State's medical-marijuana licenses challenged

Eleven companies challenged Florida’s limited medical-marijuana program Monday by contesting how the state awarded licenses to start the industry.

The challenges mean another round of court proceedings and judges’ decisions before anyone can be certain that Knox Nursery of Winter Garden and the four other regional licensees have legal authority to grow marijuana and process and sell medicines derived from it.

The challenges will be heard by Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judges. The potential timing…

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