The proposed rules for growing and dispensing low grade marijuana are taking shape at the state Capitol. Regulators held a second hearing today, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, qualifying patients may soon be able to have the drug delivered.
It wasn’t the smell of pot, but of money that hung in the air of the standing room only rule making hearing. Doug Mannheimer, representing Costas Farms, warned that financial problems for nurseries could be on the horizon. “Many legal marijuana businesses around the country , in different states, find themselves, now, in a banking quagmire” says the veteran lobbyist.
The most compelling testimony came from two mothers spearheading the Charlotte’s Web effort. Paige Figi told regulators the emphasis should be on quality. “Quality is very important. To have access to the proper quality.”
And Holly Mosley, who’s daughter Ray Ann was the poster child for the low THC drug in Florida says her only goal is to get the drug available for her child and others as quickly as possible. “I had an email just this morning from a mom, begging me, please help, I’m desperate. My daughter is in the ICU. How can I help get this here faster” says Mosley.
But the earliest the drug will be available is spring, providing no one files a legal challenge.
Growers like this one will still be chosen by a lottery, but only the most experienced will make it into the pool.”
Grower who doesn’t make the lottery, or lose it could delay the availability. Sponsor Matt Gaetz says that would be unfortunate. “I hope that no one is so sinister that they would litigate their own business interests above the needs of dying children, but that remains to be seen” says Gaetz.
The final rule will allow just five growers and distributors, but the latest draft says that patients can request 30 day supplies be delivered from any of the five dispensaries.
The rule being developed also calls for inspections by the state and law enforcement. If the inspections find any irregularities such as the presence of heavy metals or mold, the entire batch would have to be destroyed.
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