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Dec 29, 2014
SF Business Journal - This year's push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida flamed out, but its supporters are still going strong.
"We're banking on there being [more] legislation put forth," said Jordan Schlosser, who runs Wynwood Extract Company. The South Florida business sells nutritional supplements derived from hemp.
Back in July, nearly 88 percent of Floridians were expected to vote for a proposal to fully legalize medical marijuana. When Election Day rolled around, only 58 percent of voters came out in favor of Amendment 2 — just shy of the 60 percent it needed to pass.
Campaigns for both sides spent a total of about $10 million. Ultimately, many felt the amendment was poorly written, said Dr. Sanford Silverman, president of the Broward County Medical Association.
Outside of those licenses, few opportunities exist for marijuana-related businesses in Florida in the upcoming year — but many are still trying.
"We have an eight-year-old daughter named Rebecca, and Rebecca is severely medically complex," said Seth Hyman, a Weston father who now serves as director of business development for the firm. "She doesn't walk or talk."
He said his daughter has hundreds of seizures a day that can't be controlled by traditional medicine, and so he helped push for the "Charlotte's Web" law that Florida passed earlier this year.
Hyman said in November he wasn't sure what Kelley Kronenberg would do next to prepare for what he believes is the inevitable legalization of medical marijuana, but said the firm was "moving full speed ahead."