13 challenges filed over medical marijuana licenses

When Florida’s Office of Compassionate Care named five nurseries to grow and distribute medical marijuana in the state, many expected there would be a few challenges filed — but not the more than a dozen that had landed by Monday’s deadline.

Department of Health officials said in an email that 13 administrative challenges across all five regions have been received. Lobbyists and officials who have been following the process had estimated there would be eight at the most.

“I think the Department of Health has done a great job with the process, but I think now everyone will take a step back and assess what the next step is,” said Taylor Patrick Biehl, who represents the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida. “By no means is anyone doing any finger-pointing. This was something that was expected and that both sides have prepared for.”

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