Today, November 3rd, 2015: The Florida Heath Department awarded 5 licenses to grow marijuana in the state of Florida. Last year the FL legislature passed the Florida Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 which was created to help get children low-THC Marijuana oil for severe seizures and spasms.
The approved nurseries by region are:
- Hackney Nursery Co. (Northwest)
- Chestnut Hill Tree Farm (Northeast)
- Knox Nursery (Central)
- Alpha Foliage (Southwest)
- Costa Nursery Farms (Southeast)
Those 5 nurseries now have 10 business days to post a $5 million performance bond. If a nursery doesn’t post a bond, the department will pick the next highest-scoring applicant by region.
Approved nurseries must ask for authority to grow within 75 days, and begin planting within 210 days of getting that permission.
The plan is that nurseries will grow the marijuana, which will be made into an infused oil to ingest.
After Monday’s announcement, state Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted, “I am thrilled that today Florida issued licenses to legally grow # for the sick and dying #
The Department of Health was charged with setting up a system to make sure sick kids can get the drug. But long rule-making delays, including some caused by legal maneuvering, have hampered the process.
Applications, reviewer score cards, and a map of approved nurseries with approval and denial letters are available for public viewing by clicking here.
The department now has to make rules for nursery inspections; a workshop will be held Dec. 9 at the department’s Tallahassee headquarters.
There are multiple organizations securing signatures for petitions to allow greater use of marijuana in Florida.
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia now have decriminalized medical marijuana under state law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but selling marijuana is still technically a federal crime.
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