Five Medical Marijuana Dispensing Organizations Officially Selected by the Florida Department of Health

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Jeffrey Feiler

The Florida Department of Health has finally selected the five dispensing organizations authorized by SB 1030 in 2014 to cultivate and distribute the first legal medical marijuana in the State of Florida. This involves only "low THC" ("non-euphoric") strains to treat patients with seizure disorders. If all goes well, patients should begin to see medications by June of 2016. The law is intended to treat patients with intractable epilepsy as well as those with advanced cancer. To qualify for the low-THC-based cannabis medication, patients must obtain permission from a qualified doctor and be added to the Compassionate Use Registry.

Costa Nursery Farms, a dispensing organization out of Miami, won the bid for the Southeast Region. Alpha Foliage of Homestead won the License for the Southwest Region. Knox Nursery of Winter Garden won for the Central Region. Hackney Nursery Company of Tallahassee prevailed for the Northwest Region. Chestnut Hill Tree Farm of Alachua won for the Northeast Region.

In order to be considered as a dispensing organization, applicants had to be plant nurseries which were in business in Florida for at least 30 years and growing a minimum of 400,000 plants at the time they applied. The winners were chosen from a pool of 28 applicants from around the State by a panel of three state reviewers, based on rules set by a panel that included five growers.

Attorney Jeffrey Feiler is an experienced medical marijuana lawyer and is a member of the Board of United for Care. Mr. Feiler is available to discuss the proposed amendment, and also to advise clients interested in becoming involved with medical marijuana in Florida. For more information, call the Jeffrey Feiler Law Firm today at (305) 662-5663.

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