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Judge: DOH should not have disqualified Gainesville medical pot applicant

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An administrative court judge said the Department of Heath should not have disqualified an application from a Gainesville nursery vying to be one the state’s medical marijuana dispensing organizations. In a ruling Friday, Judge R. Bruce McKibben said the Department of Health incorrectly disqualified Daniel Banks, the director of research and development for San Felasco Nurseries, for failing a level 2 background check. The application was tossed out because Banks pleaded no contest to possession of phenobarbital in Kansas in…

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State to split 14 medical marijuana license challenges among three administrative judges

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Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings has split up the fourteen challenges to the state’s newly-awarded medical marijuana licenses, re-assigning the three Central Region challenges to Judge Elizabeth W. McArthur and the four Northeast region cases to Judge R. Bruce McKibben. Initially, the challenges all had been assigned to Judge W. David Watkins, who had presided over several medical marijuana law cases in 2014 and ’15 while the Florida Department of Health struggled to set up the state’s limited medical marijuana program. Watkins will remain busy,…

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