State moves forward with medical marijuana despite legal challenges

– Florida health officials are holding to a deadline next month for the state’s first medical marijuana businesses to seek permission to begin growing non-euphoric cannabis, even with hearings in license challenges stacked up through mid-summer.

Department of Health spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said Monday that five dispensing organizations — selected by a three-member panel last year to grow, process and distribute low-THC marijuana — must submit requests for cultivation authorization by Feb. 7, the first deadline…

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