The smell of Florida medical cannabis farms isn’t sitting well with neighbors

Complaints about medical cannabis farms are popping up all over the state. The smell and size are among the chief concerns for people who live in homes nearby.

Four months ago, Channel 9 first reported about Mount Dora homeowners who said they felt trapped by the powerful smell. Since then, they’ve heard from other communities also demanding the state do something to control the odor.

It’s becoming more of an issue because some of the farmers who bought original medical cannabis licenses are now selling to much larger companies already in the medical cannabis business. That has meant larger-scale operations that these neighbors didn’t realize they would have to deal with.

Area leaders sent a memo to the legislature in May, urging them to act because their hands are tied. The medical cannabis industry is regulated by the state, and a lot of the details surrounding it can be exempt from public records.

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