Florida approves Gainesville nursery to grow medical marijuana

State health officials on Monday paved the way for Gainesville-based San Felasco Nurseries to join five other dispensing organizations authorized to grow medical marijuana in Florida.

San Felasco’s approval came after an administrative law judge ruled in February that health officials wrongly rejected the nursery’s application last year because of a decade-old drug crime.

The nursery’s approval to start the process of growing medical marijuana was also made possible by a new law, passed by the Legislature during the session that ended in March and signed by Gov. Rick Scott less than two weeks ago.

The new law authorized full-strength marijuana for terminally ill patients and also addressed long-running problems in carrying out a 2014 cannabis law that was primarily billed as a way to help children with severe forms of epilepsy.

Doctors were supposed to begin ordering the non-euphoric cannabis products for patients more than a year ago, but administrative issues and legal challenges delayed implementation of the 2014 law, spurring frustrated lawmakers to propose the changes in this year’s legislation.

To read more: http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2016/04/05/florida-approves-gainesville-nursery-to-grow-medical-marijuana

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