Less than two weeks before Florida’s constitutional amendment enlarging the legal utilization of health marijuana takes effect, the State’s Department of Health has approved a permit that is seventh and may be on the verge of adding at least one more.
Section spokeswoman Sarah Revell said they have reached an agreement with McRory’s Sunny Hill Nursery for the license that was seventh. The greenhouse is affiliated with GrowHealthy and can operate an indoor facility.
The department also agreed to settle with Plants of Ruskin and 3 Lads Farm. Both greenhouses will work on terms that are potential to present to the department. That would resolve the final of the 13 administrative challenges filed by nurseries not picked for the initial five licenses last December from the Office of Compassionate Use.
Through administrative challenges and settlements, two additional permits have been awarded thus far. The state’s Division of Administrative Hearings ruled that a Northeast Florida nursery should have received a license as a result of background check being erroneously disqualified.
Amendment 2, which was accepted by 71 percent of Florida voters, took effect on Jan. 3rd. It permits higher-strength cannabis to be utilized for a wider list of medical ailments once a new group of rules are adopted and implemented.
The state legislature and Department of Health have six months to revise current rules and must execute them within nine months. The Florida Senate’s Health Policy Committee conducted a hearing to start the process.
The present law — which was accepted by the state legislature in 2014 — allows non-smoked, low-THC pot for patients with ailments or cancer that cause acute spasms or long-term seizures. It had been expanded in March to enable patients to higher strength cannabis with terminal illnesses accessibility.
The March legislation also ensures that once the patient registry reaches an, 250,000 additional three permits will be made accessible, one of which will be designated for black farmers.
The state registry currently has 340 doctors and 1,495 documented patients but state officials anticipate a considerable increase once the change is executed.
Four organizations have been approved for doling out authority and therefore are doing in -home delivery throughout the state.