5 growers across Florida are gearing up for the first legal marijuana in the states history. The five licenses were awarded yesterday, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, it will still be the middle of next year before patients see the first products.
Lifelong nurseryman George Hackney was awarded one of five licenses to grow marijuana on Monday.
“Our application was over 1900 pages. It’s tedious and everything, but its very rewarding to see it all come to fruition” says Hackney:
Marijuana is a big risk for the family run nursery. “We are concerned about the banking and how we handle that. We are concerned about our other assets and how we keep assets from possibly being seized if it was ever on the Federal level, raided.”
The nursery must post a five million dollar bond by th middle of next week.. it plans two retail outlets…for now.
Q:” Do you even know what you’ll see it for now?
The low THC legislation probably would never have passed if it were not for a Gulf Breeze mother and her epileptic child.”
Holly Mosley and daughter Rayann led the effort to make low thc oil available.
“We got to see firsthand the success that plant is having for these children” Holly told us last year when the legislation passed.
In the process they attracted support from hundreds of parents like
Theresa Merriam, who says it has taken too long to get her daughter help.
“This is what we have been fighting for for over two years. And this is what we will continue to fight for until it is in our hands” says the Orlando mother of a ten year old.
George Hackney sees marijuana growing as an extension of what he is already doing.
“Our plants, I like to say beautify the world. They help the environment. I feel here, now, we’re helping people” says Hackney.
The first low thc medicine should be available for patients around June first.
Challenges to the license awards could delay even further the delivery of low thc marijuana. George Hackney plans to grow his marijuana inside under 24 hour security.
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