13 challenges filed over medical marijuana licenses

- Florida's Department of Health has received 13 administrative challenges over the selection of nurseries to grow medical marijuana in the state.

An administrative challenge has been filed in all five regions. Redland Nursery filed challenges over the awarding of licenses in two regions.

The Office of Compassionate Care named the five nurseries Nov. 23. In order to qualify, nurseries had to have been in business in Florida for at least 30 years and grown a minimum of 400,000 plants at the time of the application.

The process of awarding the licenses though has been fraught with legal challenges. Health officials first proposed awarding the licenses via a lottery system, but that was struck down by a judge. A three-person committee was then established to screen applications and select the nurseries.

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