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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A Big Bend medical cannabis provider is suing the state over a law that limits how many dispensaries it has in Florida.
Trulieve is challenging the statute, which caps the number of retail outlets to 25.
The company’s attorney claims Trulieve applied for a total of 27 locations before the caps were added.
The lawsuit states the purpose of the statute is to “suppress competition” among medical marijuana treatment centers.
Trulieve’s attorney says the restrictions hurt those who need their products.
“Some customers may have difficulty getting to a dispensing facility. Some of them need the guidance and interaction with a qualified sales representative,” said David Miller, Attorney for Trulieve. “Some of them may need to exchange products if they’re unsatisfactory. All of these promote safe and available use.”
The company’s first dispensary in Florida opened in Tallahassee in 2016. Trulieve harvests the cannabis in Gadsden County.
In a statement, the Florida Department of Health said:
“The implementation of Amendment 2