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February 13th, 2019

Fried closing in on a choice for State Cannabis Director

Dr. Joseph Rosado is 1 of 11 candidates for the job


Eleven people have applied to be Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s newly-created Director of Cannabis, according to information provided after a public records request. One of those applying was involved in the effort to pass the constitutional amendment that now allows medical marijuana in Florida.


The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released cover letters and resumes for the position that had been sent to Fried’s transition website. She said on Jan. 11 that she will announce her pick “in the coming weeks.”  Fried, a South Florida Democrat and former medical marijuana lobbyist elected in November, said the new position would “oversee all of the different parts of the medical marijuana program that the Department oversees currently.” The Department of Health, under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, largely regulates cannabis through its Office of Medical Marijuana Use.


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