Florida Department of Health Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Trulieve

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On May 15, 2017, the Florida Department of Health sent a cease-and desist-letter to Trulieve, one of Florida’s seven licensed medical marijuana companies, ordering them to stop selling whole flower medical marijuana to their patients.

Although medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida, current law only permits edible forms of marijuana or marijuana that can be vaporized without being easily transformed into a smokable product.

According to the News Services of Florida, Office of Compassionate Use Director Christian Bax wrote the letter after news broke that the company had begun selling ground marijuana in a line of vaporizer cups known as “Entourage.”

“Licensed dispensing organizations have a responsibility to ensure their product is not one that can easily be transitioned into a smokable form. Therefore, whole flower products are not permitted,” Bax wrote in the letter. “Given the above facts, Trulieve is hereby ordered to immediately cease and desist sale of its Entourage product.”

Despite being reportedly “surprised” by the department’s letter, Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said that she would immediately comply with the letter. As of publication, Trulieve’s “Entourage” products are no longer available on its website.

Originally posted on MJINews.com