Since lawmakers in Tallahassee, Florida, failed to agree on the rules for regulating the state’s medical marijuana industry, Florida's Department of Health has announced its intent to start the process without them.
The state's health department is now going to establish MMJ regulations without involving lawmakers. Therefore, Florida's medical marijuana industry could either get bigger or stay the same size with no input from stakeholders.
Only seven licensed MMJ companies currently operate in the entire Sunshine State. However, a judge has recently recommended increasing the number of licensees to nine.
Numerous big weed companies and in-state firms believe that the DOH will issue more cannabis business permits, but the chances of that seem quite slim.
Still, there is a possibility that the Florida legislature will initiate a special session to discuss the way the medical cannabis industry will operate.