Florida has expanded its cannabis-product range, now allowing consumers to purchase edible marijuana products.
Last Wednesday, Florida's Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) provided its guidelines for the sale and consumption of medical marijuana edibles.
Floridians first voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal cannabis in 2016, however smokeable medicinal cannabis was banned shortly after when then-Governor Rick Scott signed a law to do so. Though Mr. Scott's ban on smokeable cannabis was itself only temporary and was overturned in 2019 when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation to repeal it.
Now, four years after that initial vote to legalize medicinal cannabis, Florida will allow for the consumption and sale of edible medicinal cannabis products.
Though, like all changes to cannabis legislation, this doesn't mean that edibles will appear overnight in Florida's dispensaries, but rather, companies that seek to bring edible cannabis products to market will first require approval from Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
However this hasn't stopped companies from hitting the ground running, with Floridian cannabis giants like Trulieve and Curaleaf having already received approval to begin producing edible cannabis.
Trulieve's CEO, Kim Rivers believes that the introduction of edible products could increase Florida's cannabis sales by up to 20 percent.
"Similar to what we saw when flower was introduced in 2019, we expect that edibles will contribute to a sizable share of overall sales," Rivers said in a statement. "We know the demand is there, as we have been hearing from our customers for some time now."
According to Florida's Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried edible cannabis products will provide patients with "another option."
"Every single patient is different, as far as how their body reacts to this medicine. Some patients can't swallow pills. Some may have lung cancer and can't use flower," Fried said. "So, this is another alternative to so many patients who may need their medicine but need it in alternative forms."
Florida's new cannabis edible rules state that companies require a $650 annual permit to manufacture edibles and must also abide by the following regulations:
• Edibles cannot resemble commercially available candy;
• Edibles must be in geometric shapes (not animal shapes);
• Edibles can include baked goods, chocolate, drink powders, lozenges and gelatins.
Marijuana Business Daily projects that the addition of cannabis edibles could increase Florida's cannabis sales by up to $200 million, reaching a potential height of $950 million total for 2020.
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