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Florida judge rules in favor of ordering cannabis online via sites like Leafly

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Starting Monday, medical patients in Florida can resume purchasing cannabis products online from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

Resolution from Judge Susan Van Wyck comes months after the Florida Department of Health announced that it will impose a fine on any licensed cannabis dispensary that uses third-party services to process orders, Leafly writes.

He wrote, “Contracting with Leafly.com, or any other third-party website, for services directly related to dispensing is a violation,” he wrote, Courtney Coppola, Former Chief of Staff of the Health Department in a February 2021 memo.

Shortly after the state Ministry of Health Medical marijuana operators in Florida have threatened a $500,000 fine and are beginning to cut ties with third-party internet companies, the High Times writes.

Prior to the February warrant, Leafly had worked with 277 stores in the Sunshine State, helping to process orders for more than half a million patients.

Judge Van Wyk’s new ruling comes after the company’s legal team argued it Leafly is not involved in dispensing cannabis products, as it is not involved in payment transactions and product distribution.

Leafly’s legal filing claimed that the Florida Department of Health’s memo was an “unapproved and invalid rule.”

In Monday’s ruling, Judge Van Wyck ordered the Florida Department of Health to “immediately cease reliance on its policy … regarding the online ordering of medical marijuana through third-party websites.”

In a statement emailed to Marijuana Business Daily, Leafly CEO Yoko Miyashitawho recently wire In the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, She said she was “delighted” with the result.

“We look forward to working with our partners to effectively restart Leafly Pickup across Florida,” Miyashita wrote.

Leafly’s iOS App

Meanwhile, Leafly recently launched an iPhone app that allows adults in legal markets to place pick-up orders for cannabis products within the app,

New update for Leafly’s iOS app managed iPhone and iPad users are placing orders for cannabis on state legal markets.

Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Biacodio from Pixels

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