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Medical marijuana rule-making workshop a buzzkill

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Department of Health officials Wednesday presented the first draft of rules to govern the growing, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. But instead of a spirited debate, they mostly sat quietly, answering a few questions, but not hearing any substantive reaction from growers’ representatives or anyone else in the audience of about 25. That may have been because the proposed regulations weren’t available until people walked through the door for the hearing. The document itself covered an array…

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Compassionate Use director grilled for three hours on Charlotte’s Web rule

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Patricia Nelson, director of the Florida Office of Compassionate Use, spent most of her Friday morning on the defensive. What kept her busy was justifying the plan to regulate the state’s nascent marijuana industry. For three hours and 10 minutes, attorneys for Baywood Nurseries of Apopka grilled Nelson about licensing requirements to grow marijuana and dispense cannabis oil. They were challenging the proposed rule as unfair, saying it effectively blocks smaller nurseries from qualifying for a license, Baywood sued to…

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