www.FloridaWeekly.com INSIDEWEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018Vol. 3, No. 28 FREE Top PicksThe ultimate Michael Jackson experience. A8-9 Local focusLarry for Fantasy Fest King. A6 Real EstateA two-bedroom Key West Golf Club townhome for $524,000. A18 Bartender of weekIts Parrots and Eagles for Valerie Hines Grohol. A6 To p P i The ul t i m ex p erien c R e a l E A twobe Go lf C l u b f or $524 Barte n I ts Parro t Va l e ri e H BY ERIC RADDATZeraddatz@ oridaweekly.com AND EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@ oridaweekly.com OOKING FOR SOME MARIJUAna? While to many this question seems shady, the reality is you live in Florida, a state that now legally allows use of medicinal cannabis. If your answer is yes, you may have some questions about how to get it. You are not alone. Since 71 percent of Floridians voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana in 2016, and Amendment 2 became law, a few things are sure. You can get marijuana legally in numerous locations across the state. In order to get it, you have to go to a doctor to authorize you to use it, one who has been certified by a two-hour course approved by the Department of Health. There LSEE WEED, A10 THEBASICSOFGETTING LEGALCANNABISIN THESUNSHINESTATE FLORIDA & INSIDE: How and where do you get medical marijuana? A10 Experts Q&As. A10, 15 Quotables where some stand. A11 BY LAURA RICHARDSONFlorida Weekly Correspondent Thanks to movies like Pitch Perfect and TV shows like Foxs The Sing-Off, a cappella music, once just a hobby for musicloving nerds with too much time on their hands, is cooler than ever. But way before Anna Kendrick ever picked up a red Solo cup and even before college a cappella groups started recording epic mash-ups of Top 40 pop songs, the barbershop tradition had the four-part harmony game on lock. As early as the 1800s, American barbershop groups (in the form we recognize today) started to arrange classic songs for vocal performance without the crutch of background music to bolster their sound. But it wasnt until the spring of 1938, when the Barbershop Harmony Societys first meeting took place at the Tulsa Club, that the barbershop sound was defined and standardized and a true genre was created. Tuning up for the Key West Barbershop Music FestSEE BARBERSHOP, A14
A2 WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST EditorOwen Killianokillian@floridaweekly.comPublisherNiall Geogheganniall@floridaweekly.comReportersBucky Montgomery Laura Richardson Jennifer White Presentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comProduction ManagerAlisa Bowmanabowman@floridaweekly.comGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz Paul Heinrich Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerMichael Gagliardimgagliardi@floridaweekly.comSales and Marketing AssistantTiffany NagleOperations ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLC100 Grinnell Street Key West, FL 33040305.363.1310www.FloridaWeekly.com Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2018 by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC. OFF OFF DUVALThe most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and youll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots you might not see at first glance. Better than Sex, 926 Simonton St. 305-296-8102; www.betterthansexkeywest.com. A great place for couples. Swing by this dessert-only, adults-only restaurant late in the evening. Indulge your senses with chocolate dipped wine glasses and cheeky, homemade desserts and beverages such as an Ephemere Apple Spiced Ale in a tall beer glass with a signature caramel rim-job. Lick it good. Mellow Caf and Gastro Pub, 1605 Roosevelt Blvd. 305-745-3874; www. mellowventureskeywesst.com. Near the water in Old Town Key West, the caf is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers unique island fare with a mellow atmosphere to match. The menu items are crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and include a fresh catch, Havana roasted pork, romaine leaf plates and caramelized banana chocolate tacos. Drink options include a large selection of craft beers, 11 rotating tap beers, wine, house-made sangria and champagne cocktails. They have a great happy hour daily from 5-7 p.m., and delivery is available. Cuban Coffee Queen, 284 Margaret St. 305-292-4747; www.cubancoffeequeen.com. The strong Cuban coffee at this hole in the wall is also rich in Key West heritage. A caf con leche paired with a classic Cuban sandwich or some Havana rice and beans will keep you going long into a Key West night. Firefly, 223 Petronia St. 305-8490104; www.fireflykeywest.com. Being that Key West is home to the southernmost point of the continental United States, its fitting that the island is home to a Southern-inspired restaurant. Fireflys plantation-style look and its menu give it the most down-home feel of any culinary experience on the island. The shrimp and grits, fried chicken and bacon-wrapped meatloaf are a few fan favorites. Key West Island Bookstore, 513 Fleming St. www.Keywestislandbooks.com; 305-294-2904. This decades-old boutique bookstore offers a surprisingly varied wealth of current and used titles, from bestsellers to rare titles. Often open late, its an inviting place to browse the crowded stacks. La Rubia Fine Hats, 510 Fleming St. 305-296-6059; www.larubiakeywest. com. This is the Florida Keys only importer of authentic Panama hats. The owners developed the boutique to carry on the centuries-old tradition of hand weaving hats (which come from Ecuador, not Panama, by the way). There are styles for men and women in a wide array of colors and weaves. Theres also a nice selection of wearable fair trade crafts such as jewelry, ikat wraps and shigra bags. Little Pearl, 632 Olivia St. 305-2044762; www.littlepearlkeywest.com. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West and away from the bustling downtown streets sits this excellent spot for fresh local catch and innovative cuisine with a tropical twist. Its new and its hot. Reservations are required. Nancy Forresters Secret Garden, 518 Elizabeth St. 305-294-0015; www.nancyforrester.com. Ms. Forrester has a secret, and its not her garden, per se: Its what she keeps there. The longtime environmentalist has been caring for orphaned parrots for more than 30 years. She invites the public to meet them, take pictures, hold them and listen as she educates the community about her fine feathered friends. COURTESY PHOTOThe Mellow Caf and Gastro Pub is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A COZY UPSCALE CRAFT COCKTAIL BAR & LIQUOR STOREWITH CLASSIC COCKTAILS, FINE WINE & SMALL BITES!FULL RETAIL LIQUOR SPECIALTY STORE, STOCKING LOCAL DISTILLED SPIRITS, FINE WINES, LOCAL FLORIDA BEERS, RARE FINDSASK ABOUT DAILY SPECIALS! CRA F HAPPY HOUR 3-6 DAILY 1/2 PRICE CAVIAR $10 STOLI ELITE MARTINIS & COSMOS $8 SELECTED WHITE, RED AND SPARKLING WINES $6 CRAFT COCKTAIL ON TAP
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A4 WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST MAP IT OUT Getting around Key West1. Southernmost Point The corner of South and Whitehead streets www.southernmostpointwebcam.com The city of Key West erected this concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continential United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St. 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 www.conchtourtrain.com The iconic train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. 3. Sloppy Joes 201 Duval St. 305-294-5717 www.sloppyjoes.com A Key West tradition since 1933, this bars famous patrons include Ernest Hemmingway and rum runner Habana Joe. 4. Mallory Square Sunset Celebration 1 Whitehead St. 786-565-7448 www.sunsetcelebration.org This nightly festival begins at waters edge an hour or two before sunset and includes street performers, local artisans, food carts, palmists and psychics. 5. Truman Little White House 111 Front St. www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.comThe Little White House adds a presidential luster to the Conch Republic. Originally built for Naval officers in 1890 and used as a command headquarters in three wars, the Little White House later served as lodging for President Harry S. Trumans winter retreats fr om 1946 to 1952.6. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum 907 Whitehead St. 305-294-1136 www.hemingwayhome.com Take the tour and say hello to one of the 40-50 six-toed cats, all descendants of Hemingways cat, Snowball. 7. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory 1316 Duval St. 305-296-2988 or 800-839-4647 www.keywestb utterfly.com More than 50 butterfly species from around the world and 20 exotic bird species coexist in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat that includes waterfalls, flowering plants and trees. 8. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum 200 Greene St. 305-294-2633 www.melfisher.org Exhibits include treasures from the Spanish galleons of 1622 discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. 9. Mile Marker 0 Sign 490 Whitehead St. (corner of Fleming Street) U.S. 1 begins here in Key West and continues 2,369 miles north up the East Coast before ending in Fort Kent, Me. Stop here to commemorate your visit to Key West with a photo next to the iconic Mile Marker 0 sign. 10. Key West Express Ferry Terminal 100 Grinnell St. 239-463-5733 www.Keywestexpress.net Traveling via the Express is truly the best way to get between Key West, Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island. Youll enjoy air-conditioned interiors, exterior sun decks, couches, tables and even reclining airline-style seating. Theres a full-service galley, full-service bar and flat-screen TVs with satellite television. 11. Audubon House and Garden 205 Whitehead St. 305-294-2116 www.Audubonhouse.com Original lithographs by John James Audubon are on display in this former home of shipwreck salvager Capt. John Geiger. 12. Key West City Cemetery Bordered by Angela, Frances and Olivia streets and Windsor Lane 305-292-6718www.Friendsofthekeywestcemetery. comStop by the sextons office near the entrance at Passover and Windsor lanes and pick up a map that includes a free walking tour.13. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach At the ocean end of Southard Street and bordering the Naval Reservation. 305-295-0037 www.Fortzacharytaylor.com Fort Zach is known to locals and tourists alike as one of Key Wests best beaches. In addition to the expansive beach, the 54-acre park has nature trails, bike paths, picnic tables and grills and Historic Fort Zachary Taylor. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Key West Shipping Channel.
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A6 WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST Larry for Fantasy Fest King BY JENNIFER WHITEFlorida Weekly CorrespondentIt is hard not to miss Larry Blackburn. I had heard about and even seen the infamous Blackburn many times before we were ever introduced. Towering over a crowd with a camera in hand is how Ive always pictured him whenever his name came up in conversation. He seemed to me always larger than life, until I eventually got to sit down and talk to him and realize that he reflects all that is good about this community kindness and compassion, among other things and that he is in person just another human being trying to make things right. I fell in love with the Keys for the first time in 1975 and eventually work would bring me down about three to four times a year, he says. Over the years I came to love everything the Keys had to offer and I fell in love with the community, especially the LGBT community and the hetero community that is intertwined with it, he adds. The interaction and unity between the two communities made me feel like thats the way the world is supposed to be. We dont see color, age or sex. We just see people. Following the dream of equality, Larry officially moved to Key West 10 years ago after retiring from the United States Department of Navy. The extra time meant he could focus on his artistic talents as a professional photographer, and so that is what takes up a lot of his extra-curricular time these days. In fact, it has been for a long time. He built his first pinhole camera when he was in the eighth grade. Eventually the pinholes morphed into generous gifts that include a 35mm his Dad brought him from Japan. He couldnt put it down. From there, his quite literally developed a passion. My passion grew, but it was still a hobby, he says. I taught myself everything I could about photography. Photography encompasses many things. In Larrys world, it means having his photographs published in local, national and international publications. It means shooting for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post and The New York Times. And when it comes back to Key West, it means capturing the moments that are just as important to everyone else as they are to him. Couples come in to Key Wet to get married in the LBGT community and I am able to put together some nice memories for them he says. Larry is also a candidate for Fantasy Fest King. Contestants donate their time to organize events to raise money for AIDS Help. The two who raise the most money are crowned King and Queen. It doesnt mean that a monumental turn is needed or that they need to change the world. It is just a small step at a time. Larry wants to be Fantasy Fest King because, as he says, I just couldnt find a reason to say no anymore. So theres that. When I interview Larry he is working at La Rubia on Fleming Street, the hat shop his wife, Stephanie Hellstrom, owns, while she is visiting famiy in Ecuador. He speaks the world of her and her mother and how incredible these two women are in his life. I think they may have an influence on his decisions. You can catch Larry at one of his upcoming events by following @larry4king on Facebook or visiting www. larry4king.com. You can support a candidate of your choice, he says. And of course, support AIDS Help. BLACKBURN Cultural Day ps to Havana Cuba!PLAN YOUR TIP OAY!305-923-4033 Cal Us Toay!Find us onlie at AIRKEYWEST.comOur mission is to facilitate the experience that only Cuba can offer through its culture, history, natural beauty, and people. We are proud to offer full-service travel arrangements to individuals, groups, families, educators, students, professionals, and organizations under the General License categories issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. i i i f f i li h h i h l l C C b b ff O SCHEDUL DAY-TRIPS TO HAVNA EVRY MONDAY ND FRIAY! Dont Misb the Optortuniny!
FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 A7 BARTENDER OF THE WEEKValerie Hines Grohol: Parrots and Eagles all the way BY JENNIFER WHITEFlorida Weekly CorrespondentIf you were to look at Valerie Val Hines Grohols Facebook page at some point on a Sunday evening, theres a good chance youll see a post about the Philadelphia Eagles. Sunday also means Val will be watching the game one way or another, whether during a shift at Shots and Giggles or the Green Parrot, or from the comfort of her home because, well, the Philadelphia Eagles. Im a very, very big Eagles fan, she tells me more than once when I meet up with her right before the start of one of her shifts at the Green Parrot. Shes one of the resident bartenders at the Green Parrot, which is one of, if not THE place for live music on the island. The iconic bar is known for bringing in underground jam bands from all over the world and for pouring beer and (fill in the blank with Jameson, Jgermeister or the bars signature root beer barrels). When I ask her to describe the types of adult beverages the Green Parrot serves, she simply says: We like to say we are a beer and bar its a beer and this or a beer and that. A vibrating energy in the air mixes with the chatter of friends and the smell of freshly made popcorn coming from the vintage carnival king across from the stage. It only takes a few minutes of speaking with Val to feel like I am somewhere friendly with someone familiar. This is one of those bars that would be insanely popular even without trying. It takes a certain kind of bartender to make working at one of the coolest places on the island seem like all they are doing is bartending for their closest peers. Its that everyone-is-a-friend, nobodysa-stranger mentality kind of like an episode of Cheers every time you walk in. And Val fits right into the scene. Shes known around town for her sense of humor, easygoing vibe and genuinely happy state of being. Youre able to be yourself where I work and have your own personality, she says about why she enjoys her Green Parrot gig so much. I love meeting people from all over and finding a connection. You never know who is going to walk in. It might be one of the many regulars who pop in to see her. Or it might just be Jon Stewart, who Val served while working her first hospitality job at the historical Holiday Snack Bar home of the homemade snacks in Beach Haven, N.J. Growing up between the suburbs of Philly and on the shores of Jersey, she understandably preferred to spend her summers closer to the water. Its no wonder that Key West would eventually appeal to the recent early childhood development graduate when she was considering the biggest move of her life, trying to decide between St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Key West. She ended up choosing Key West because she didnt want to fly her dog. She left the day after Thanksgiving and only meant to stay six months. That was 13 years ago. I wanted to make a move before I woke up and realized I was 60 and had never gone anywhere, she says of the spontaneous decision to chase the elusive dream of escape. She met her would-be husband Mark while they were both working at the fine dining establishment Bagatelle. Togehter they decided to leave their paradise and try life in Charleston, S.C. Two years in, while driving home from work in a 15-minute drive that turned into 1 1/2 hours, they asked themselves: What are we doing? As so many of us do, the pair came right back to Key West and havent left since. Theres a strong sense of community here, she says of her established island home. Even though Im away from my family, I feel like I have a family. There is a lot of love here, and in this day in age we need more of that. You might be familiar with a couple of the places where Val has previously worked such as the late (and still-talkedabout) Finnegans Wake Irish Pub and the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille at the Galleon Resort. Or you may be more familiar with her other place of work, Shots & Giggles, a place that she compares to hanging out in someones living room. When I ask how she ever managed to score one of the most coveted jobs in the neighborhood at the Green Parrot, she says, A good friend was having a baby and they needed the shift covered. The rest is history. I love that when I go to work I get to hear killer music, she says as we wrap up so she can start her Thursday 3-7 p.m. shift at the Green Parrot. You can also find her there during soundcheck on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shes at Shots & Giggles from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday. But its the Green Parrot where you can find her the most. Its a well-oiled machine, she says about the bar. Its a family. Everyone works hard to be part of the team here. Im not a fancy bartender, but 99 percent of the time Ill come up with what the people are looking for even if they dont know what to call it. (Oh, and just in case I havent told you enough, shes a very, very big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.) Green Parrot 601 Whitehead St. Shots and Giggles 201 Ann St. JENNIFER WHITE / FLORIDA WEEKLY EVERY THURSDAY & FRIDAY COMEDY KEY WEST Join usKey Wests ONLY weekly stand up comedy show at the southernmost comedy venue in the US with the BEST stand up comics from all over the world, from rising stars to household names. 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A8 WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTSSPECIAL EVENTS10th annual Remarcable Pumpkin PatchOct. 11, 9 a.m. MARC House 1401 Seminary St. www.marchouse.orgFlorida Keys SPCA Charity Happy HourOct. 12, 5 p.m. Sidebar at Aqua 504 Angela St. www.sidebarkeywest.com2018 Stand up paddleboard invitationalOct. 12, 4 p.m. Smathers Beach 2601 South Roosevelt Blvd. www.specialolympicsflorida.orgWhos Bad? The ultimate Michael Jackson experienceOct. 14, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.comMUSICGreen Parrot Bar601 Whitehead St. Live music nightly Check the schedule at www.greenparrot.comIrish Kevins211 Duval St. Live music nightly Check the schedule at www.irishkevins.comMary Ellens420 Appelrouth Lane Open Mic with Comedy Key West, Mondays, 9 p.m. Drunken Spelling Bee, First Monday of each month, 9 p.m. Trivia, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. SIN Night (Service Industry Night), Wednesdays 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.Mellow Caf and GastropubBike Nights, Live Music Ride your bike and get half off your meal Thursday, 6-10 p.m. 1605 North Roosevelt Blvd. www.mellowkw.comSmoking Tuna4 Charles St. Live music nightly Check the schedule at www.smokingtunasaloon.comSloppy Joes201 Duval St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.sloppyjoes.comPHOTOGRAPHYPhotographs by Jorge de la TorrienteOngoing De La Gallery 419 Duval St. www.delagallery.com 305-395-2210HomegrownPhotographs by Michael Marrero Ongoing Gallery on Greene 606 Greene St. www.galleryongreene.comCINEMATropic Cinema416 Eaton St. www.tropiccinema.com Check the website for ongoing filmsLGBTAqua Nightclub711 Duval St. Aqua Idol for Fantasy Fest King and Queen Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Drag Shows Nightly, 7 and 9 p.m. Karaoke Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. www.Aquakeywest.comBobbys Monkey Bar900 Simonton St. Karaoke, nightly, 9:30 p.m. Bobbys Monkey Bar on Facebook COURTESY PHOTOChristopher Peterson performs in the Cabaret at La Te Da and is billed as a master of impersonations. Audiences will be thrilled with his characterizations of Joan Rivers, Better Midler, Judy Garland, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe and many more. Catch the show at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. La Te Da is at 1125 Duval St.
Bourbon St. Pub724 Duval St. Just Jeff (Moss), Thursday-Sunday, 8-10 p.m. Ronnie, Monday-Wednesday, 3-8 p.m. The Men of Bourbon, nightly www.BourbonSt.pub.com801 Bourbon Bar801 Duval St. Drag Shows, nightly, 9 and 11 p.m. Happy Hour Drag, 5 p.m. Saturday Drag Karaoke, 4 p.m. Sunday Messy Mondays with Mulysa, 1 a.m. Monday Fierce and Fabulous/Dragalicious, 1 a.m. Wednesday www.801bourbon.comSidebar at Aqua 504 Angela St. Kristen McNamara, Wednesday and Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. www.sidebarkeywest.comLa Te Da1125 Duval St. Christopher Peterson, Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Randy Roberts, Oct. 13 and 16, 9 p.m. 3Sum, Oct. 11, 12, 13 and 14, 8:30 p.m. Ronnie Lively, Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m. The Fabulous Spectrelles, Oct. 16 and 17, 8:30 p.m. Tea Dance, Sundays 4 to 6:30 p.m. www.Lateda.comAROUND KEY WESTLocal Farm StandWednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. Mellow Caf and Gastropub 1605 North Roosevelt Blvd.Ghost Tours and Ghost HuntsNightly 301 Whitehead St. and 1102 Duval St. 305-395-1435 www.hauntedkeywest.comFree Nutrition SessionsWednesdays through October, 5-7 p.m. Monroe County LibraryKey West 700 Fleming St. FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 A9 KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS #KW Whos Bad? The ultimate Michael Jackson experience. Watch and see why fans agree this is the number one tribute to Watch and see why fans agree this is the number one tribute to the King of Pop. Oct. 14, 8 p.m., The Key West Theater the King of Pop. Oct. 14, 8 p.m., The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.com www.thekeywesttheater.com10.14 2018 Stand up paddleboard invitational. An inclusive paddle event for Special Olympics athletes and Stand Up Paddlers nationwide! Oct. 12, 4 p.m., Smathers Beach, 2601 South Roosevelt Blvd. www.special olympicsflorida.org At Florida Keys SPCA Charity Happy Hour, donations will directly benefit the animals of the Florida Keys SPCA. Oct. 12, 5 p.m., Sidebar at Aqua, 504 Angela St. www.sidebar keywest.com10.1210.12 10.11 10th annual Remarcable Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 11, 9 a.m., MARC House, 1401 Seminary St. www.marchouse.org
A10 WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WESTare now more than 1,700 physicians in Florida for you to choose from. Via doctors orders, patients who suffer from various ailments such as chronic pain, migraines, PTSD, anxiety and life-threatening illnesses are entered into a state registry and apply for a medical marijuana identification card. As of press time, there were close to 130,000 active state ID card holders. Once you have your card, which the state says takes about a week, you can go to a dispensary and purchase marijuana. There are only 14 companies approved by the Department of Health called Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers that operate 55 retail storefront dispensaries throughout Florida. MMTCs are the only businesses allowed to grow, process and sell the product in the state. So you have to do everything from seed to sale, said Michael Costa, regional dispensary operations manager for Curaleaf, an MMTC that runs 11 dispensaries in Florida, including in Fort Myers and Lake Worth. Curaleafs marijuana plants are grown and processed in Miami-Dade County. The state limited MMTCs to 25 dispensaries each in Florida, so youll probably see new ones popping up. Since Florida does not allow smoking marijuana, vaping is the thing closest to it. Curaleafs most popular products are vape cartridges that are either filled with oil infused with marijuana compounds or the dried flower or bud itself sealed inside a pod. Notably, cannabis with significant amounts of THC is much more popular than the low-THC varieties. In just the week of Sept. 14 to 21, retail stores dispensed 40.1 million milligrams (or 1,446 ounces) of medical cannabis, including 1.9 million milligrams of the low-THC variety, the DOH says. Its still illegal to own or grow the flower, or roll and smoke a joint, though this state rule is being challenged in court, one of many areas of litigation over Floridas implementation of Amendment 2. Right now you can pretty much just buy edibles and oils, and you can vape. Depending on your doctors recommendation, there are different varieties and strengths. While CBD (cannabidiol) oils provide benefits without getting you high, others with more THC do cause those effects. Usually doctors suggest a combination of the two. Pretty easy, right? So where do you start? What doctor should you see? Are there dispensaries near you? Check our updated cannabis guide and dispensary map on the following pages to get to the bottom of it all. The amount of marijuana consumed in the United States is roughly estimated as a $10 billion to $20 billion business. These numbers are far from perfectly accurate as for the most part, transactions for product are mostly off the books because sales and consumption are still federally prohibited. States such as Colorado, Washington, California, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire and Alaska, which have legalized recreational use, have seen increases in sales and tax proceeds in addition to population surges and rising median real estate values. In Florida, medical cannabis sales are currently not taxed. In addition to getting the bottom of the basics a consumer may wonder about, there are a few weird questions we had to ask. Can you overdose on marijuana? No. You cannot overdose and die from marijuana. But if you take way too much which is especially easy to do with tasty edibles like brownies its not uncommon to spend a few very long, unpleasant hours riddled with anxiety. Can you invest in marijuana companies? Yes. But first read Florida Weekly Money & Investing columnist Eric Bretan on why you should hold off on buying marijuana stocks in last weeks edition. How much will this industry be worth by 2020? Florida estimates a $1.6 billion industry by then not including the possibility that recreational pot will become legal. In this edition youll also find answers from medical marijuana experts. That includes Fort Myers physician Dr. Gregory R. Sonn, who runs Iona Cannabis Clinic. He is one of a growing number of doctors certified to approve patients for an official Florida medical marijuana ID card and order a variety of products for them. Dr. Sonns Iona Cannabis Clinic has opened offices in Key West, Islamorada, and last month in Port Charlotte where Dr. Tucker Greene, who worked in emergency medicine and medical toxicology in Southwest Florida, including for 15 years at Cape Coral Hospital, will preside over exams. Were trying to broaden our patient base and provide more service to people in other areas, said Jodi Hahn, regional manager and executive assistant for Iona Cannabis Clinic. Why shouldnt you continue to buy illicit weed from your dealer and CBD oil from gas stations? For many marijuana smokers, it is relatively easy to get it from their local, albeit illicit, dealer. A quarter ounce baggie of fairly potent dried buds costs about $100 on the street. Dr. Sonn in Fort Myers estimates many patients spend $45 to $100 per month on product, though it could cost much more. A marijuana patch can cost $300 per month. And it costs $225 for an initial visit to Dr. Sonn, plus the cost of applying for a Florida ID card and renewing it every seven months. None of that is covered by insurance. So why not go to a dealer besides the obvious fact that it is illegal (possession of less than 20 grams is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida)? When youre buying cannabis off the street you dont know what youre getting, its not tested, you dont know what potency it has, you dont know if there are contaminants in it, Mr. Costa of Curaleaf said. Us being regulated by the Department of Health, we have to test everything for safety before it goes out our door. We also test for potency. And there is medical expertise. Lastly, there is the piece of the physician. Patients are typically working with physicians to allow physicians to manage their (use) in coordination with any other medications theyre taking. When it comes to CBD oil, Mr. Costa argues again that the approved medical variety is safer and more reliable in its production and dosing. So if you have a patient with seizures or various other conditions they will know that you are getting exactly what youre getting and you can rely on it, he said. Everything is tracked. Its very similar to a pharmaceutical or food manufacture that would have that same certification.Cannabis culture fest Interest in medical marijuana has become widespread even among some who have never used it in the past in any form. On Sept. 21, Dr. Sonn and his staff held an after-work Cannabis Culture Fest social seminar at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. A huge marijuana-leaf ice sculpture greeted guests, who ranged in age from their 20s to the 80s. Most appeared to be aging baby boomers. Afterwards about 60 people, nearly half of the 125-person limit on the invitation, signed up for a visit to potentially become a Florida marijuana ID cardholder, said Iona Clinic regional manager Ms. Hahn. People mingled outside the auditorium, where Floridas Medical Marijuana Treatment Center businesses, which operate dispensaries, including Curaleaf and Trulieve, had displays and answered questions. At another table, Jaime Renee Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking, and associate Ashleigh Rankin, showed attendees how to make marijuana candies. Fort Myers native Stephanie Sumasky, 27, is one of Dr. Sonns patients. She vapes (a cartridge filled with marijuana oil is fitted into a vape pen) as well as makes edibles to control pain and anxiety, and as a form of stress relief. Its awesome how many people its helping, she said. I just think its taken off. Its an awesome thing that a plant can help so many people. The fading, rearranging, but still prevalent stigma of marijuana culture was a theme underlying the event. One 81-year-old Fort Myers man who got a prescription to use CBD infused marijuana oil to control the pain and nausea associated with radiation treatment for prostate cancer declined to give his name. He puts six to 10 drops of CBD oil in his coffee each morning. I think there still is a stigma, he said. A Lee County high school teacher, Cape Coral resident Stephanie Peace, 44, said she wants to be honest with her students about marijuana and how it helped her after she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. But she treads carefully. In my profession I have to be super careful, she said. After her cancer diagnosis in 2015, the illness metastasized to other parts of her body. Although she had not previously been a recreational or medicinal user and didnt especially want the drug in her house, her loved ones had used it with success. Its worked for people close to me on arthritis and Alzheimers (symptoms), she said, and I thought, what do I have to lose? In 2016 she started taking marijuana, often by making her own edibles, and adjusting her own dose. The first time she tried it, she simply got high. But she also found it helped her cope with anxiety during a difficult time, boosted her energy level, helped her sleep and eased inflammation from her chemotherapy medication. Thanks to surgery and other treatment, her cancer is now in remission. She also believes marijuana may have increased the effectiveness of her chemotherapy, a claim that cant be proven for lack of research, though Dr. Sonn suggested in his presentation that cannabis could amplify the effect of other medications. No doctor can tell me, she said, how did the chemo and the cannabis affect each other? Dr. Sonn made his way around the room before attendees filed into an auditorium and munched on some provided snacks as he lectured and took questions for about 45 minutes. A physician who practiced hospice and palliative medicine for 18 years before starting his own health and wellness practice four years ago, Dr. Sonn has a passion for the potential medicinal effects of cannabis. I am a true believer in cannabis as medicine, he said. I believe its a natural source. Most of his patients are age 50 to 80, he said, and suffer from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, that cannabis can help relieve. One man in the room called out, A lot of us, I think, are dying to decrease the opioids. Could marijuana help do that? More marijuana, fewer opioids? Dr. Sonn explained that it depends on each individuals level of commitment and situation but that marijuana can be used to wean patients off opioids. One of Dr. Sonns patients, a 49-yearold Cape Coral man named Scott, said marijuana helped him mostly stop taking opioid pain medication. He declined to give his last name because of the stilllingering stigma of impropriety around pot smoking, while almost no one would hide from being an occasional drinker. Theres definitely still a stigma to it, but its going the other way, man, it really is, he said. But theres still that and people dont believe its medicine. Around 2013, Scott started buying weed from a dealer and infused it with coconut oil using a countertop Magical B utter herb extractor. At the time he had been on prescribed opioids including Percocet and morphine for more than three years. The marijuana allowed him to wean himself off regular use of those harsher drugs, he claims, and by the time he went to Dr. Sonn in 2017 he was only taking one pill every now and then. The medical marijuana experience has allowed him more variety and control over his use of the drug, and allows him to experiment with new products. Theres a lot of variety and theyre coming out with new things, he said. I use em all. I vape. I usually take the (CBD oil) three times a day. Depending on his pain level, he adjusts how much CBD and THC he takes to find a balance that works for him. The last four days I slowed down on my nighttime THC, he said. He also has a choice between strains that include more Sativa marijuana, which WEEDFrom page 1Dr. Greg Sonn Q&A >> What dangers, if any, do you feel you have to remind patients of the most? You cannot be impaired. And pregnancy information, which is mandatory by state regulations. >> How would recreational legalization change things for you? I think it would hurt marijuana as medicine because it would allow the casual user any product, which means the idea and prescription would be minimalized. Plus, my elderly or marijuana naive patient, which is 60 percent of my patients, would be reliant on a bud tender. (Same goes for ower.) Which if you were any other doctor in the area, would be a good thing. Most have minimum knowledge, but I know the medical and I teach and educate. >> What are the biggest obstacles to your business operating here in Florida? The other big companies in Florida were non-physicians. They came in to Florida from Nevada, Colorado and Arizona, advertised for a doctor and got started. I know; they hit me up early in the process. >> What are the biggest misconceptions you are seeing in our community when it comes to medicinal marijuana? They think they will be stoned all the time, or I dont want to give up my guns. >> Does insurance cover this? No. I doubt it ever will. I also think this is why it wont be legal at the federal level. Too much money to lose. Insurance companies, VA drug plans, Medicare Part D, the list goes on. Plus I dont think the government really wants the population as a whole to be healthy. >> What varieties of marijuana would you recommend? Depends on condition and patient and wanted outcomes. The entourage effect and micro dosing are (important considerations for me and my patients). >> What is the difference from those who self-medicate and the product that you offer? You mean illegal marijuana? One form is legal, consistent, available in all type of strength percentages. Completely reproducible. The other is illegal and you could go to jail. SONN
FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 A11 typically leaves patients more awake, and Indica, which is more likely to cause drowsiness. Its all trial and error, what works for you and what makes your whole body sync up, he said. You have to figure out where you get loopy and where you dont so you can function. The marijuana is less powerful than the opioids in its level and immediacy of pain relief, he has found. The opiates, like you could take a pain med, a couple hours you feel total relief, he said. (Medical marijuana) will make things better but it doesnt make it totally go away. Another thing, you dont feel like a zombie either. (With opiates), youre in a daze. That doesnt happen now. A survey on cannabis research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found insufficient evidence to either support or refute the success of cannabis users achieving abstinence from other addictive substances. But a more recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health in November 2017 found that the legalization of recreational cannabis resulted in a modest short-term reduction in opioidrelated deaths. Another study published in JAMA in May found that there was a reduction in opioids prescribed in the Medicare Part D population in states with medical marijuana policies. FDA UN-approved Dr. Gene D. Mahaney, president and medical director of Pain Management Consultants in Fort Myers, is a specialist in anesthesiology, pain management and addiction medicine. Dr. Mahaney is hesitant to write orders for medical marijuana for patients because the drugs ongoing illegal status at the federal level could put his practice at risk of being prosecuted, even if thats unlikely. So it puts us in a bit of a quandary in that patients we think would be appropriate, there is a concern of the DEA coming in and taking away your license for doing that, he said, noting that that has happened in California and Oregon. (And) anyone who receives federal funding would be at risk. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies marijuana along with heroin and other hard drugs as a schedule I controlled substance with no currently accepted medical use a definition denied by states including Florida, by patients, doctors, and researchers across the world. While there has never been an overdose death attributed to marijuana and many doctors call it safer than alcohol, the DEA lists morphine, oxycodone, and even fentanyl, drugs which continue to cause thousands of overdose deaths each year, as having a lower potential for abuse than cannabis. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment passed in 2014 prevented the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal funds SEE WEED, A15 I think medical marijuana was long overdue for use as an effective tool to overcome opioid addiction. I believed that as a prosecutor and I believe it now. I have seen evidence of those benefits, with close, beloved friends or colleagues using medical marijuana to ease heartwrenching suffering and life-damaging addiction. Douglas Molloy, defense attorney with over 30 years in the criminal justice system@FLGovScott has done everything in his power to block the will of the people. I had to sue and win. Now hes appealing. @RonDeSantisFL is more of the same. @AndrewGillum would drop the appeal day one and backs my effort to legalize it! John Morgan, Morgan & Morgan; forthepeople.comMedical marijuana is a crucial alternative to deadly and addictive opioids. People suffering from terrible conditions have found relief, and weve seen a 25 percent reduction in deaths by opioid overdoes in states which have allowed medical marijuana. This growing industry strengthens our economy while ensuring access to medicine that people need badly. As commissioner of agriculture, I will work to expand patient access and champion new economic opportunities that come along with the growth of medical marijuana in Florida. Nikki Fried, Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner FRIED MOLLOY MORGAN Quotables ... what some are saying 305.295.1300 532 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040 Open Daily 5:30pmMENU & RESERVATIONS MICHAELSKEYWEST.COM We Love Our Locals !! This is how we roll in KEY WEST! 3424 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040305-293-ww.keystjep.cmAre you ready for a Key West Jeep Adventure? Now, all you have to do is choose which Jeep you want. Weve got a wide selection of Jeeps to choose from. Whether you want a 2-door or 4-door, soft top, hard top or no top at all, weve got the perfect Jeep to suit your style and needs. Scroll through the photos of our Jeep eet and pick the one you want. We also have minivans and basic cars available! ADVENTUR PACKbGES: Beach Padtlenoard Adventur Custom Are You Ready for a Key Wst Jep Adventur? CNTAfr US! from Fery Teminal, Airpt FRE SHUTL
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Fireball $4 Jameson www.Danteskeywest.comGeiger Key Marina5 Geiger Road 4-6 p.m. Drink specials and special happy hour menu www.Geigerkeymarina.comGreen Parrot Bar601 Whitehead St. 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4-5:30 p.m. Friday Discounts on selected drinks and beers www.Greenparrot.comThe Grand314 Duval St. 5-7:30 p.m. Half-price wine, cocktails and beer Half-price appetizers www.grandcafekeywest.comHalf Shell Raw Bar231 Margaret St. 4:30-6:30 p.m. 2-for-1 drink specials Special happy hour food menu www.Halfshellrawbar.comHard Rock Caf313 Duval St. 5-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to closing Half-price appetizers and drinks www.hardrockcafe/keywestHogfish Bar and Grill6810 Front Street 4-6 p.m. Drink specials and special happy hour menu www.Hogfishbar.comIsland Dogs Bar505 Front St. 4-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Half-price well drinks, bottled beer and wine by the glass Half-price oysters, special $5.95 menu www.Islanddogsbar.comLucys Retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant320 Grinnell Street 4-7 p.m. Half-off 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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 A13 Key West dancer and New Orleans pianist team up to light up the Studios of Key West stage SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYIn 2013, New Orleans singer-songwriter/pianist Keith Burnstein met Key West dancer/choreographer Kyla Piscopink. The duo decided that together, they had a story to tell. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, the two with light up The Studios of Key West stage with Trueet, a fresh creative compilation with a nod to classical jazz and back lounge R&B. As I walked into the NOLA bar Three Muses, this incredible music filled the room and I was instantly inspired, Piscopink says. I said, I have to collaborate with this guy. Hes brilliant. His music moves me, and so here we are. Burnstein pulls inspiration as much from Tin Pan Alley as he does from modern geniuses like Jeff Tweedy. With a rich harmonic palette of jazz and R&B, topped by soulful and clever lyrics, hes made a name for himself the New Orleans music scene. He has toured with funk legends including The Headhunters, as well as Louisiana songwriter Kristin Diable, and released three records as a leader. It all begins with Keith, Piscopink continues. He writes the music that inspires me, and then I go into the studio and just move. I set the outline of my movement, then Keith and I put our heads together to integrate the movement and music even further. We dont stop working on ideas until the moment the show begins, and even during the performance we are, in a way, creating new bits and ideas all the time. Piscopink, the founder and artistic director of Dance Key West, has a style thats deeply rooted in classical jazz laced with contemporary undertones. Shes a storyteller by way of movement, with an innate ability to physicalize music and express narrative through dance. One of my favorite lyrics by Keith is Reveal your heart; its essential. Reveal your heart in a bind, she says. Every time I hear it, it actually makes me take a nice deep breath and think, Really, what more could you ask for in a lyric? Tickets for True-et are $30 ($25 for members) and can be purchased at www.tskw.org, or by calling 305-2960458. The Studios of Key West is at 533 Eaton St. COURTESY PHOTOSKeith Burnstein and Kyla Piscopink. Curry Mansion InnA Historic Bed & Breakfast with a daily cocktail party and a nightly happy hour. Located half a block from Duval Street with renowned restaurants, legendary bars, live music, theater and shopping.Self-Guided Tours Daily 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Adults: $5.00 donation, Children under 12 are free. House tours available for non guests28 Unique Rooms To Choose FromAll Inclusive Price With Room & Breakfast (305) 294-5349www.currymansion.com AMSTERDAMS #1 IN THE FLORIDA KEYS-Miami New Times 4/2017 305-396-7450 # NEW USED RARE 305-294-2904 KEY WEST ISLAND BOOKS513 Fleming Street, Key Westwww.KWIslandBooks.com GREAT BOOK SIGNINGS COMING IN NOVEMBER! Two Book Signings Friday, November 2nd. Lucy Burdette from 4pm-6pm and John Cunningham from 5:30-7:30 Meet the authors and enjoy a glass of wine.
A14 WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLYAccording to the Barbershop Harmony Society (whose members number in the tens of thousands across the world), Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic (the same word sounds at the same time) texture. The melody is consistently sung by the lead (second tenor), with the tenor (first tenor) harmonizing above the melody, the bass singing the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completing the chord. All that to say that barbershop harmonies are tighter than your Great Aunt Bernices yoga pants after Thanksgiving dinner. Not only must barbershop singers have beautiful voices, they must also be able to blend with their ensemble to create a full, expansive sound. Toss in striped jackets, straw hats and oversized mustaches and youve got a bona fide sonic phenomenon on your hands. (OK, the outfits are optional, but they are pretty darn cute.) And this Saturday, Key West is hosting its very own barbershop music festival. Largely a result of the efforts of Joe Tripp, a lieutenant in the Key West Police Department and all-around good guy who also happens to have an affinity for synchronized singing, the Key West Barbershop Music Fest takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Pauls Episcopal Church on Duval Street. Headlining the fest are The Miamians, a euphonious South Florida outfit dedicated to the promotion, performance and perpetuation of a cappella four-part barbershop harmony music. Founded in 1948, The Miamians are the official chorus of the Miami Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. By 1951, the Miami chapter was the second largest in the country and in 1965, the Miamians Chorus won the gold medal at the International Championships in Boston. In 2013, the Miamians merged with the Broward-based Sunshine Chordsmen, creating the regions largest barbershop performing ensemble, now serving South Florida from Palm Beach County to the Florida Keys. About four or five years ago, I was working on Duval Street during Fantasy Fest and I heard the sound of barbershop in the distance, Joe begins. I had been involved in barbershop singing in Tampa before I moved to Key West, so I followed my ears. I had to find these guys! It turned out that it was an ensemble from Fort Lauderdale called The Beetlejuicers. They were all dressed up in matching Beetlejuice outfits and everything. I asked them to sing a song with me, so we sang together and Ive seen them down here during Fantasy Fest every year since. The Miamians are donating the proceeds of Saturdays concert to two local charities that have a massive impact on the Florida Keys neediest residents the Sister Season Fund and Star of the Sea Outreach. When The Miamians decided they wanted to put on an event here, I was a good contact to help them decide which charities to donate to, Joe says. I havent done any barbershop singing myself since I lived in Tampa. There isnt any here, so I think this will be a real treat for Key West residents. And who knows? I may even pop on stage for a song or two. Though the Barbershop Harmony Society was created to preserve the music of the age, barbershop choruses of today arent limited to American standards and songs that are older than your grandmas dusty rotary phone. We cant promise anything, but Saturday nights show could hold tunes from artists as diverse as Sam Cooke and Wham. All the songs used in competition used to have to be old songs, Joe says. All that has changed. Although arrangements still have to meet barbershop standards in their chord structure, you can hear modern songs in competition. Groups have also seen a lot more younger people coming in, possibly because of different music being sung. I dont know about you, but my fingers are crossed for a barbershop version of Despacito. Tickets to the show run $30 and can be purchased at the door. And if youre rabid for all the a cappella your ears can handle (and down to do a little stalking), you could be in luck. Keep your eyes out and ears open on Friday and Saturday, Joe hints. Some of The Miamians may divide up and walk around in small groups for impromptu pop-up concerts along Duval Street. And you didnt hear it from me, but they might even end up on a Conch Train on Saturday afternoon. BARBERSHOPFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOBarbershop Music Fest headliners, The Miamians. Joe Tripp was instrumental in bringing the festival to Key West. KEY WESTS BEST ECO-EX PERIENCEOur owners are passionate about Key West and its unique sub-tropical eco-system. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 A15 to interfere with states medical marijuana laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. So there is some protection for doctors, patients and providers at the state level, Mr. Costa of Curaleaf said. But early this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to reverse or weaken that rule in a memo giving U.S. Attorneys permission to once again prosecute in any state based on the old Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which prohibits cultivation, distribution, and possession of pot. Dr. Mahaney and other physicians are against the federal ban because it has effectively made impossible at least in the United States the gold standard, randomized controlled studies that could potentially provide definitive evidence of some of the claims patients have made about marijuanas effectiveness and vastly expand its use and effectiveness as medicine. Theres so much we dont know with it, Dr. Mahaney said. Its very hard to quantify its exact potential, to be honest. The lack of research and the federal ban has also led to a medical marijuana market where mainstream providers may be left out of the loop and patients often dont get accurate information, Dr. Mahaney said. They may get directions for use from a clerk at a dispensary rather than a highly trained pharmacist, for instance. I think unfortunately the process for obtaining medical marijuana has been problematic for patients. Thats not to say there hasnt been substantive research. Dr. Mahaney points out robust studies in Israel and the Netherlands, and is convinced of marijuanas effectiveness in treating some ailments: nausea (related to chemotherapy), seizures, as a sedative, and for mild pain relief. He believes marijuana could help patients reduce though not replace opioids and other prescription drugs. As a pure analgesic, its not much stronger than Tylenol No. 3, he said, a pain reliever that includes acetaminophen and codeine. I think (medical marijuana) would be a good adjunct for pain management if it could be used in the context of replacing some of the benzodiazepines (Xanax, for example) and may be used in reducing the amount of narcotics people take.Survey of cannabis research finds more research needed In contradiction to the DEAs severe stance on weed, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2017 published a comprehensive survey of marijuana research, recommending that steps be taken to overcome regulatory barriers that may make it difficult to do research on marijuanas health effects. The report details about 100 reports on cannabis since 1999 and concludes based on the quality of the research how conclusive the results are. For instance, it found conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective in treating chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and improving patient-reported symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Maybe the most conclusive research of all is that more research is needed. The list of conditions for which there is limited or insufficient evidence to support claims associated with marijuana, include, to name just a few: as a treatment for cancers, epilepsy, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, curing addictions, improving symptoms of dementia, of post-traumatic stress syndrome, and better outcomes after a traumatic brain injury. There is also substantial evidence of cannabis use and increased risk of car crashes, as well as the development of schizophrenia and other psychoses, especially among frequent users. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page notes that cannabis has been used for a variety of health conditions for at least 3,000 years. Dr. Mahaney sees the federal government backing off approach eventually, if and when more states legalize the drug. In spite of federal rules, thats clearly not stopping the medical marijuana industry from rolling ahead in Florida, at least as far as possible within the states own limits. Like weedsMichigan-based Liberate Physician Centers employs doctors and staff at clinics there and in Illinois, Colorado and Florida. After officially opening its first Sunshine State office in West Palm Beach in 2015 in anticipation of the 2016 vote Liberate has opened clinics both by corporate expansion and franchising in Jacksonville, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers and Naples. Were working on rolling out 10 new offices across the state, said the companys chief operating officer, Mark Turgeon, who oversees the Palm Beach office. Potential areas of expansion include all sides of Florida. Mr. Turgeon mentioned Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, Lakeland, Jacksonville and Orlando as possible locations. Sensitive to the perception of the medical side of business catering to recreational users, he pointed out, this is not about pot heads and kids getting stoned or anything like that. Liberate patients average age in Florida is mid-50s. So our whole belief is, our physician centers are basically like wellness centers and were helping people with pain management in a holistic method, not writing prescriptions but making recommendations to people who qualify for medical marijuana cards, he said. We feel that and we know that we have changed peoples lives and we have testimonials from patients who got off the opioids and dont have all those side effects anymore. You cant get addicted to marijuana. And nobodys ever died (of an overdose) from marijuana. And there are people dying every day from opioid addiction and overdose. But he also suggests that there is a significant amount of crossover between medical and recreational use. When Florida legalizes recreational marijuana, which some predict will happen in perhaps five to 10 years, that could change the market, he said. Recreational kind of changes the playing field a little bit because everybody can just walk in to a dispensary and get what they need, they dont need to go through getting a medical marijuana card anymore. WEEDFrom page 11 Physicians Steps to getting medicinal marijuana1. Go to a doctor quali ed to prescribe medicinal marijuana. The doctor will be on the medical marijuana use registry. You must have a state ID card. When approved he will give you a prescription that you can bring to a medical marijuana dispensery.2. Register with the state to get your medical marijuana identi cation card. You can do this on your own or your doctor can help you with this. There is a $75 registration fee. 3. Go to a dispensary called a medical marijuana treatment center. Show your medical marijuana identi cation card. You can then purchase a variety of cannabis products.4. Thats it.* Be sure to consult with your doctor and attorney regarding usage, dosage and all concerns before trying at home. Physician List (licensed and trained to recommend cannabis / medical marijuana in Florida): www. oridahealth. gov/programs-andservices/of ce-ofcompassionate-use/_documents/ completed-cme.pdf PEACOCK Cole Peacock Q&A Mr. Peacock is a consultant for Apothecary Services, which advises those interested in beginning a medical marijuana business >> How big do you see this getting in Florida? Based on industry projections and the steady growth over the last year, this industry is set to be one of the largest industries in the state of Florida. Arcview Market Research, the leading publisher of cannabis market research, in partnership with New Frontier Data, the cannabis Big Data and analytics authority, has released its Florida Legal Cannabis Market State Pro le, which shows the potential growth of the medical market after Florida voters overwhelmingly chose to legalize medical marijuana with more than 70 percent of the vote. The of cial Arcview Market Research projection for the Florida market is $1.6 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 140 percent. ULTIMATE SOUVENIR!theFor appointment 305-295-2556712A Duval Street, Key West www.conchink.comTATTOOS & PIERCINGS
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