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GREENACRE IN THE NEWS – Quoted by MJBIZDAILY

GreenAcre in the News – Quoted by MJBIZDAILY

 Rolando Vazquez, GreenAcre’s President, was quoted by Marijuana Business Daily (“MJBIZDAILY”). MJBIZDAILY is the leading news resource in the Cannabis Industry. The magazine’s content is written by professional journalists, who specialize in the  Cannabis Industry.  In a phone interview Mr. Vazquez provided detailed information of the current status of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Industry. Specifically his opinion regarding the numerous lawsuits filed against Florida’s Department of Health and the recent award of a license to the applicant Nature’s Way Nursery.
GreenAcre remains to be the leading consulting firm in Florida and a point of reference of knowledge for the Cannabis Industry.
“More people are just saying, ‘I’m going to sue … and try to get a license.’” Vazquez said.  “They’re inviting more litigation because of precedent.”


GreenAcre at the Cons 

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From May 29 until April 1st, GreenAcre participated as one of the sponsors for “The Cons” at the SLS in Miami Beach. During the event GreenAcre’s Presdient and Florida Attorney, Mr. Rolando Vazquez spoke about legal issues related to the Cannabis industry. Mr. Vazquez met other great advocates for the two other industries involved in this event which were the tattoo and Cam industry. Mr. Vazquez was able to meet and talk with famous cam stars such as Dani Daniels which served to understand a little bit more about how hard it is to work and be successful in that industry, a detail which is sure to allow Mr. Vazquez to further his goal of advocating and promoting Cannabis to the world, especially in Florida.

Mr. Vazquez had meetings with other cannabis supporters such as Pete Findley and Baxter Baldwin who are respectively the Chief Executive Officer and President of Exhale Nevada which is a Marijuana Dispensary in Nevada. They were interested in meeting Mr. Vazquez as he is well known by the cannabis industry, also Mr. Vazquez is well versed in the Florida Law, which is an area that many cannabis based companies want to start moving into as it has a whole lot of potential. Over all the “The Cons” was overall a success as it brought together three industries that are taboo in society and are also three industries that can learn from one another and together break that stigma.

 

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OKLAHOMA’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM

OKLAHOMA’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM

The state of Oklahoma is planning to restrict their Medical Marijuana Program. The people of Oklahoma are expected to vote to approve a Medical Marijuana Program by June 2018.

Once again a state designates its Department of Health to make the decisions concerning medical marijuana. For example, in Florida the Department of Health is in charge of deciding and regulating the medical marijuana program. Oklahoma’s Senate proposed Bill 1120. This Bill enables the Department of Health to set the price of each dose a patient can buy.

On Monday February 26, 2018, the Bill 1120 passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The Bill passed with 6 votes in favor and 5 in opposition.

The proposed Bill has generated an abundant amount controversy, particularly the language of the bill that expresses the penalties for doctors that recommend Medical Marijuana. If this bill passes only certain patients with the enumerated ailments will be able to access their medicine. The allowed ailments are neuropathic pain, persistent muscle spasms, nausea or vomiting due to chemotherapy or loss of weight and appetite due to cancer, HIV or AIDS. The spirit of the state’s amendment was to have the doctor decide which patient needs Medical Marijuana as medicine.

Similar to Florida’s MMJ program, the proposed program in Oklahoma intends to significantly limit the number of licenses by limiting the number or growers and dispensaries.

We will have to wait and see what happens in June. Based on our experience in the Florida market we can foresee the Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program will be extremely restricted. Having a restricted market directly affects the patients, who need immediate access to relief. The problem we keep encounter is the stigma around “marijuana.” It is not disputed that cannabis in all of its forms, marijuana and hemp, has a numerous medical benefits. By limiting the access to this medicine, the opioid crisis will not diminish. Statistically, states with comprehensive regulatory programs decrease their opioid abuse. As such, it’s obvious the world is looking for access to safer medicine!

Rolando Vazquez, Esq. 

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http://newsok.com/oklahoma-lawmakers-taking-shot-at-medical-marijuana-regulations-before-vote/article/5584882

http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/bill-to-regulate-medical-marijuana-narrowly-advances-from-senate-committee/article_0124e5f3-dcdd-55d0-90f4-4ee370874c4d.html

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oklahoma/articles/2018-02-27/oklahoma-lawmakers-consider-medical-marijuana-regulations

 

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Application Process for Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) in Florida

 

Application Process for Medical

Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) in Florida

In Florida, the application for a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) was released on September 19th, 2017. Licensed medical marijuana treatment centers are authorized to cultivate, process, transport and dispense medical marijuana. MMTC’s are the only businesses in Florida authorized to dispense and deliver medical marijuana to qualified patients and legal representatives. Some areas in the application are exactly the same as the Low THC application. Nonetheless, the application has its differences. One important difference is the page count limit imposed on the new applicants. This requirement limits the applicant’s ability to illustrate their uniqueness, creativeness and capabilities, amongst other trades and characteristics. 

Applicants must submit a non-refundable check of $60,830.00, which is an increase from the previous application fee of $60,063.00. Further, the program changed its name to The Office of Medical Marijuana Use, previously known as the Office of Compassionate Use. Tiebreaker language was also included in the application. Certified financials, business structure, diversity plan and accountability-operations, seem to be of paramount concern to the DOH, since these areas will determine the tie breaker in the event two candidates score the same.

Floridian entrepreneurs now have a cannabis investment opportunity, where before they had to be willing to invest in another state. But what should a potential investor look for in an investment opportunity? “When kicking the tires,” an investor should assess the board of directors, shareholders, and employees.

On a final note, some investors do not know the important differences between the low THC application and the current application process under Senate Bill 8A. Some of the applicants are confused as to the applicable rules. We strongly recommend that investors hire expert cannabis consultants for the application process. GreenAcre Consulting Team is the leading consulting firm in Florida for the Cannabis Industry.

Thank you,

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Last Call! For Florida MMJ License Applicants

Last Call! For Florida MMJ License Applicants

The application process to obtain a Medical Marijuana (“MMJ”) license in the state of Florida has finally begun. Governor Rick Scott signed SB-8A in late June and since that time prospective applicants started gathering their resources to ultimately submit a competitive application. GreenAcre Consulting Team currently has two slots available to help assist potential applicants.

The state revenue impact study projects that the Florida cannabis industry will reach $542 million in sales by 2022. The assessment also projects that 472,000 patients will register by such time. The projections are only assessed under a medical marijuana program and not an adult use program. Under an adult use program, cannabis research firms project Florida will be 1.5 – 2 billion-dollar market by 2020 or 2022, depending on when the market changes to adult use.

Currently, Seven Medical Marijuana licensees are operating in the state of Florida. Under the new MMJ program ten (10) new licenses will become available by the latest, October 3rd. A licensee under the new program will undertake an operational responsibility that entails cultivating, processing, transporting and dispensing medical marijuana. Additionally, the licensees will have the ability to open 25 dispensing facilities anywhere in the state of Florida, and for every 100,000 patients that register in the states registry, the licensee will be allowed to open 5 more dispensing locations. Contemporaneously, when the state registry reaches 100,000 patients, four (4) new licenses will be awarded. Lab testing facilities will be an independent third party.

Initial investments to submit a competitive application is project to cost $200,000, but could cost more depending on certain variables. The latter involves a comprehensive business plan, application assistance, the vetting, amongst other variables. During the build out phase a capital of 5-7 million-dollars is needed. This amount entails the cultivating, processing, transportation vehicles and one dispensing facility. A complete build out of all facilities, including the complete 25 dispensaries would require roughly 30 million-dollars.

If your group or company wants to apply for a MMJ license in the state of Florida contact GreenAcre Consulting Team.

 

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GreenAcre Once Again Ahead of the Game – A Special Session on MMJ Happened Against All Odds

GreenAcre Once Again Ahead of the Game –
A Special Session on MMJ Happened Against All Odds

In May of 2017, the Florida Legislature failed to reach an agreement on how to implement the State’s new Medical Marijuana Program, but this past Tuesday night an agreement between the House and Senate would continue this discussion during this week’s special session.

During the regular session, differences in opinion over a few fundamental elements found within the medical marijuana bill precluded the agreement from materializing. According to several sources, including the Miami Herald, those differences seem to have been resolved.

As GreenAcre predicted in early May, the latest bill agreed on 10 new vertically integrated licenses. Out of the 10 new licenses, 5 would be reserved for the second place applicants of the States “Charlotte’s Web” application process, where applicants applied in one of five regions. One license would be available for a group of farmers, which the State of Florida deems a minority group. Additionally, the Department of Health is required to extend preference on up to two licenses to facilities that are, or were in the industry of processing, concentrating, or canning, citrus fruit or citrus molasses.

The bill further expresses that four licenses will be issued for every 100,000 patients who are registered on the States medical marijuana registry. Licensees will be capped at 25 dispensaries per license, and five additional dispensaries for every 100,000 registered patients. Said dispensary cap would sunset in 2020 in the event legislators fail to legislate otherwise.

The bill has no single line of reasoning and is clearly developed on the conglomeration of lobbying efforts supported by the wrong corporate dollars and Politian’s who put their financial endeavors before the needs of Florida patients. This bill is undoubtedly one of the worst pieces of medical marijuana legislations in the world, from an objective perspective.

From the above-mentioned legislative fiasco, one positive element shines through, that being that a few vertically integrated licenses will be available. Now it’s time for those well seasoned canna-entrepreneurs to come into the Florida market and show the current players how the game is played.

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The Legality of the Medical Marijuana Program in Florida

 

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The Legality of the Medical Marijuana Program in Florida

The Legality of the Medical Marijuana

Program in Florida

In Florida, the Medical Marijuana licensee “Trulieve” began distributing marijuana flower in its dispensaries and through their home delivery service. Accordingly, the Office of Compassionate Use (“OCU”) issued a cease and desist notice, demanding Trulieve to stop such sale. Initially the Department of Health (“DOH”) approved the sale of the product; however, the use was for vaporizing methods only. When the DOH discovered that the flower could be removed from its container and use in forms other than vaporizing, they step in with the cease and desist notice.

In early May, Florida legislators failed to reach an agreement regarding the states new medical marijuana program under Amendment 2. Despite the failed compromise, current MMJ licensees have been distributing high THC medical marijuana to registered patients who are not terminally ill, when they have only been granted a license to distribute CBD only marijuana, and high THC marijuana to those terminally ill patients.

Amendment 2 is silent and to whether these current licenses are to be grandfathered in under Amendment 2 medical marijuana program. Leaving the question, “Are they supposed to be selling high THC marijuana to patients who are not terminally ill?” Legally they are not suppose to because as mentioned above, our legislators failed to reach an agreement, Amendment 2 is silent on the issue and the DOH has not release it proposed rules, much less its file rules. Thus, legally speaking the current licensees who have been distributing marijuana to patients who are not deemed terminally ill are doing so in violation against State and Federal law. Even Federal law, through the Cole Memorandums conspicuously state that the language found within said memorandum only protects those who are operating under the state’s comprehensive program.

Floridians must wait at least until July 3rd to know DOH’s proposed rules for the states new MMJ program. There has been an enormous push from the current licensees, who are only authorized to operate under a CDB only program, to maintain the status quo and keep anyone from obtaining a MMJ license under the new program. At the same time, patients, cannabis activist, investors, and many others have voiced their opinion about leaving the market free and open for the benefit of all Floridians. “Initial estimates by Marijuana Business Daily forecast that dispensary sales in Florida could hit $600 million-$800 million a few years after the new program launches.”

Rolando Vazquez, Esq.

President

GreenAcre Consulting Team

1395 Brickell Avenue, Suite 800

Miami, FL 33131

1-888-428-3260

rv@greenacreteam.com

 

 

BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25:  Samples of medicinal marijuana are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late Wednesday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The 5 Necessary Elements When Opening a Marijuana Dispensary

The 5 Necessary Elements When Opening a Marijuana Dispensary

If you are reading this article more than likely is because you or somebody you know is interested in opening a marijuana dispensary. The Cannabis Industry is a challenging one and GreenAcre will help you through the process of applying, staying compliant and thriving in the Industry.

A Consulting Firm, an Insider in the Industry

You need guidance in this industry! Many professionals claim to have knowledge, but most are outsiders. They might have business knowledge, but not cannabuisiness knowledge. We always tell our clients, you are not opening a restaurant. You are dealing with a medicine that is Federally a scheduled 1 substance, according to the Controlled Substance Act. A great consultant will know the best industry practices and will possess key political connections. Corollary, GreenAcre is well connected not only in the cannabis industry, but also politically.

A Business Plan, the Heart of your Application

A comprehensive Business Plan is key to success in the Cannabis Industry. The Business plan will essentially be your application for the state license. Moreover, you will need the business plan when you look to raise capital for you CannaVenture. GreenAcre will develop your Business Plan. The Business Plan can be modified later to apply in any other state where Marijuana is legal, or becomes legal.

A lawyer, Who Can Also be Your Consultant

Cannabis Laws vary from state to state, county to county, and change constantly. You need an attorney to keep you in compliance with local and state regulations. A lawyer can also be helpful when it comes to reviewing contracts and securing property. It is a plus if your lawyer is also a cannabis consultant.

Funding, the Muscle of the Operation

Applying for a license and opening a dispensary facility can be costly. Whether you are a solo investor, a group of investors or you are seeking investment, a CannaVenture is a huge financial undertaking. You need to “put your numbers together first,” to be sure you have enough resources for your project. Also keep in mind that, the failure rate in the Cannabis Industry is at 44% within the first 4 years. If you are looking for investors, GreenAcre will connect you with investors in the Industry. If you are looking to invest, GreenAcre has access to the best projects available in the Industry, globally.

An Accountant, compliance with the Federal Government

You need an accountant, period. The accountant works together with your consultant in the creation of your Business Plan, and in case you are seeking investors. Moreover, they need to keep you compliant with the tax code 280E and other relevant tax implications. GreenAcre’s network has the most qualified consultants in the Industry.

 

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How Medical Marijuana and The Second Amendment Collide: State v. Federal Law

How Medical Marijuana and The Second Amendment Collide: State v. Federal Law

By: Danielle DeMahy

There are twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C. that legally allow the use of marijuana in some form, eight of which even allow recreational use. There are many disregarded health benefits that come with medical marijuana, such as reducing seizures or symptoms of cancer, decreasing anxiety, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing multiple sclerosis pain, and many other conditions.[1] States throughout the U.S. are slowly starting to see the increasing value in medical marijuana, thus implementing laws to support it.

In September 2011, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) released an open letter after receiving numerous inquiries concerning state authorized medical marijuana and Federal firearms laws. The letter stated, “there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law.”[2] According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which is the class with the highest “potential for abuse and potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence.”[3]

When a person seeks to purchase a firearm, they are required to fill out the ATF’s Firearms Transaction Record, Form 4473. Included in this form is question 11(e), which asks the purchaser if they are “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.”[4] In 2017 a revision of the form was put in place which included a warning to potential purchasers explaining that even if marijuana is “legalized or decriminalized” for recreational or medical use in the state of residence, it still remains unlawful under Federal law. This means if you answered yes to question 11(e), you were prohibited by Federal law to purchase a firearm.

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees a person’s right to bear arms for security purposes.[5] Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that banning medical marijuana users from purchasing firearms does not violate their Second Amendment rights.[6] The court further explained that the purchaser could have accumulated legal firearms prior to acquiring her medical marijuana card (“Card”), and the ATF Open Letter and Federal laws would not impede her rights to retain possession of her firearms. On the other hand, she could purchase firearms and exercise her Second Amendment right at any time if she relinquished her Card, “thereby demonstrating to a firearms dealer that there is no reasonable cause to believe she is an unlawful drug user.”[7] The court’s questionable rationale is illustrated when it stated “it is beyond dispute that illegal drug users, including marijuana users, are likely, as a consequence of such use, to experience altered or impaired mental states that affect their judgment and that can lead to irrational or unpredictable behavior”[8]

Federal law criminalizes the possession or receiving of a firearm by a person addicted to a controlled substance or an unlawful drug user.[9] This law brings conflict to those who have been issued a valid Card and those same individuals who also choose to exercise their right to bear arms. Under some circumstances, they must choose either their health or their safety. This notion that substance use increases unpredictable behavior is fundamentally flawed.

In an interview, the authors of the book Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know compared this notion with cigarette smokers and alcohol. They explained that smoking alone certainly does not result in crime, but within the population of smokers there is a likelihood to find people participating in illegal behavior. Further, there is an alarming amount of evidence which shows a correlation between “alcohol intoxication and pharmacologically induced violent crimes.”[10] However, “[t]here is little direct association between marijuana or opiate use and violent crimes . . . it is also possible that for some would-be offenders, the pharmacological effect of certain drugs . . . may actually reduce violent tendencies.”[11]

Card hopefuls must go through a series of requirements before being issued a valid license. Each state has their own set procedure, for example, in Florida although the new laws are not set in place until June 2017, they list qualification requirements to obtain a Card. Among those qualifications, patients must obtain legitimate medical records from their primary care physician accurately describing the diagnosis; the patient must have been diagnosed by a doctor as having a debilitating medical condition; and upon receiving the Card, the patient must register with the Florida Department of Health.[12]

Individuals who will be able to obtained a Card are those with serious medical conditions, not just every person who desires one. To allow individuals to keep their firearms after they acquire a Card, but prohibit them from purchasing firearms after they acquire a Card is inconsistent. Using the court’s reasoning, what makes a person less irrational or unpredictable when having the firearm before obtaining a card? Now that medicinal marijuana is being legalized across the country, the Second Amendment must be applied consistently. The Federal Government must acknowledge the states that have legalized medicinal marijuana and properly categorize the individuals with a Card as lawful users.

[1] See Jennifer Welsh & Kevin Loria, 23 Health Benefits of Marijuana, Bus. Insider (Apr. 20, 2014, 3:03 PM), http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-2014-4/#c-slows-the-progression-of-alzheimers-disease-7.

[2] Arthur Herbert, Open Letter to All Federal Firearms Licensees, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (Sept. 21, 2011), https://www.atf.gov/file/60211/download.

[3] See Drug Scheduling, U.S. Drug Enf’t Admin, https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml (last visited Jan. 28, 2017).

[4] Firearms Transaction Record, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/4473-part-1-firearms-transaction-record-over-counter-atf-form-53009/download (revised Oct. 2016).

[5] See U.S. Const. amend. II.

[6] See Wilson v. Lynch, 835 F.3d 1083 (9th Cir. 2016).

[7] See id. at 1093.

[8] Id. at 1094 (emphasis added).

[9] See 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3) (2016).

[10] Christopher Ingraham, Why Medical Marijuana Patients Can’t Buy Guns, The Wash. Post (Sept. 7, 2016), https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/07/why-medical-marijuana-patients-cant-buy-guns/?utm_term=.d039466fe50d.

[11] Supra note 9.

[12] See Florida Medical Marijuana Qualification, Marijuana Drs., https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/medical-marijuana/FL/qualification (last visited Jan. 28, 2016).

 

 


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Danielle K. DeMahy
Juris Doctor Candidate, 2018
St. Thomas University School of Law
St. Thomas Law Review, Staff Editor

Ms. Danielle DeMahy is a Juris Doctor Candidate for May 2018 at St. Thomas Law School.  As a 2L, Ms. DeMahy  became interested in the Cannabis and Medical Marijuana subject while taking the course “Legal Issues for Startups, Entrepreneurs, and Small Businesses” at Saint Thomas University School of Law.  During the course Ms. DeMahy had to represent the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary going through the logistics and legal issues of starting a company in the Medical Marijuana Industry.

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Brevard County is developing its Medical Marijuana Regulations.

Brevard County is developing its Medical Marijuana Regulations.

 

Brevard County commissioners are considering placing medical marijuana dispensaries within unincorporated areas. The dispensaries will be located within 1,000 feet of a child care facilities and schools. Additionally, the dispensaries will be located within 200 feet of a residential zoned or residentially development property.

On February 21st, 2017, the County Commissioners voted in favor to have a proposal for the rules by May. The proposed rules will be subject to two public hearings and a final vote. Counties and cities are moving along and regulating Medical Marijuana. On the same date, GreenAcre’s President and Vice-president met with Planning and Zoning officials from a city in Broward County. The officials said the city already received applications for a “coffee shop” facility, which are not allowed. The applications are on hold until the applicant gets approval by the State of Florida, but would still need to submit an application that conforms to the states new medical marijuana program, as a “coffee shop” set-up is not allowed.

Last Month, Osceola County closed their application process for dispensaries, only 8 people applied. According with County officials the applications are contingent on getting approval by the State of Florida.

Investors should take note of this information because there are people taking advantage and already applying for licenses.

Last week, the city of Miami Beach decided to lower the number of dispensaries allowed from 5 to 3. This impacts directly investors that want to have a dispensary in Miami Beach.

Please click on the links below to access more information on Brevard County’s Medical Marijuana Regulation. If you want to have information on the cities and counties that are taking applications for dispensary locations contact GreenAcre Consulting Team at rv@greenacreteam.com or at 1-888- 428-3260

Links:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2017/02/21/medical-marijuana-dispensary-rules-proposed-brevard/98187914/

http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/237237282-story

 


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Donations to Florida for Care are strongly recommended

Florida for Care advocates for the implementation of a strong, well-regulated, Florida medical marijuana system under Amendment 2. Florida for Care believes that Florida has the opportunity to set the standard for what a state medical marijuana system should look like and how it can function most effectively. Please contact Mr. Eric Stevens at eric@floridaforcare.org for more information on how you can contribute.

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Florida’s Current Medical Marijuana Program Unbeneficial for Patients.

Florida’s Current Medical Marijuana Program Unbeneficial for Patients

 

Less than a week into 2017, the Cannabis Industry activists in Florida are already strategizing an approach to push the agenda for an open market. This necessity stems from fact that the current 7 cannabis licensees’ are investing their resources in lobbyist to push their agenda, which is to maintain the status quo. Opening up the market to hundreds of other cannabis entrepreneurs directly affects what many believe to be a multi-billion dollar market that would currently only be accessible to 7 different license holders.

On January 5th, Florida For Care hosted the “2017 Medical Marijuana Policy Conference – Opening Network Reception” at Greenspoon Marder’s Law Offices in Fort Lauderdale. Several dozens of cannabis industry insiders and activists from around the country convened at the event with the intentions to discuss and organize the push for a more open market. Ben Pollara, from Florida for Care, stated it best, “There are the have’s and the have not’s, and everyone here tonight are the have not’s.” The point he was making alludes to the notion that there are competing views currently in the Florida Cannabis Industry. Those who seek to monopolize the market and those who prefer an open market. Promoting an open market is an objective view, since an open market by nature encourages health competition, which ultimately lowers prices and creates higher quality goods. The patients come first in this industry, thus lower prices and better quality is a must.

On the other hand, those who seek to monopolize the market are purely speaking from the vantage point of a business, which is a subjective perspective based upon profit margin rather than a more human concern for the end user. Currently, the 7 cannabis licensees’ cannot produce enough medicine to supply the existing market. To make matters worse, the prices on the medicine comes with a high mark up cost. One patient vented on Facebook stating that Trulieve, a current cannabis licensee holder in Florida, is selling (.25g) of cannabis oil for $125, which equates to $500 a gram. At the moment gold is approximately $38 a gram, if the facebook statement is true, then it proves that currently most patients will not be able to afford the medicine. The latter highlights the fact that under the current medical marijuana program in Florida an issue of affordability exists.

Hopefully the new medical marijuana program in Florida will adjust appropriately to reflect the fact that the patient’s needs are at the forefront of the policymaking. The end point being that the state of Florida needs to embrace an open market. Doing so will lead to safe, reliable and affordable access to medical marijuana for Florida patients.

 

Rolando Vazquez, Esq. 

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