US: Florida begins issuing medical cannabis licenses to Black-owned businesses

"To say this has been a long time coming is more than an understatement." Six years after Florida voters approved a medical cannabis ballot measure and six months after the Department of Health accepted applications, the first Black-owned business received its license to grow and sell cannabis for medicinal use.

The DOH's Office of Medical Marijuana Use announced it awarded the license to Terry Gwinn, one of 12 people who submitted applications in March.

Gwinn is part of a group of Black farmers who sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture over racial discrimination in allotting farm loans in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Pigford class, named after the Pigford v. Glickman moniker of the case, was due to receive one medical cannabis license after the Legislature passed a measure in 2017 implementing the ballot measure approved by voters.

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