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Judge Stops Attempt To Delay Pot Law

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Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers has rejected a move to halt the state from issuing medical marijuana treatment licenses to Florida's current pot vendors.

But, ruling from the bench Thursday morning in the hastily called hearing, Gievers said she would consider the effort again next month.

“I'm not going to issue an injunction just because you asked for it. It's not appropriate to go and do it on 24-hour notice,” Gievers told lawyer Steve Andrews, who represents Tropiflora, a subsidiary of Clearwater-based Marij Agriculture.

Gievers scheduled a hearing July 21 hearing on the amended suit. Andrews sued the state after state health officials rejected his client's application for a medical marijuana license in 2015.

On Thursday, Ed Lombard, a private lawyer representing the Florida Department of Health, told Gievers that Tropiflora was never considered for a license because its initial application lacked requisite certified financial details and that those records were never submitted.

Andrews told Gievers his client intends to amend its lawsuit now that Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a measure (HB 8A) that more than doubled the number of marijuana operators that can be licensed by the state.