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Lawsuit: State of Florida Ignoring Medical Marijuana Law



    Lawsuit: State of Florida Ignoring Medical Marijuana Law
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 7: A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    A Miami-Dade nursery and a Florida man who suffers from epilepsy are suing the administration of Gov. Rick Scott over the slow implementation of the state's medical marijuana law.

    Bill's Nursery and Michael Bowen filed a lawsuit Tuesday that asks a judge to order the Department of Health to hand out new licenses for treatment centers. A new state law required the state to hand out 10 new licenses by October, but so far the state has only approved six.

    Bowen, who said he needs medical marijuana to prevent seizures, said the department's "inexcusable foot-dragging" is preventing patients from access to medical marijuana.

    Voters last year approved a constitutional amendment that authorized medical marijuana.

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    Mara Gambineri, a spokeswoman for the department, said that state is working "diligently" to implement the new law.

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