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What's Next For 24 Companies Vying To Provide Florida Medical Marijuana

Florida has begun processing medical marijuana ID laws.
Florida has begun processing medical marijuana ID laws.

The Florida Department of Health has 90 days to decide who can grow medical marijuana in Florida. As of late yesterday, 24 nurseries put in 28 applications for five licenses to grow low-THC medical marijuana.

Lawmakers approved a non-euphoric strain of medical marijuana in 2014, but implementation was slowed down by lawsuits. Bruce Knox is president of Knox Nursery, one of the eight nurseries who applied for the Central Florida license.

“We’re happy this part of the process is over," Knox said. "It’s like closing a chapter in a book, I think.”

A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health says the agency is committed to getting medical marijuana to children with epilepsy and cancer patients as soon as possible.

So what happens next? By October, the department has to pick the five nurseries who can grow all of Florida’s crop. Those nurseries then have 10 days to post a $5 million bond, and they must start growing medical marijuana by December 23.

And then they have that crop processed into medicine for the patients by July 20, 2016. Of course, all this assumes no more lawsuits.

Another big challenge is getting the word out, said Bruce Knox, president of Knox Nursery, which is applying for a Central Florida license.

“Because Amendment 2 failed," Knox said. “So most people don’t even know the governor signed a bill into law.”

See below for the list of companies applying, and check here to download a list of the 36 doctors who have signed up to dispense low THC medical marijuana.

Company: McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery; Region: Central

Company: Loop’s Nursery and Greenhouses Inc.; Region: Northeast

Company: Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms; Region: Southeast

Company: Plants of Ruskin; Region: Southwest

Company: Deleons’ Bromeliads Inc.; Region: Central

Company: Bill’s Nursery Inc. d/b/a Almond Tree Nursery; Region: Southeast

Company: Bill’s Nursery Inc. d/b/a Almond Tree Nursery; Region: Northeast

Company: Chestnut Hill Tree Farm LLC; Region: Northeast

Company: Costa Nursery Farms LLC; Region: Southeast

Company: George Hackney Inc. d/b/a Hackney Nursery; Region: Northwest

Company: Nature’s Way Nursery of Miami; Region: Southeast

Company: Alpha Foliage Inc.; Region: Northwest

Company: Alpha Foliage Inc.; Region: Southwest

Company: Redland Nursery Inc.; Region: Central

Company: Redland Nursery Inc.; Region: Southeast

Company: Hart’s Plant Nursery Inc.; Region: Northeast

Company: Hart’s Plant Nursery Inc.; Region: Northwest

Company: Sun Bulb Company Inc.; Region: Southwest

Company: Treadwell Nursery; Region: Central

Company: Spring Oaks Greenhouse Inc.; Region: Central

Company: Knox Nursery Inc.; Region: Central

Company: San Felasco Nurseries, Inc. d/b/a Grandiflora; Region: Northeast

Company: Tropiflora LLC; Region: Southwest

Company: Dewar Nurseries Inc.; Region: Central

Company: Tornello Landscape Corp. d/b/a 3 Boys Farm; Region: Southwest

Company: Perkins Nursery Inc.; Region: Southwest

Company: Tree-King Tree Farm Inc.; Region: Northwest

Company: Razbuton Inc.; Region: Central