Black Farmers Say Florida’s Medical Marijuana Law Shuts Them Out

FLORIDA:  Black farmers in Florida say they are being shut out from the state’s emerging medical marijuana trade, and are pushing for changes in the law that would let them break into the limited, legal pot market.

Though Sunshine State voters last fall rejected a broad medical marijuana ballot proposal, a more narrow measure (Senate Bill 1030) was signed by Gov. Rick Scott nearly a year ago. The “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014” allows some nurseries to grow “low-THC” pot and distribute to “qualified patients” suffering from cancer, seizures and muscle spasms.

But for black growers in the state, “It’s a bad thing,” said Florida Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association President Howard Gunn Jr.


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