Florida’s CBD program has hit another snag.
On Friday, three of the 24 applicants for Florida’s five CBD business licenses filed legal complaints challenging the state health department’s decisions in the permitting process.
One company even accuses the state of nepotism, since four of the five nurseries selected for licenses have principals “who served on a rule-making committee,” according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Then on Monday, 10 more challenges were filed, according to the Associated Press.
The three complaints from Friday all charge that the licensing process was flawed in various ways, and each of the three argue that they should have been the ones to receive licenses over their competitors.
At least one of the companies challenging the licenses, San Felasco Nurseries, is requesting that the entire process be paused until either the situation is resolved or until it is given the license in the northeast region of Florida (the five licenses were granted geographically, in five separate areas of the state).
It’s not clear yet whether the challenges will further delay the implementation of the CBD program, which has already been stalled several times. The challenges will first be heard by the Division of Administrative Hearings judges, according to the Orlando Sentinel. If they rule in the state’s favor, the plaintiffs can appeal the decision.