Florida farmer sues state to allow more pot growers

Florida farmer sues state to allow more pot growers

This past July Florida’s Department of Health (DOH) was required to issue 4 more licenses by October 3, 2017, making the total to 10 pot growers for the state.  In accordance with the state law in place, those 10 growers are the only ones permitted to open a MMTC (medical marijuana treatment center).  The deadline had long since past and the Garrison Family, owners/operators of Bill’s Nursery are suing.  They have joined together with Michael Bowen, who had a grand mal seizure this past April on the Florida Senate floor and has used medical marijuana when traditional medicine failed him.

In a press release, the nursery stated that “the number of MMTCs currently operating in Florida has proven to be inadequate for a state so large in both population and geography.  The problem is exacerbated by the fact that different marijuana strains have varying effectiveness when treating different medical conditions and the small number of MMTCs further limits the quantity and types of strains available to patients.”

DOH spokesperson Mara Gambineri, says ‘the department is working diligently everyday to implement the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in Senate bill 8A and are dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low THC cannabis (CBD) and medical marijuana.”  The Office of Compassionate Use issues medical marijuana cards.  The office has 12 employees, 9 of whom are part-time.

First reported by Miami New Times

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