At Long Last: Florida’s First Medical Marijuana Crop Ready for Harvest

At Long Last: Florida's First Medical Marijuana Crop Ready for Harvest

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After two years of lawsuits and delays, the very first crop of medical marijuana in the state of Florida is ready to harvest. According to News 4 Jax, Surterra Therapeutics, the first company in the state to receive a cultivation license, has begun harvesting its first non-euphoric medical marijuana crop.

“It’s a very exciting place to be in the medical field in Florida right now, because this is not just a new medication we’re talking about,” said Dr. Joseph Dorn, medical director of Surterra. “This is a mindset transformation in the treatment of patients, probably tens of thousands of patients whose symptoms are not completely relieved right now.”

Although Florida legalized non-euphoric medical marijuana in 2014, the fledgling policy has been beset by lawsuits over licensing, making this first harvest a symbolic bookend to a long and thorny regulatory process.

The crop will now be processed into oils, balms, sprays and capsules that should be ready to ship next month.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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