In a 6-1 decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the current regulations for distributing medical cannabis are constitutional — a move that will benefit Florida’s established medical cannabis companies while hurting small businesses trying to enter the market.
For medical cannabis activists like Ben Pollara, who ran the 2016 campaign that successfully legalized medical cannabis in Florida, the decision promised to have a large impact on the $1 billion industry.
“It was this hotly anticipated decision that at the end of the day landed with a big thud,” said Pollara, who is also a Miami-based political consultant.
The anticipation for the Supreme Court’s decision began in 2018 when Florigrown, a Tampa-based medical cannabis company, filed a lawsuit arguing that the current cannabis regulations for operation and distribution directly violated Amendment 2 — the constitutional amendment that legalized medical cannabis.
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