Lobby firm Rutledge & Ecenia inks second marijuana client

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Participants are lining up for a new battle over marijuana.  State regulators are working on a set of rules for a medicinal marijuana industry authorized by the Charlotte’s Web bill signed into law last month by Gov. Rick Scott.

Investors are lining up lobbyists to win a piece of what industry experts expect to be a Florida market worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Florida Medical Growers, LLC, an Apopka entity that filed with the state Division of Corporations in Februrary, has hired two lobbying firms to represent its interests in Tallahassee, Jon Costello and Steve Schale.

Forty-six nurseries meet the requirements of SB 1030 to qualify for a state license to cultivate, process and dispense a cannabis extract. The Department of Health will issue five licenses. How those licenses will be awarded is among the details regulators are working out.

Florida Medical Growers’ registration lists Dionna Adams as the corporation’s only principal.

It’s the second cannabis client for both Costello and Schale. The two also have separate contracts with Sanctuary Cannabis.

Doctors will be able to order a cannabis extract to treat patients starting Jan. 1. A nursery has to be already growing at least 400,000 plants and have the financial means to start up a new crop under regulations requiring cultivation, processing and dispensing to qualify for a license.