Florida medical marijuana rules upheld by Supreme Court

The Tampa Bay Times reports…

The Court ruled that a 2017 law regulating the medical marijuana industry didn’t conflict with a ballot referendum approved by voters the previous year that legalized medical pot.

In a setback to companies hoping to enter one of state’s fastest growing industries, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state medical marijuana regulations are likely legal.

In a decision released in the case of Florida Department of Health v. Florigrown, LLC, justices found that Florigrown’s challenges to state regulations did not have a “substantial likelihood of success.” It reversed a decision by the First District Court Of Appeal to put those rules on hold.

Florigrown, which was denied a license to become a medical marijuana treatment center in 2017, argued that Florida’s regulations do not comply with a 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for medical use. More than 71 percent of voters approved that amendment.

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