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Oral Arguments Set For April In Florigrown Case

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Nick Evans

The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the Florigrown v. The Department of Health case for April 22 at 10 a.m. 

The case is centered around Florida’s medical marijuana system and whether state law aligns with the intent of a constitutional amendment passed in 2016.

The amendment legalized medical cannabis in Florida and allowed companies to get licenses if they wanted to grow, process, or sell the drug.

In July an appellate court decided the state’s system conflicts with what voters approved. Specifically, judges found that the vertical integration system went against the amendment by requiring a company grow, process and sell cannabis.  The constitutional amendment let companies choose which they would like to do.

The case began because Florigrown was not awarded a license.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.