Florida: Black Farmers Finally Get a Shot at a Medical Cannabis License, but Just One of Them Will Win It
The long and convoluted history behind Florida’s weak effort to include Black farmers.
Of the 22 medical cannabis licensees in the state, none are minority-owned cannabis businesses.
Despite lower courts’ view that the current medical cannabis law is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court disagreed, ending a legal battle that began in 2017.
More lawmakers have filed bills to legalize adult use cannabis in the 2021 legislative session, which begins today, than ever before, but the opposition has hardly eased.
On Tuesday, Commissioner Nikki Fried shared details of the plan as she stood beside a sign that listed its priorities. At the very top: “legalizing marijuana.”
The outcome will reshape the cannabis industry in the country’s third most populous state, currently dominated by some of the most powerful cannabis companies in the US.
Lawmakers, regulators, and the courts are reshaping the industry, and the industry would like to be heard. But will the economy hold?
The legislature adjourned without a single hearing on a bill to legalize adult use cannabis. Its sponsor remains unfazed.
One of the largest and oldest CBD companies hopes to shape the state’s hemp industry, expected to be among the top in the nation.
The campaign, backed by millions from Parallel and MedMen, will try again in 2022—if the legislature doesn’t legalize first.
Make It Legal Florida shattered previous fundraising efforts last month. But the odds the adult use proposal will make it onto November’s ballot remain slim.
Two courts have ruled a law regulating medical cannabis is unconstitutional, and the state Supreme Court will decide. The result could open up the industry.
House lawmakers heard experts warn of public health and safety dangers from legalization, while Democrats complained about a lack of balance in the presentation.
An industry-backed effort posted another strong month of fundraising, while a grassroots campaign continued to fall short. Both campaigns remain far from their signature goals.
Parallel, formerly Surterra, the state’s second largest cannabis company, led the lobbying pack at nearly $95,000.
An unrelated meeting at the USDA led former Lt. Gov Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the Hemp Industry Association of Florida.