Medical Weed Made Legal in Florida But Regulation Details Still Up In the Air

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 17:35:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that will allow medical marijuana to become available to hundreds of thousands of patients across the state.

However, major details need to be worked out in the coming months about how the industry will work.

The expansion will be a lucrative boost for businesses already growing, processing and distributing cannabis in Florida.

Kim Rivers is the CEO of Trulieve, the state's first legal medical marijuana dispensary.

Rivers, hoped the regulatory details of the amendment can be worked out quickly.

"Everyone's focus right now is making sure that there is implementation, to ensure that those conditions that were in the amendment are given full access to medical cannabis in the state of Florida," she said. 

Florida is home to an estimated 500,000 patients who would be eligible for the treatment, making it the second-largest market in the country.