Florida Medical Marijuana Provider Wants to Kick Start Rules for Edibles

Florida Medical Marijuana Provider Wants to Kick Start Rules for Edibles

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In the state of Florida, one medical marijuana provider hopes to kick start the rule making process for edible marijuana. On Sept. 29, 2017, Surterra Wellness filed a petition with the state Department of Health, demanding that the department begin crafting rules and regulations for edible medical marijuana.

As the law is currently written, the department must “discourage consumption of edibles by children” by determining which shapes, forms, and ingredients are allowed or prohibited in an edible marijuana product. Until such determination is made, a medical marijuana provider cannot produce or sell edible products.

“Many patients have been seeking edible products because it is the best format for them to find relief,” Surterra Florida President Wesley Reynolds said in a statement, as quoted by the Sun Sentinel. “Surterra Wellness has and will continue to fight for access to medical cannabis, and this is just a continuation of that cause.”

For their part state health officials already claim to be working on regulating edibles. Because of a myriad of other issues involving the state’s medical marijuana program, such as a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the application process, a timeline for edible rules has not been announced.

Under state law, the department must either begin the rule making process within the next 30 days or provide a written explanation as to why that is not possible.

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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