Rejected Medical Pot Applications Likely To Be Challenged « Cbs Miami

And the poor kid just freaked out, Sharkey said. A three-member panel, which includes the new head of the Office of Compassionate Use, has three months to choose five nurseries one from each region of the state to grow, process and distribute marijuana that is low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD. Parents of children with a severe form of epilepsy pushed the Legislature last year to approve the low-THC cannabis, believing it can end or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures. Doctors were supposed to be able to begin ordering the medical marijuana for patients with severe muscle spasms or cancer on Jan. 1, but the 2014 law has been mired in challenges. In November, Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins rejected health officials first attempt at a rule governing the pot industry, agreeing with Miami-based Costa Farms and others that objected to the Department of Healths proposed use of a lottery to pick the licensees. Watkins upheld a second version of the rule in May after it, too, was challenged. Under the current regulations, the panel will pick the five licensees based on a weighted scorecard that evaluates cultivation, processing, dispensing, financials and the operations medical director. Nurseries that have been doing business in Florida for at least 30 continuous years and grow a minimum of 400,000 plants at the time they apply are eligible for a license.

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