Regulators Say They Sought Compromise With New Marijuana Rule | Tampa Bay Times

I think it’s pretty doggone good what we’re doing.” Seth Hyman of Weston, whose 8-year-old daughter can have dozens of seizures a day, urged regulators to move hastily. “For families like us, we want this to happen as quickly as possible but, at the same time, we believe Florida needs to get it right,” he said. More than 200 people signed up to speak at Friday’s workshop as lobbyists representing manufacturers, testing labs, nurserymen, and investors are hoping to get a foothold into the business now in the event that voters approve Amendment 2 on the ballot in November, which would legalize broader use of marijuana for medical purposes. Regulators revised the rule after the first workshop and agreed to allow each of the five organizations licensed to cultivate and develop the medical marijuana product to distribute it by truck or van across the state. In return, they have heightened the standards for who will be eligible to apply for the license. Jennifer Tschetter, general counsel for the Department of Health, which is drafting the rule, said the decision was a compromise to address concerns that limiting each dispensing organization to one site, it was creating a virtual monopoly in each region. “Our goal is to get the product to patients as soon as possible,” she said. But several speakers said that requiring nurseries to truck their product throughout the state would be expensive, dangerous for patients and drivers, and inefficient. “You have a valuable drug product and a lot of cash.
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