Marijuana is a serious business in Florida, despite the setbacks

High minded

Marijuana is a serious business in Florida, despite the setbacks
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Oh hi!

Welcome to our annual 420 Issue, in which we cover all things "high-minded" in the Sunshine State.

Marijuana is serious business in Florida right now: politically, economically and medically, anyway. And while we haven't caught up to the 10 states where recreational marijuana is legal, most people feel that it's only a matter of time. If our Legislature has anything to do with it – and they do! – that'll be the longest period of time possible, preferably an infinite indefinite era while they drag their feet on implementing the will of the people.

But meanwhile, in reality if not in law, cannabis is not just an industrial product or a medicine; it's also part of a pleasurable, pain-free life. So that's how we've covered the issue: We have an interview with Nikki Fried, the state cabinet member who oversees medicinal and industrial usage; a roundup of recent legislative actions (or shall we say inaction) and a guide on what to expect if you go for an MMJ card; as well as a recipe for luxurious chocolate canna-truffles to munch on while we wait for the state to sort out legal edibles. To round it all out, there's a glossary for those who are too embarrassed to admit they don't know their flower from their dab (hint: not the dance move).

So here you go, high rollers. Enjoy.

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