A judge has struck down Florida’s medical marijuana dispensary cap, a victory for existing operators seeking to expand locations in the fast-growing market.
Second Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled Friday that the cap is unconstitutional.
Gievers wrote that the dispensary cap, instituted by the Florida Legislature in 2017, “erects barriers” that increase costs and delay access to products.
She added that it’s exactly the “kind of regulation” that the 2016 voter-approved constitutional amendment was intended to eliminate.
The suit against the state and the dispensary cap was filed by Trulieve, a multistate medical marijuana company that has the most dispensaries in Florida.
Here’s the situation:
State officials didn’t immediately respond to Marijuana Business Daily inquiries for comment on the judge’s dispensary cap ruling.
The Florida MMJ program has 176,278 qualified patients. MJBizDaily‘s updated 2018 Factbookestimated Florida’s MMJ sales would hit $200 million-$300 million in 2018.