US (FL): DeSantis signs law issuing cannabis licenses to Black farmers

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation to extend telehealth renewals on medical marijuana and ensure more Black farmers participate in the industry.

The bill (HB 387) had bipartisan support in the Florida Legislature, though the tying of two issues together at times put the legislation on uneasy footing. The bill’s original version focused on extending the ability to renew medical prescriptions for cannabis remotely.

But in the final days of the Session, lawmakers also addressed a long-pressing legal commitment to authorize medical marijuana licenses for a dozen Black farmers.

The law goes into effect on July 1.

The signing gives reason for many supporters to sigh in relief. Speculation arose in recent weeks that DeSantis might veto the bill over the promise of licenses for farmers within a specific minority demographic. The Governor this year has focused on ending Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requirements within the state government.


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