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TALLAHASSE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) – A circuit court has blocked the Florida Department of Health from issuing a medical marijuana growing license reserved for black farmers. The lawsuit stopped the department from issuing other licenses, but marijuana advocates hope the decision will now allow the department to issue at least five other licenses. State law required at least one medical marijuana license go to a member of the Black Farmers Association, but a circuit court judge has blocked the license. The ruling found because the law required an applicant to be a member of a specific association, it unconstitutionally favored a private corporation. Jeff Sharkey with the Medical Marijuana Business Association says the Black Farmers Association prevented other black farmers who otherwise would have qualified for the license from joining. Debate over licenses to grow medical marijuana

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