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May 16th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

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Home Grown: SWFL natives vie for coveted Florida Medical Marijuana license
Andrew West, News-Press

A Fort Myers nursery owner is competing for one of Florida’s coveted full-service medical marijuana licenses and facing one challenge after another — even suing the state for a license he says he’s owed.

The owner of FTG nursery, John Allen, and his partner William Reese, a third-generation farmer, hand-delivered their application to the Department of Health last November with a cashier’s check for $60,830 to grow, process and distribute cannabis. 

Florida law requires the health department to raise any issues with the application in 30 days and make a decision within 90, or issue a license. 

None of that happened, Allen said.

“The statute is there for a reason. If the agency can ignore it then why is it there?” FTG’s attorney Craig Varn said.

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