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Health Dept: Medical Marijuana Right Around The Corner

Florida's newly licensed growers are preparing to cultivate marijuana.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Florida's newly licensed growers are preparing to cultivate marijuana.
Florida's newly licensed growers are preparing to cultivate marijuana.
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

Florida’s Department of Health says nurseries could begin processing marijuana next month.  The department has been wrangling with the issue for more than two years.

Florida voters will decide on a broad medical marijuana initiative later this year.  But in the meantime, the Department of Health is trying to implement a more limited program signed into law two years ago.  Office of Compassionate Use director ChristianBaxsays four of the five original nurseries have begun growing cannabis and he expects broad access for patients when products hit the market.

“The department anticipates dispensaries to open in every major population center in the state,” Bax says, and he expects multiple outlets in the Big Bend region.

“So for the northwest regions we anticipate dispensaries being opened in Panama City, Pensacola, Quincy [and] Tallahassee,” Bax says.

Current state law allows for home delivery, and nurseries can dispense in any region regardless of where they’re located.

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.
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