Florida CBD Dispensaries Could Open in Early 2016

After months of legal wrangling, it finally looks like Florida is setting a clear timetable for the rollout of its CBD program.

The state Health Department is scheduled to accept applications from June 17 to July 8 for five business licenses to produce and sell CBD-based products.

Officials will notify winners by Aug. 8.

Companies that receive permits will then have to build out their facilities and grow, process and produce non-smokeable, high-CBD products, which means they likely won’t be able to open dispensaries until early 2016.

One hopeful entrepreneur estimated that it would take him until March or April of next year before he’d have CBD ready to deliver to patients, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The paper also reported that there may be difficulties for would-be patients in becoming certified under state law, since only about 30 doctors have thus far taken the online course required to recommend CBD medicine.

The Florida Legislature last year passed the law last year in what was widely regarded as a political attempt to head off MMJ at the ballot box (a broader medical cannabis legalization bill failed last November). But Orlando attorney John Morgan and his group United for Care have pledged to run another initiative next year, and are already well on their way.

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2 comments on “Florida CBD Dispensaries Could Open in Early 2016
  1. dale on

    Why we can’t have a natural grow like other vegetables and fruits is unjust and down right wrong. some people want to shop at the store for veggies and herbs and tobacco and some may want to grow it themselves other countries are doing it and we should be able to have our own private garden like other countries citizens do!

  2. Waylan Davis on

    We need to get rid of the Republicans in Florida. They are self centered and are only interested in padding their own pockets. Some of us with severe back injuries need relief instead of our doctors telling us to drink more alcohol at bedtime so we can sleep.

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