New Medical Marijuana Faces Licensing Hiccup

New Medical Marijuana Faces Licensing Hiccup
Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 14:44:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Health says a medical group wanting to open a marijuana dispensary in northwest Tallahassee is not licensed and therefore not able to do so.

Business partners Derek Hart and Costa Vathis recently purchased a 27,000 square foot facility and want to become the next major operation of cultivation, extraction and distribution.

But the Florida Department of Health says there are only seven dispensing organizations in the State of Florida authorized to dispense medical marijuana, and the "Huxley Medical Group" is not one of them.

The entrepreneurs told us earlier this week that they're gearing up for the possibility that more licensed dispensing organizations will be needed in the coming years.

The Department of Health is directed to put rules into effect to implement amendment 2 within 6 months and to implement regulations within 9 months.

Until these rules are official, there is no process to register new medical marijuana treatment centers.