Florida Legislature failed to pass legislation to control the state’s medical cannabis plan, handing off the work to well-being regulators – a scenario that’s MMJ advocates worried.
Their concern comes after Florida health regulators proposed a strategy before this season to supply the state’s seven existing CBD-focused businesses whole control of the full-strength MMJ market.
Such a move would effectively close the state’s MMJ industry off to new growers and dispensary operators expecting to capitalize on a November voter initiative legalizing full-strength medical cannabis to get a broad swath of patients.
The legislative session ended at midnight Friday before the lawmakers could reach an understanding on regulations regulating dispensaries and cultivators, the Miami Herald reported.
The Florida Department of Health has until July 3 to decide how Modification 2 – as the MMJ amendment was understood – implemented and will probably be regulated. MMJ supporters stress the DOH will restrict patient access and dispensaries and, consequently, cultivators, thus restricting business opportunities.
Attorney John Morgan, who helped fund the MMJ campaign, is urging lawmakers to go back to Tallahassee and convene a special session to get the laws passed, based on the Tampa Bay Times.