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Florida Lawmakers Could Take Second Stab At Medical Marijuana Implementation

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One Florida lawmaker says the legislature could get a do-over on implementing the state’s 2016 medical marijuana amendment after the First Discrict Court of Appeal handed down an opinionTuesday calling the current setup unconstitutional.

The governor’s office is weighing whether to appeal the ruling, but Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) thinks the issue will end up back in the legislature.

"I think what you’re going to see is us going into committee weeks in October [and] September, and beginning to work through what this should look like on the other end." Brandes said. "And I think that will require a new set of legislation, new implementing legislation and to go forward from there. But I think it will be done without vertical integration and without caps on licenses as the courts have pointed out. " 

In a strongly worded opinion Judge Scott Makar, calls the current system an “unlawful vertically-integrated oligopoly.”

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Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.
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