TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Florida health officials are now one step closer to bringing medical marijuana to the state.
A panel, which has no* been selected, will choose five nurseries to be Florida's first legal pot owners, and one of those nurseries is in Quincy. Hackney Nursery is one of 24 nurseries in the state applying for the license.
Each nursery must have been in business in Florida for at least 30 years and grow a minimum of 400,000 plants at the time they apply.
State officials are unsure how long it will take for the committee to choose the five nurseries.
Hackney Nursery currently grows mostly roses and other flowering plants on more than two hundred and twenty acres in Gadsden county.
George Hackney, says he thinks his nursery would be the best choice for the region:"We're all about northwest Florida, our team is in Tallahassee, our medical director is in Tallahassee our operator is based out of Tallahassee. So we feel we're local, but at the end of the day they need to pick the best one they can pick, the best one that they think is right."
Low THC cannabis was approved last year by the Florida Legislature.
Parents of children with a severe form of epilepsy pushed lawmakers to approve the low-THC cannabis, believing it can end or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures.