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Florida Gears Up For Medical Marijuana Passage

With legislation legalizing medical marijuana pending, many South Florida law firms are betting and getting ready for its eventual passage.

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Protest for the legalization of medical marijuana

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Manager Paradise Hughes prepares a joint to sell to customers at the Alternative Herbal Health Services Cannabis Club.

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Proponents of Florida's medical marijuana amendment have more than 70 percent of the public's support behind them, not to mention opposition to the legislation hasn't been well organized.

South Florida law firms, attorneys and businesses have taken notice as well with many starting medical marijuana advisory practices. The Florida Bar has even given them its blessing.

Here is a round-up of the DBR's recent medical marijuana coverage.

The Florida Bar Gives Lawyers Starting Medical Marijuana Consulting Business Green Light
The Florida Bar will not discipline lawyers for advising clients seeking to set up medical marijuana businesses under a policy approved by its board of governors.

Akerman Group Focuses On Medical Marijuana
In May, the Akerman law firm has launched a regulated substances task force to assist clients with proposed changes in laws governing regulated substances, including medical marijuana.

Former State Prosecutors Launch Medical Marijuana Practice
At the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, Julian Stroleny and Christopher Pagan routinely sent marijuana growers and those in possession of pot to jail—and wrestled with their guilt at night. Now, they will be helping the same people they once prosecuted in their new private law practice, consulting with medical marijuana growers and entrepreneurs.

Florida Lawmakers Extol Virtues Of Medical Pot
The federal government has "dropped the ball for the last 30 or 40 years" in its marijuana policy and Florida is ready to pick it up, Sen. Jeff Clemens said in April, expressing confidence that this November's ballot initiative to legalize medicinal pot will pass.

Lobbyist Puts Professional, Personal Experience To Work For Medical Marijuana
Earlier this year, Ron Watson left the Florida Dental Association and started a one-man shop with the association as his sole client so that he could advocate for "Charlotte's Web," a strain of medical marijuana that backers believe can dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy.

Miami Attorney Seeks To Capitalize On Buzz Over Medical Marijuana
Criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Feiler, past president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, launched Grass Roots Marijuana Florida Inc. in February selling store franchises throughout the state and charging $25,000 for reservations and $75,000 for franchises.

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