Florida says new pot licensing rules discriminate

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By Katryna Perera (October 21, 2021, 7:42 p.m. EDT) – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has called for a state investigation into a new rule issued by the Florida Department of Health that makes more than double the cost of applications for black farmers to apply for licenses for medical marijuana processing centers, saying she believes the rule is discriminatory.

The commissioner, a Democrat currently vying to overthrow Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, sent her letter to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel and the chairmen of the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee on Wednesday. of State.

Fried says the department’s new “emergency rule” more than doubles the application fee and adds …

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