When Florida voters passed Amendment 2 with a 71 percent approval rate last November, they thought they were getting a widened medical marijuana marketplace that a large new swath of patients could access with less regulatory interference.

But the first set of new regulations proposed Tuesday by the Florida Department of Health would reinforce the preexisting regulatory structure, which allowed only a handful of farms to produce low-THC product for the Florida marketplace.

“I’d say the expected result was what just happened,” California attorney Matt Harrison told Watchdog.org. Harrison helped draft California’s Prop 64, which decriminalized adult use of cannabis in the state.

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