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 of those cases was unclear Monday, though each challenge may be handled on a case-by-case basis.
The Florida Legislature created the program in 2014, and Gov. Rick Scott signed it into law that July, to provide marijuana-extracted medicines for people suffering from chronic seizures, tremors and other neurological disorders.