First home delivery of medical marijuana made in Florida
- Author: Joey Payne Jul 28, 2016,
Jul 28, 2016, 1:21
This represents yet another step forward in nullifying federal prohibition in effect. As per Florida CBD-Specific Marijuana Law, the regulations require the medical cannabis to be 'low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but high in cannabidiol (CBD). They plan to start high-THC cannabis delivery in early August. The Florida Legislature this spring passed a law allowing patients within a year of death to try the drug if two doctors believe it will help them. The state chose Knox over Treadwell Nursery of Eustis and in November denied Treadwell's application to dispense low-THC marijuana.
A north Florida nursery has won the state's first approval to process and dispense medical marijuana to the limited number of patients who qualify under existing rules.
This year, the law was expanded to allow terminally ill patients to use full-potency marijuana, although they can not legally smoke it, said Kim Rivers, chief executive of Truileve, the dispensary that plans to open on Tuesday after passing a final inspection this week.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, other companies will release their first products in the near-future.
A 2014 measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott originally set January 1, 2015 for when patients would be able to access the medical marijuana. The measure must pass by a 60 percent margin. Residents who once resisted marijuana operations in their area have come around, thanks to some education about the nature of marijuana businesses, the adoption by California legislators of a statewide regulatory system, and the promise of up to 100 new jobs for the area.
According to Trulieve, patients who want to be treated with the products, can contact their physician who can issue an order for these products in accordance with Florida law.
Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate marijuana within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court.
"Florida stands to be one of the biggest medical marijuana markets", said Leslie Bocskor, president of Las Vegas-based cannabis-focused investment firm Electrum Partners. With almost half the country legalizing marijuana, the feds find themselves in a position where they simply can't enforce prohibition any more.
Patients won't have to travel to the state capitol to receive the drug.