A new bill submitted Wednesday gets the potential to totally revamp Florida’s medical pot system – and remove hats on the amount of growers.
St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes submitted the expenses to put into action Amendment 2, the medical cannabis amendment approved overwhelmingly by voters previous November.
The bill, which you can read here, would get rid of Florida’s current medical pot program. Florida’s existing medical pot program is vertically included: nurseries develop, process, sell and deliver medical cannabis. Florida has two programs for medical pot: A low-THC pot program for conditions like epilepsy, and full-strength cannabis for the unwell terminally.
You can find just seven permit holders in Florida presently, which Brandes calling a “state sanctioned cartel” that restricts competition and ends in higher prices.
“That is definitely what we’re discovering,” Brandes said within an interview with WMFE. “We’re discovering these people today employing lobbyists in Tallahassee to avoid the marketplace from growing.”
The costs, SB 614, would get rid of the cover on the amount of growers also.
“No, there is no cap on the amount of growers,” Brandes said. “Ultimately, there really must not be. The grower market should be regardless of the overall economy and whatever industry demands.”
Instead, there would now be four types of licenses: someone to grow marijuana, someone to process marijuana, someone to transport pot, and one for retail centers. Each state may have one retail center per 25,000, or 800 statewide nearly. But local government authorities would be permitted to outright ban them also.
You will discover two competing expenses to enact Amendment 2. Senator Rob Bradley’s charge keeps a lot of the current framework but allows cannabis to take care of serious pain specifically.