Charlotte’s Web rule-making merry-go-round continues

The Florida Department of Health will hold a public hearing March 2 in Tallahassee for a proposed rule on a medicinal marijuana law.The rule was produced by a two-day negotiated rule-making workshop DOH held earlier this month with growers, cannabis business representatives and patient advocates.

Medicinal marijuana is available in nearly half of the country but Florida’s Compassionate Cannabis Medical Act of 2014 has been held up by a court challenge with growers and regulators unable to agree on rules to provide epilepsy and cancer patients with cannabis oil to treat their illness.

DOH confirmed Thursday a request for a hearing to discuss the proposed rule published Feb. 6. A spokesman said more details would be forthcoming.

“There most certainly are stakeholders who are confused and desire clarification,” said Taylor Patrick Biehl of the Medical Marijuana Business Association. “This is a very comprehensive application process.”

The process was developed during 25 hours of negotiations...

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