Dispensary Trucks May be Driving into Florida’s Market
July 31st, 2014
Policy, Top News
Florida’s health regulators may revise the state’s medical marijuana regulations to allow dispensaries to truck their products to patients, according to a Wesh.com report. The rule would be a step closer to Health Canada’s newly implemented Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”) program, which only allows medical marijuana to be shipped via the post rather than sold in dispensaries.
The move to truck medical marijuana to patients comes amid concerns that just five medical marijuana dispensaries in each of the state’s five major regions would be insufficient to meet patients’ needs. Presumably, shipping medical marijuana directly to patients – a 30-day supply according to the report – would eliminate these concerns and perhaps bridge the best of both worlds.
Currently, the rules restrict medical marijuana nurseries to applying in only a single region, which means that at least five nurseries would be able to participate in the industry. A mandatory $5 million performance bond would also ensure that a dispensaries medical marijuana would be destroyed if it loses its license or chooses not to renew its license, although that stipulation has also drawn criticism.
Lawmakers must produce an official rule by January 1, 2015 as well as a system that will get medical marijuana into the hands of parents of suffering children. The existing law states that dispensaries must have already done business in the state for 30 years and would be required to grow 400,000 plants or more. Some 55 nurseries meet that criteria and five are slated to be chosen by lottery.
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