Administrative judge says 2 should get medical pot license


An administrative ruling has paved the way for at least one more medical marijuana distributing organization in Florida.

Division of Administrative Hearings Judge John Van Landingham ruled Tuesday that Plants of Ruskin and Tornello Landscape/3 Boys Farm are equally qualified to receive licenses, but if the state’s Department of Health would approve only one, then it should go to Tornello/3 Boys.

Department of Health spokesman Brad Dalton said they are reviewing the order and in the process of determining their next steps. There are currently seven distributing organizations.

This was the last of the administrative challenges since the five original licenses were decided in December of 2015. Two additional were awarded last year due to either settlements or an administrative ruling.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Larry Gillis (Cape Coral)

    May 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Why is the State of Florida (through its legislature and administrative agencies) picking “winners and losers” in the free market again ?

    Why don’t they just butt out ? Marijuana is not high-end pharma; it’s just a dumb weed, not unlike tobacco.

  • Albert S. Malka

    May 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Graft and corruption, the little guy gets sc***ed again. if you are not connected way up there is no way that the little business will get a license to dispense.

  • Eric Lyng

    May 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    It’s as simple to grow as tomato’s. In fact, even simpler. Why can’t we just grow our own limited number of plants and keep it secure or get fined. There’s no need to cherry pick who gets to get rich from the sale of it. Greedy and corrupt politicians want to control who can produce it.

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