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.

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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 line at least for now on dispensary limits comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, is asking the Legislature to make other reforms that would open up Florida’s MMJ market to more business opportunities.

Those include:

  • Ending a ban on smokable marijuana products.
  • Loosening licensing rules so more businesses can enter the program.

Currently, a handful of vertically integrated operators dominate Florida’s MMJ dispensary market.

Click here to read the News Service of Florida’s report on the latest legal twist on the issue.