Sarah Climaco

Florida Officials Lay Groundwork for Medical Cannabis Edibles

Florida agriculture regulators have finalized rules for the manufacturing and sales of medical cannabis-infused edible products; the rules must also be considered by health regulators, however, before becoming law.

Full story after the jump.

The Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services have finalized rules allowing licensed medical cannabis companies to make and sell infused edibles, according to a report from public radio station WMFE.

Holly Bell, director of the agriculture department’s cannabis program, said that a major concern for regulators is to keep the products safe from allergy contagions and other impurities that could cause adverse effects.

“That’s our concern because a lot of times the people taking the medical marijuana have compromised immune systems, so we want to especially be diligent and make sure they’re safe.” – Bell, to WMFE

The state Department of Health is next to issue their rules on cannabis-infused edibles. Those rules are expected in the coming weeks and the health department will hold a public input tour on those proposals before they are adopted, Bell indicated.

Laying the groundwork to allow edibles in the state’s medical cannabis program follows legislative changes last month to allow enrolled patients access to smokeable flower products. Dispensaries in Florida are expected to begin selling flower this summer; it’s unclear when edible products might reach store shelves.

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