US (FL): Governor wants medical companies to pay more for cannabis licenses

As Florida medical cannabis companies continue to rake in cash, Gov. Ron DeSantis this past week said cannabis operators need to pay more for the opportunity to do business in the state.

The state “should charge these people more,” DeSantis told reporters. “I mean, these are very valuable licenses,” the governor said. “I would charge them an arm and a leg. I mean, everybody wants these licenses.”

It was unclear if DeSantis was referring to medical cannabis companies already operating in the state or businesses seeking to gain entry to Florida, which insiders say has the potential to be one of the nation’s most-robust cannabis markets.

While DeSantis wants to extract more money from the businesses, the governor helped steer big bucks their way as one of his first legislative pushes after taking office in January 2019.

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