The initial launch date for this move was “shelved” by a Florida Judge last month. Today there will be a hearing in Orlando where the Florida Department of Health will propose adjusted rules and regulations regarding the states new possible acceptance of CBD heavy strains of marijuana.
The Palm Beach Post Reports:
State officials will renew efforts today at crafting regulations for a strain of medical marijuana that was originally to be made available to cancer or epilepsy patients beginning Jan. 1.
The launch date was shelved when an administrative hearing judge last month overturned the first regulatory structure created by the Florida Department of Health, after several rounds of public hearings last summer.
Today’s hearing in Orlando is expected to be shaped by Judge David Watkins’ ruling. But it’s hard to tell how many such hearings it may take before health officials again put forward proposed rules for growing, processing and distributing the non-euphoric, marijuana oil dubbed Charlotte’s Web.
The marijuana strain is rich in cannabidiol, or CBD, but low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound which produces a high.
Miami-based Costa Farms, the Florida Medical Cannabis Association and others had challenged the Health Department’s initial plan to use a lottery to help license the five agricultural nurseries that would grow and distribute the medical pot.
Under a measure approved last spring by the Republican-led Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, production was limited to nurseries in business at least 30 years in Florida and registered to grow at least 400,000 plants. About 75 nurseries qualified.
The Health Department’s first series of public hearings were jammed with growers, business representatives, marijuana trade groups and others – most with an opinion on how Florida should shape its new industry. Many also had a self-interested angle on the pot product.
The judge in his decision also threw out a Health Department provision that would have allowed nurseries to pair with other companies to become eligible for a license. The judge ruled health officials couldn’t “relax” state law.
Many of those elbowing for a piece of the new industry were positioning themselves as financiers or partners with established nurseries.
But going forward, some involved in the fight say that eliminating the prospect of pairing companies could actually limit the freewheeling infighting that consumed the first attempt at regulations.