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Florida Licenses Two New Medical Cannabis Operators

Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana has issued two new cannabis licenses with more on the way, WFSU reports. The move comes more than a month after Gov. Rick Scott signed the legislation expanding the state’s medical cannabis regime approved by voters but revised by lawmakers during a special session.

The new licenses were awarded to Three Boys Farm and Plants of Ruskin. Both companies applied to the state during the first round of licensing but were denied. Ultimately they sued state regulators, who chose different companies.

Jim Eaton, the attorney for Three Boys, said the next step is for the company to build dispensaries throughout Florida.

“And probably we’d start in some proximity to where we grow just south of Tampa – maybe down the lower west coast, and some of the principal cities around Florida,” he said in the report.

Lawsuits against the state are not over, as Orlando-based attorney John Morgan, one of the financial backers behind the constitutional amendment campaign, and Count Joe Redner, a strip club entrepreneur and lung cancer patient, have each sued the state. Morgan’s suit was filed over the no-smoking provisions approved by lawmakers; while Redner’s is over the ban on home grows.

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