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Good News And Bad For Florida Cannabis System

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Department of Health has given two nurseries the green light to begin growing cannabis.  But an administrative ruling could throw a wrench into the progress.

Two steps forward, one step back has been the routine for medical marijuana so far and last week was no different.  The dispensing organizations Alpha Surterra and Hackney Nurseries are now both authorized cultivators.  Those nurseries represent the southwest and northwest regions respectively.  But while they’re getting out of the gate, an administrative ruling could throw the license for the northeast region into doubt.  San Felasco Nurseries out-performed other applicants but was disqualified because an employee failed a background check.  Friday an administrative judge determined state officials shouldn’t have thrown out San Felasco’s application—potentially adding weight to the nursery’s challenge of the existing license holder. 

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.