2. US FL: Florida Health Officials Begin Medical Marijuana Rules

    Sun-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - Caption Davie imposes temporary moratorium on medical marijuana centers Florida health officials have started the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana. The Department of Health on Tuesday published the proposed rules and announced that public hearings will be held in five cities Feb. 6-9.
  3. US FL: Broward Doctor, Assistant Arrested On Prescription Drug

    Sun-Sentinel, 16 Jan 2017 - Dr. [name redacted], 50, of Parkland, was arrested Wednesday on prescription drug allegations at his Wilton Manors practice, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. (Sun Sentinel / Drug Enforcement Administration Handout) A Broward doctor and his medical assistant were arrested on prescription drug charges Wednesday, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
  4. US FL: Marijuana Laws Flummox Doctors

    Orlando Sentinel, 15 Jan 2017 - TALLAHASSEE -- Even as the state prepares to carry out a constitutional amendment authorizing medical marijuana, a lack of guidance from health officials could create a "very murky and dangerous legal area" for patients and doctors. Authors of the amendment, industry insiders and legislative leaders have called on the Department of Health to clarify what doctors and dispensing organizations can legally do under existing state laws and the voter-approved amendment that went into effect Tuesday.
  5. US FL: Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Elderly, Too

    Orlando Sentinel, 07 Jan 2017 - [photo] Oxycodone pain pills. It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.
  6. US FL: PUB LTE: Orlando Right To Lessen Pot Punishment

    Orlando Sentinel, 04 Jan 2017 - Kudos for pot vote Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city of Orlando recently passed, 4-3, the initial vote to deprioritize arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. I'm thankful for Dyer and Commissioners Regina Hill, Patty Sheehan and Robert Stuart for their support of the ordinance. I, unfortunately, left the City Council meeting feeling disappointed in Commissioner Samuel Ings for voting against it.
  7. US FL: Months Of Waiting And Legislative Wrangling Ahead For Medical

    Orlando Sentinel, 29 Dec 2016 - Would-be medical marijuana entrepreneurs face months of waiting and an unknown number of rules and regulations With the passage of the medical marijuana amendment, would-be pot-shop proprietors looking to get in on the ground floor of Florida's Green Rush are in for months of waiting and an uncertain regulatory future.
  8. US FL: PUB LTE: Laboratory Of The States

    Tampa Bay Times, 11 Oct 2016 - The only sure way to know if the dire warnings against Amendment 2 (medical marijuana) will happen is to vote it in and find out. Fortunately for Florida, other states have already done that. The four states where marijuana is fully legal began with medical marijuana about 15 years before. Those years of experience told voters that the dire predictions were wrong.
  9. US FL: Fla. Pot Proponent: Regulation Is Key

    The Palm Beach Post, 05 Sep 2016 - Brightly lit and bustling, Harborside Health Center serves as something of a model for the medical marijuana industry - even as California's freewheeling approach to cannabis is seen as an example of how not to do things. As dozens of customers at Harborside pick their products, chatty budtenders talk knowledgeably about the selection, which includes cannabis for smoking, eating and vaporizing.