The state lawyer helping to draft a rule to bring low-THC marijuana to Florida said Friday that the changes to initial the rule were designed to find compromise between the concerns of potential applicants and patient needs.
“Our goal is to get the product to patients as soon as possible,’’ said Jennifer Tschetter, general counsel for the Department of Health which is drafting the rule.
She made the comments Friday at the onset of a second workshop to get feedback from marijuana industry hopefuls about a proposed new rule that will create the framework for the legal cultivation of low-THC, high-CBD marijuana in Florida for medical purposes.
Regulators have heightened the requirements for entrepreneurs who see potential profit in pot but weakened the law that limited cultivation of the crop to 30-year nurseries. The new draft says that the nurseries need only have a 25 percent ownership interest in the dispensary company to apply for a license to cultivate and distribute medical pot.
The change is likely to increase the number of applicants to the state-run lottery, but concerns persist that it could mean less emphasis on growing and extracting a quality product for sick people who qualify to use the drug.
Photo: Paige Figi, mother of Charlotte, the first child to use low-THC marijuana to treat intractable epilepsy.