Florida entrepreneurs cashing in on possibility of legalized medical marijuana

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Curtis said he’s optimistic the law will pass, noting that state lawmakers already are laying the ground work for the regulatory framework for what could be a billion-dollar legal industry.

Amy Baker, coordinator of the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, told WLRN growers may get an agricultural tax exemption. There could be tax exemptions for food products or common home remedies, as well. 

While the Office of Economic and Demographic Research of Florida says anywhere from 417,252 to 1.3 million may qualify for medical marijuana, it’s no surprise to Curtis, who told FloridaWatchdog.org a steady stream of lawyers, investors and students are  signing up for his courses. 

Curtis isn’t the only one cashing in on the cannabis.

Since the opening of Cannabis University of Florida in Tampa, seminars costing more than $300 a person offer to “bring a whole new meaning to higher education” have sold out, according to its website.

Other companies, such as The Cannabis Career Institute, founded in 2009, plans to offer “how-to” seminars in Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

If voters approve the measure they can expect more laws to follow.

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