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Health Department Takes Medical Cannabis Workshop Tour To Fort Lauderdale

US Fish and Wildlife Service via wikimedia commons
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service via wikimedia commons

The Department of Health is spending the week on the road—taking comment on new rules for the medical cannabis industry.

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In Fort Lauderdale Tuesday, health officials heard a familiar refrain.  Just as it has since limited medical cannabis treatments became legal, the question of who can grow and sell the drug is a source of ongoing consternation.   Ken Stark is a patient with Crohn’s disease. 

“This portion of the proposed rule that limits the providers to the five to ten, or five to seven, that were under the preexisting law simply isn’t sufficient to meet the demand,” Stark says.

Health officials also got an earful about what conditions qualify.  Similar meetings are coming up in in Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee this week.

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.