Florida Approves Five Nurseries to Grow Medical Cannabis

Florida has approved five nurseries to begin growing low-THC strains of marijuana for medical use. In 2014, voters approved a law to allow for the production, sale, and use of low-THC, high-CBD (“non-euphoric”) strains of marijuana for the medical market. The law was written for patients dealing with intractable epilepsy and advanced cancers.

The five nurseries are divided by regions, and are as follows: Costa Nursery Farms in Miami,  Alpha Foliage in Homestead, Knox Nursery in Winter Garden, Hackney Nursery Company in Tallahassee, and Chestnut Hill Tree Farm in Alachua.

Nursery applicants were required to have been in business in Florida for 30 years and to have at least 400,000 plants. The winning applicants were selected from a pool of 28.

The rules committee included five growers, four of which were among the winning applicants (Costa Farms, Hackney Nursery, Chestnut Hill Farms and Knox Nursery). Other applicants were quick to criticize the process.

The growers have ten business days to deliver a $5 million bond in order to obtain the license.

Source:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article46050920.html

Photo Credit: Diana Robinson

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