Department of Health is searching for new Office of Compassionate Use director, Linda McMullen moves to prosecution

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The Department of Health has confirmed that Linda McMullen is no longer director of the Office of Compassionate Use. As we first reported Saturday, communications director Nathan Dunn said Tuesday that McMullen has been reassigned to the department’s Prosecution Services Unit.

McMullen was appointed the office’s first executive director in July and was charged with developing regulations to implement the Charlotte’s Web law.  A proposed rule filed in August was ruled invalid in November by administrative Judge David Watkins.

The department has announced a Dec. 30 workshop in Orlando as part of the effort to develop regulations licensing five nurseries to grow marijuana, process oil from the plant and dispense it to seizure patients.

“A new director for the Office of Compassionate Use will be named shortly,” said DOH’s Dunn.

Lawmakers passed a law in May allowing physicians to use medicinal marijuana to treat patients starting Jan. 1, 2015. The effort has stalled over licensing eligibility, financial and other issues.

The rule development process takes at least 41 days. It is unclear when Charlotte’s Web oil will be available.