Florida’s Office of Medical Use Director Christian Bax has sent a cease and desist letter to Trulieve, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Florida, ordering them to stop selling a product that could be broken down into a smokable product which is not permitted under the state’s rules, according to an Associated Press report.
The product, the Entourage Multi Indica vaporizing cup, is the company’s first whole-plant offering and Trulieve was given authorization to sell the cups by the state Department of Health. However, Health Department officials discovered that the vaporizer needed to use the product was only available online, employees were not able to show patients how to use the product with the vaporizer, and that the cup caps were easily removed – revealing the flower – and not able to be reattached. Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said the company had warned patients that the product should be used only with the vaporizer.
Florida’s medical cannabis program has been marred with setbacks after voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand the limited regime. Under the language of the initiative passed last November the new rules dictating the program must be in place by July and enacted by October; however earlier this month lawmakers failed to approve legislation before the end of session and the implementation responsibility will now move to the Health Department unless legislative leaders call for a special session.