Florida Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Florida to challenge court ruling that would up medical cannabis dispensary caps

Florida regulators intend to challenge a state court ruling that would eliminate the limit on the number of dispensaries a medical marijuana business can operate. Lifting the cap would benefit the state’s existing MMJ operators. Trulieve filed the suit seeking to boost the number of allowable dispensaries. The state health department’s move to hold the […]

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Florida judge: State’s medical cannabis dispensary cap unconstitutional

A judge has struck down Florida’s medical marijuana dispensary cap, a victory for existing operators seeking to expand locations in the fast-growing market. Second Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled Friday that the cap is unconstitutional. Gievers wrote that the dispensary cap, instituted by the Florida Legislature in 2017, “erects barriers” that increase costs and […]

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Court grants FL lawmakers time to remove medical marijuana smoking ban

A court case challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s ban on smokable medical cannabis has been put on hold until March 15 to allow state lawmakers time to eliminate the prohibition. An appellate court granted the stay after a request from both sides in the case, according to The News Service of Florida. Earlier this month, […]

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FL gov signals intent to open medical cannabis market to more firms, products

Florida’s new governor announced steps that would open up the state’s lucrative medical marijuana industry to additional businesses and new products. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, asked the Legislature to: End a ban on smokable medical marijuana products, a move that could boost dispensary sales. Loosen Florida’s restrictive licensing rules to allow more MMJ companies […]

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Florida’s top medical cannabis operators tighten grip on growing market

A handful of vertically integrated companies increased their stronghold on Florida’s fast-growing medical marijuana market in 2018, tripling the number of dispensaries they operate, as new business licensing stalled in the courts. Overall, eight companies operate a total of 83 dispensaries in the state, according to a Dec. 21 state report, and five businesses operate […]

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Health department attorneys in Florida oppose medical marijuana ruling

Florida Department of Health lawyers asked an appeals court to overturn a circuit judge’s ruling they say “injected confusion and uncertainty” into licensing of medical marijuana businesses in the state. That judgment could lead to more MMJ licenses for the Sunshine State’s plant-touching companies. The case centers on a 2017 law, passed during a special […]

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Florida appeals court delays ruling on major medical cannabis case

A legal case that could further open up Florida’s medical marijuana market to new entrepreneurs and hopeful plant-touching MMJ companies has been put on hold for now by a state appeals court. The decision by Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal means a lower court’s ruling that the state issue more MMJ business licenses won’t automatically move […]

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How Florida’s $250M medical cannabis market could open up to new businesses in 2019

Florida’s $250 million medical marijuana market is poised to swing its doors open to new companies next year after two judicial rulings in recent months that could reshape the competitive landscape. More competitors would be a change for the Sunshine State’s large MMJ market, which currently is dominated by about a half-dozen vertically integrated operators. […]

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