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The state of Florida is one step closer to implementing a 2014 law which legalizes the use of certain strains of medical cannabis that contain low levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and high levels of cannabidiol (CBD). Patients suffering from cancer and seizure disorders in Florida may have safe, reliable access to medical cannabis as early as June 2016.

Five nurseries that have been operating in the state of Florida for more than 30 years were selected on Monday. In order to qualify to apply for a license, each nursery had to be able to grow at least 400,000 plants, and they were required to have been in business in Florida for at least 30 years.

The following five nurseries were selected:

  1. Knox Nursery of Winter Garden (Central Region)
  2. Alpha Foliage of Homestead (Southwest Region)
  3. Costa Nursery Farms of Miami (Southeast Region)
  4. Hackney Nursery Co. of Tallahassee (Northwest Region)
  5. Chestnut Hill Tree Farm of Alachua (Northeast Region)

Nothing is final yet, though. Each of these businesses must now post a $5 million performance bond within the next 10 days. A missed deadline will result in disqualification, and the next applicant in line will have the chance to move up.

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