Fla. High Court Keeps Tight Grip On Medical Pot Licenses

By Diana Novak Jones (June 4, 2021, 6:09 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court's ruling upholding the state's restrictive medical marijuana regulations will ensure that the industry in the Sunshine State stays dominated by the country's biggest cannabis companies, experts say.

The court's decision in Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use v. Florigrown LLC shut down one company's bid to overturn a state law requiring all licensed medical marijuana operators to be vertically integrated — meaning they have to do everything from growing the plant to selling cannabis in retail stores.

The decision in the yearsold case could finally push the state to open up more licenses as...

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