Florida: Legal low-potency marijuana industry will be an experiment

Florida officially opens up to the legal marijuana cultivation industry this week, but it will be for the low-potency drug and it won’t be cheap for anyone wanting to get into the business.

Following an administrative law judge’s ruling June 1 that dismissed a challenge to Florida’s “Charlotte’s Web” law, the path has been cleared to allow limited low-THC marijuana growing operations in Florida. The original state law was drafted by state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, and signed by Gov. Rick Scott about a year ago.

For Bradley, the elimination of the legal challenges is a relief. He says he simply wanted the low-potency pot to help people, mainly children, suffering from epilepsy and cancer and the side effects of treatment.

“I’m very pleased with the decision. Finally, these families who have children who are suffering … will get the relief that they have sought for a long time,”...

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