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State to take another look at medical marijuana rules this week


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Florida has begun processing medical marijuana ID laws.

Florida is getting closer to allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana.

But first, rules for how to grow the non-euphoric strain of the drug have to be hashed out — and that’s what a committee will be discussing over the next two days in Tallahassee.

The Florida Department of Health will have to pick the best five growers for medical marijuana in Florida.

But they won’t be using a lottery to pick. A judge threw out the state’s original plan after Winter Park’s Medical Cannabis Association filed suit.

Louis Rotundo, the group’s chief lobbyist, said growers are getting more comfortable with the state’s proposed rules.

“One of the reasons that many members of our organization, and others around the state, were concerned to begin with was that the rule couldn’t withstand a legal challenge,” Rotundo said. “Now I believe it can. That takes away a lot of the uncertainty.”
The 12-person committee includes growers, doctors and cannabis experts.  The Florida Legislature will have to take another look at medical marijuana in the 2015 session as well.


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Abe Aboraya started writing for newspapers in High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe ... Read Full Bio »

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