US (FL): Appeals court rules against orchid grower’s attempt to obtain marijuana license

A state appeals court tossed out a Tampa-based orchid grower’s attempt to enter the state’s medical marijuana market, finding the nursery lacked standing to challenge eight licenses granted by Florida health officials last year.

Louis Del Favero Orchids Inc. challenged a settlement agreement between the Department of Health and firms known in the industry as “one-pointers.”

But a three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that Del Favero “was not a party to the joint settlement agreement and had not been denied a license based on any application filed.”

The agreement resolved administrative complaints filed by the eight applicants and whittled the number of licenses expected to be available under a 2017 law aimed at implementing a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida.

Read more at the Miami Herald (Dara Kam)

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