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Posted: Friday, November 3, 2017 1:00 am

Production will bring jobs to the area, and may enable easier access to treatment.

   Earlier this year, Homestead’s Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms applied to be a marijuana grower and expended a great deal of time, effort and money to qualify as a grower and was not awarded a license, even though its application was ranked the second highest. 

   Feeling that he was treated unfairly, Keith filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Health.  During the case, Florida health officials asked that Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham be removed from the case as they stated he “prejudged the issues in this matter” while St. Germain’s camp accused the state of Judge shopping.  Judge Van Laningham had previously heard a similar case in which he ruled in favor of another nursery and stated that the Department of Health was not following their own guidelines.

   This past week, Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms was victorious in their quest. On October 30th, the DOH issued an Amended Emergency Rule 64ER17 which settled a scoring issue for licenses and allowed Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms to receive the license.

   The new license settles the legal challenge filed by St. Germain after the state denied the grower a license in August.  Under the settlement, St. Germain agreed to drop its administrative challenge as well as a lawsuit filed in circuit court, in exchange for a license.

A spokesman for the nursery stated, “Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms is pleased to acknowledge that we have been awarded a license from the Florida Department of Health to open the second Medical Marijuana Treatment Center in Southeast Florida.

   We are grateful to DOH leadership for this opportunity to safely and effectively deliver medical cannabis relief to patients suffering from debilitating illnesses. We will be working closely with the department over the coming weeks as we build out our production and distribution facilities.

   As the demand for medical cannabis continues to grow, we are also excited to be able to create good-paying employment opportunities in Southeast Florida and throughout the state.”

   Indeed, the addition of this nursery in the Homestead area will create jobs for the area as well as make the treatment more available.  This is the second license awarded in the Southeastern Region.

   When asked about the license for his company, Keith St. Germain added, “We’re excited about the opportunity to open the second Medical Marijuana Treatment Center in Southeast Florida, and look forward to serving patients throughout the state.”

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