The lawmakers in Florida approved the use of marijuana edibles more than two years ago, and this week, the health officials set in motion their plans of making the treats available in retail outlets. The most commonly used marijuana-infused treats by patients and recreational users include cookies, gummies, and lollipops in states that have already legalized the marijuana.
The Department of Health in Florida announced that they developed regulations for products that will be allowed and those that will not be approved; however, they have not released the details.
It will be a while before Floridians can access some edibles such as Space Brownies and Reef Jerky, which are popular among users in other states.
This week the Florida House included edibles in their “parade of horribles” as they continued to voice their opinions about the dangers of adult-use marijuana.
On Wednesday, the presentation made by the House Health Quality Subcommittee was an effort by the chamber to build opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment, which aims at legalizing adult-use marijuana.
“Make It Legal Florida” is the initiative seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, and the bill’s supporters are hoping to include it on the 2020 ballot, but the measure’s timing is not ideal since the marijuana sector in Florida is facing financial upheavals.
Investors are flocking the marijuana industry in Florida with hopes of capitalizing on the emerging lucrative cannabis sector.
Floridians legalized medical marijuana through the ballot in 2016, which led to increased competition. However, intrinsic and extrinsic factors in Florida have led to less bidding for medical marijuana licenses despite the possibility of recreational marijuana legalization.
Trulieve Inc., based in Quincy, was sued for sending customers text messages alerting them about exclusive deals. This violated federal communication laws that prohibit sending of unwanted messages advertising sales of cannabis.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs demanded damages that exceed the $5 million threshold for federal jurisdiction in a class-action trial.
According to Senate President Bill Galvano, the lawmakers are not to address vertical integration systems during the next parliamentary session. Vertical integration critics argue that the system would block out firms that could serve several aspects of the marijuana sector.
Speaking to The News Service of Florida on Thursday, Galvano said that the judiciary is handling the issue. However, lawmakers can still control the issue of psychoactive effects on patients in Florida by limiting the THC concentration in medical cannabis products.
Experts expect the entire marijuana industry, including companies like Hemptown USA and Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTCQB: NUGS), to follow the adult-use marijuana legalization debates in the Sunshine State closely since they could have a bearing on events elsewhere in the nation.
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