Florida Department of Health Releases Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules

Florida Department of Health Releases Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules

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On Jan. 17, 2017, the Florida Department of Health unveiled a set of proposed regulations for Florida’s medical marijuana system. Under the proposal, rules and regulations guiding Florida’s low-THC medical marijuana program would be applied to the state’s wider system.

What that would mean for the market is that Florida would keep the number of licensed dispensing organizations at seven until patient enrollment reached 250,000, at which point one additional organization could be approved.

The new rules have garnered heavy criticism from medical marijuana advocates, many of whom claim that the rules violate the spirit and the letter of Amendment 2, the ballot measure which voters passed to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

“The rule is basically ignoring the text of the constitutional amendment at almost every point of the way,” said Ben Pollara, United for Care campaign manager, to The Sun Sentinel. “This is not one of those things that is up for interpretation by a court or anyone else.”

According to Florida Politics, five workshops have been scheduled for the public and interested parties to share their input on the proposed rules. The workshops are as follows:

Jacksonville
Feb. 6, 2 p.m., Duval County Health Department, 900 University Blvd. North

Fort Lauderdale
Feb. 7, 10 a.m., Broward County Health Department, 780 SW 24th Street

Tampa
Feb. 8, 9 a.m., Florida Department of Health, Tampa Branch Laboratory, 3602 Spectrum Blvd.

Orlando
Feb. 8, 6 p.m., Orange County Health Department, 6102 Lake Ellenor Drive

Tallahassee
Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Room 148

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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