FL Lawmakers May Allow MMJ For Terminal Patients

Women, minority execs show few gains in U.S. cannabis industry, according to the latest data from the MJBiz Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Report. Get your copy here.


Florida lawmakers have revived a bill to expand the state’s CBD industry by allowing terminally ill patients to use full-strength medical cannabis, which would provide a boost for licensed businesses.

The state’s current law, passed in 2014, permits only allows high-CBD, low-THC marijuana oils, artificially limiting the market. The proposed new law, revived this week, would allow Florida’s five licensed producers to sell higher-THC medicine to patients with less than a year to live.

The bill – introduced last November at the behest of African-American nursery owners who say they were unfairly excluded from the licensing process – sought to expand the number of licensed cultivators to 20. But a new amendment reduces the number back to five.

A state House subcommittee passed the bill Monday, moving it one step closer to a floor vote.

A Senate version of the bill is ready for a vote in that chamber.

Meanwhile, the state’s CBD program is struggling to get up and running, and a ballot measure to bring a much larger MMJ program to the state will go before voters this coming November.