Florida schools and businesses go to pot

Schools are popping up in Florida to teach the ABCs of P-O-T, while new medical marijuana-related businesses are proliferating as the state approaches the Nov. 4 vote on whether to legalize marijuana for medical use.

The interest grows against a backdrop of rhetoric and money from supporters and opponents of Amendment 2.

Florida nurseries seek piece of pot pie

Hundreds of eager students are paying tuition, ranging from about $300 to $500, to learn basics of growing and dispensing medical pot from schools such as Medical Marijuana Tampa, Cannabis University of Florida in Jacksonville and seminars such as the traveling Cannabis Career Institute.

Businesses listed on the Florida Division of Corporations with names starting with “marijuana,” “medical marijuana,” or “cannabis” numbered nearly 100 as of May 23.

The motivation is

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