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Meet The Growers Of FL's First Medical Marijuana Crop

Five companies have been selected to grow non-euphoric medical marijuana in Florida.
Five companies have been selected to grow non-euphoric medical marijuana in Florida.

A Winter Garden nursery has been selected to grow medical marijuana for the Central Florida region.

Knox Nursery has two weeks to post a $5 million bond, and 75 days to request a cultivation authorization. Knox Nursery beat out seven competitors for the potentially-lucrative license in the most competitive area of the state.

The nursery’s territory covers 15 counties across the I-4 corridor, from Daytona Beach to Orlando to Tampa. The full list of winners includes:

  • Costa Nursery Farms in Southeast Florida
  • Alpha Foliage in Southwest Florida
  • Chestnut Hill Tree Farm in Northeast Florida
  • Hackney Nursery in Northwest Florida
  • Knox Nursery in Central Florida


Rick Scott signed a non-euphoric medical marijuana bill in June of last year, but implementation has been delayed by lawsuits. Separately, United for Care has collected more than 500,000 signatures to get a broader medical marijuana amendment on the 2016 Florida ballot.

-- Reporter Abe Aboraya is part of WMFE in Orlando. receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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