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Florida Legislature Approves More Medical Marijuana Licenses for Black Farmers

Florida Legislature Approves More Medical Marijuana Licenses for Black Farmers

In a move aimed at rectifying past injustices, Florida lawmakers have once again given the green light to increase the number of medical marijuana licenses designated for Black farmers, potentially granting opportunities to three previously unsuccessful applicants.

The expansion of these licenses was incorporated into a comprehensive Department of Health bill (SB 1582), addressing a spectrum of issues ranging from septic-tank inspections to healthcare provisions for newborns and pregnant women.

A crucial provision added to the bill during the final week of this year’s legislative session extends a lifeline to at least three Black farmers who had previously been deemed ineligible to apply for medical marijuana licenses by state authorities.

This legislative maneuver marks the latest chapter in a protracted endeavor to integrate Black farmers into Florida’s burgeoning cannabis industry, which has witnessed exponential growth since the passage of a constitutional amendment authorizing medical marijuana in 2016.

Pending Governor Ron DeSantis’s signature, the bill would elevate the number of potentially lucrative medical marijuana licenses reserved for Black farmers with connections to historic litigation over discriminatory lending practices by federal agencies to six.

A 2017 statute outlining the regulatory framework for the industry mandated health officials to issue a license to a Black farmer associated with the “Pigford” cases, a landmark legal battle. Additionally, applicants were required to demonstrate at least five consecutive years of business operations in Florida prior to applying.

The application process for the Black farmer license commenced in March 2022, culminating six months later with the selection of Terry Donnell Gwinn, a farmer based in Suwannee County, as the designated licensee.

However, discontent brewed among the 11 unsuccessful applicants, including Moton Hopkins, the highest-scoring contender who passed away before the state’s decision on the license was finalized.

Significantly, this year’s bill includes provisions that could pave the way for Hopkins’ heirs and collaborators to obtain the coveted license, offering a glimmer of hope through a 90-day “cure” period for qualifying applications.

Senator Tracie Davis, a Jacksonville Democrat instrumental in shepherding the legislative efforts, emphasized that these proposed amendments aim to assist Hopkins’ team, along with Leola Robinson and Henry Crusaw, two elderly Black farmers hindered by the state’s stringent eligibility criteria.

The legislative strides underscore Florida’s commitment to fostering equitable access to opportunities within its evolving cannabis landscape, addressing historical disparities and promoting inclusivity in the burgeoning industry.



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