Medical Marijuana Selection Faces Challenges
According to Florida Politics, the limited license to grow medical marijuana is met with several challenges. There are as many 13 reported across five regions with the regards to the state's decision to grant license to the marijuana industry. The industry experts and lobbyists did not expect 13 buut predicted only eight at most. "I think the Department of Health has done a great job with the process, but I think now everyone will take a step back and assess what the next step is," said Taylor Patrick Biehl, who represents the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida. "By no means is anyone doing any finger-pointing. This was something that was expected and that both sides have prepared for."
On 23rd November, five nurseries were named by the Office of Compassionate Care. To be able to qualify, the nurseries were required to be in business for at least 30 years and should have grown at least 400,000 plants at the time of their application. The five nurseries selected were Alachua's Chestnut Hill Tree Farm (Northeast), Hackney Nursery Company in Quincy (Northwest), Alpha Foliage in Homestead (Southwest), Costa Nursery Farms of Miami (Southeast), and Winter Garden's Knox Nursery (Central). Chestnut Hill has already filed in a counterclaim in case they are not given the requisite license to grow the medical marijuana, reported Latinos Health.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Department of Health in Florida announced a competition on which 24 companies applied and a total of 27 applications were received. Based on their set criteria, they gave a score to each company and finally named the five nurseries that will be given the legal authority to plant and sell medical marijuana. As many as 11 companies have already challenged the decision.