Florida Supreme Court Orders Second Round of Arguments in Medical Cannabis Case
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Florida Supreme Court Orders Second Round of Arguments in Medical Cannabis Case

The court will ultimately decide whether the state properly implemented a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical cannabis.

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July 15, 2020

The Florida Supreme Court ordered a second round of arguments July 14 in a case over whether the state properly implemented a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical cannabis, according to the Miami Herald.

The lawsuit, filed by Tampa-based Florigrown, challenges the constitutionality of a 2017 law that implemented the constitutional amendment, particularly provisions related to the business licensing process. Florigrown was denied a business license and alleges that aspects of Florida’s medical cannabis law improperly limit the companies that can participate in the industry, according to the Miami Herald.

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The Supreme Court heard arguments in May, the news outlet reported, but the new hearing will focus on whether the 2017 law is an unconstitutional “special” law, which is generally intended to benefit specific entities and is prohibited under Florida law, according to the Miami Herald.

Florigrown and the Florida Department of Health must now file additional briefs on the issue, the news outlet reported, and another round of arguments is scheduled for Oct. 7.