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Medical marijuana grower wants in on challenge to pot law

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A medical marijuana nursery is asking a Tallahassee judge to allow it to step in on a case over the state’s new law governing the drug. Canadian-based DFMMJ Investments, which inked a deal to take over operations of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, filed a “motion to intervene” earlier this week with Circuit Judge Karen Gievers. Sarasota’s TropiFlora is asking the courts to delay the issuance of one of 10 “medical marijuana treatment center” (MMTC) licenses. The nursery has said the department “wrongfully refused” to consider…

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DOH issues final order denying Loop’s Nuersery medical marijuana license

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The Florida Department of Health has issued a final order rejecting a Northeast Florida nursery’s request for a licenses to grow and distribute medical marijuana, four months after an administrative law judge said the nursery failed to show it should have been approved. On Thursday, Surgeon General Celeste Philip issued a final order denying Loop’s Nursery & Greenhouses’ application to “become a dispensing organization of low-THC cannabis in the Northeast Region.” The 36-page order upholds a ruling an October ruling…

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Administrative law judge sides with state in medical marijuana licensing case

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An administrative law judge ruled against a North Florida nursery that had lost its bid to get a license to grow and dispense medical marijuana. Administrative law Judge R. Bruce McKibben issued the ruling Friday, saying Loop’s Nursery & Greenhouses “failed to prove by a preponderance of evidence that its application to become a distributing organization in the Northeast Region should have been approved.” “It was Loop’s duty to show how its application was superior to the other applicants. It…

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Nursery files lawsuit to continue cultivation of marijuana

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An Alachua County nursery filed a lawsuit Wednesday to prevent any delays in the cultivation and dispensing of medical marijuana in northeast Florida. Chestnut Hill Tree Farm was one of five businesses granted a license last November by the Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use to grow and dispense low-THC strains of marijuana. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Leon County Circuit Court. Two organizations that did not win the license for the northeast Florida have filed challenges with…

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Florida nurseries post their required performance bonds

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The Florida nurseries selected to cultivate and distribute the first medical marijuana in the state have successfully reached their first benchmark. All five have posted their $5 million performance bonds mandated by the Department of Health. The deadline was Wednesday at the close of business. The Office of Compassionate Care selected the five nurseries on Nov. 23. They then had 10 business days to post the $5 million performance bonds. The five nurseries are Hackney Nursery Company in Quincy (Northwest),…

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