Attention Florida Residents , future patients and cannabis industry entrepreneurs

The Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use will hold a second public meeting Aug. 1 to discuss potential medical marijuana regulations in Florida.

The public meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Tallahassee. The last meeting caused a stir over the draft rules, with the biggest issue being a proposed lottery to award the five licenses, and several local companies went to the Tallahassee hearing as well.

The last meeting was broadcast live on The Florida Channel.

Highlights of the proposed rules from the Department of Health

• The plants must be planted from the same seeds and cuttings and harvested at the same time then tested.

• The state is broken down into five regions and five nurseries in each region could cultivate and distribute marijuana for medical purposes.

• The central region, which includes Tampa Bay, is comprised of these counties: Brevard, Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia.

• If there is more than one applicant within a region, “a public lottery will be held to determine the order in which applications are considered.”

• The company chosen in the lottery will have 30 days to pay $150,000 for a license and post a $5 million performance bond.

• Each company will have 120 days to begin dispensing the medicine or lose its license.

• Plants must contain no more than 0.8 percent THC or less than 10 percent CBD — or all of the product would be destroyed.

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