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Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham speaks to Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve; Daniel Elias, president of Pharmacology University, a medical marijuana education program; and Darrin Potter, Chief Horticulture Officer at GrowHealthy in Lake Wales. GrowHealthy and Trulieve are licensed medical marijuana treatment centers and are authorized to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana in Florida. They tell us that you're going to need very deep pockets to get started in the medical cannabis business in Florida.

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Tampa strip club owner and cancer patient Joe Redner is vowing to take his fight to grow medical marijuana for his personal use to the Florida Supreme Court.

Lawmakers Blast Agency Over Marijuana Rules

Feb 6, 2018

A joint legislative oversight committee delivered a public shaming to Florida pot czar Christian Bax on Monday, repeatedly chiding the state health official and others as they sat silently while the panel shredded regulations intended to carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.


Florida health officials are under fire for the slow implementation of the latest medical marijuana law.  State lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses.

Challenge Could Delay Marijuana ID Outsourcing

Oct 30, 2017

In a move that will almost certainly rankle already-perturbed lawmakers, a rejected vendor intends to challenge state health officials' hiring of a competitor to process medical-marijuana identification cards.

Gov. Rick Scott this summer signed into law  a bill that implemented the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Amendment 2, which mandated an expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program.

One requirement of that was the creation of a panel to review all physician certifications submitted to the medical marijuana use registry.