Local Nursery Challenges Another’s Selection As Medical Marijuana Dispensary | Gainesville.com

Legal challenges and difficulties with rule-writing have delayed the system, which was expected to be in operation by Jan. 1, 2015. San Felasco hopes to get its challenge heard by a state administrative law judge with the Department of Administrative Hearings. In the challenge, San Felasco says that it was the highest-rated nursery vying to be a dispensing organization for the 18-county northeast Florida region, but state health officials improperly disqualified the business after making the erroneous determination that one of the non-manager employees listed in its application packet the challenge redacted the name failed a background screening based on a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor crime involving a controlled substance. The legal challenge said the employee’s criminal record was later expunged. The challenge also said that Chestnut Hill did not meet the requirement for having been in business 30 consecutive years. While Chestnut Hill has been in business since 1981, the legal challenge notes that the corporate entity the nursery currently operates as was registered with the state in 2005. In a press release sent out by the Tallahassee public relations firm CoreMessage, San Felascos challenge also raised issues with the fact that Chestnut Hill owner Robert Wallace was a member of the committee that came up with the rules for selecting dispensing organizations. Four of the five members of that committee had their nurseries selected as low-THC dispensing organizations.

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