A Florida city has fired a top information technology manager for smoking marijuana — even though he been authorized by his doctor to use it legally for medical reasons.
West Palm Beach fired Jason McCarty, its deputy chief of information technology, after a urine test found marijuana in his system — something he told them before the test that they would find.
Florida’s fast-growing, three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollar medical cannabis market is about to experience another surge in sales – this time from edibles.
The state health department has issued long-awaited edible production rules, and medical cannabis operators already are champing at the bit.
The expected boost to the market comes less than 18 months after Florida allowed the sale of flower, which roughly doubled sales.
Dispensaries are labeled an essential service under the same umbrella as health care and pharmacies, so business closures mandated made by local governments won’t affect operations, said Vinit Patel, regional dispensary operations manager for Curaleaf, which has nearly 30 locations across Florida.
Medical marijuana businesses are adapting new procedures to encourage social distancing. Some are closing lobbies and moving operations outdoors, or allowing “herb-side pickup,” such as RiSE Dispensary in Bonita Springs.
An analysis of state markets that release patient counts on at least a quarterly basis reveals several key takeaways:
GrowHealthy plans to open its sixth store in the state on August 5, which will serve the Miami-Dade County population of approximately 2.7 million. The 4,000 square foot store will be located at 13400 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181. The Grand Opening celebration is planned for August 9-11 and details will be posted at www.growhealthy.com.
A court challenge by Florida’s Republican governor likely will further delay the state’s lucrative medical cannabis market from opening up to new businesses.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration asked for a review of a recent appellate panel ruling that the state’s MMJ laws requiring vertical integration and imposing dispensary caps are unconstitutional.
Here’s the latest, according to News Service of Florida:
A Florida appellate court ruled that the state’s medical cannabis licensing system is unconstitutional, setting the stage for greatly expanded business opportunities in one of the country’s fastest-growing markets.
Found unconstitutional were legislative measures that imposed license caps and vertical integration.