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Florida looks to double size of medical cannabis industry within next 6 months

Florida could move forward with 22 additional licenses for medical-cannabis operators — nearly doubling the size of the state’s legal cannabis industry — within the next six months, a top official told lawmakers Wednesday.

State Office of Medical Marijuana Use Director Christopher Kimball offered the tentative timeline after giving a presentation about the medical-cannabis program to the House Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee.

Kimball’s office accepted 74 applications for 22 additional licenses during an application period that ended in April, but one of the applicants has since withdrawn, he said.

The new licenses are required under a 2017 law that called for boosting the number of licenses as the number of eligible patients, which currently exceeds 850,000, increases. Rep. Allison Tant, a Tallahassee Democrat who serves on the House panel, pressed Kimball on the issuance of the new licenses.

Read more at orlandoweekly.com

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