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Challenges expected over marijuana nurseries

Posted at 8:11 AM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 08:11:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- At least six challenges are expected against the five nurseries selected to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Florida.

Monday is the deadline for those administrative challenges to be filed to the Department of Health.

The process of awarding the licenses though has been fraught with legal challenges. Health officials first proposed awarding the licenses via a lottery system, but that was struck down by a judge.

A three-person committee was then established to screen applications and select the five nurseries.

The Office of Compassionate Care named the five nurseries Nov. 23. In order to qualify, nurseries had to have been in business in Florida for at least 30 years and grown a minimum of 400,000 plants at the time of the application.

According to the Office of Compassionate Use, 24 nurseries applied.