Under the new regulations, enacted as of November 8, 2016, Florida residents will be able to apply to open Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC) -- entities that acquire, cultivate, possess, process (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfer, transport, sell, distribute, dispense, or administer marijuana, products containing marijuana, related supplies, or educational materials to qualifying patients and caregivers.
Whether regulators will allow stand-alone, specialized businesses for retailing, cultivation, delivery services, edibles or topicals is yet to be determined.
As of right now, the state has not indicated when they will open the licensing period to would-be entrepreneurs. But the measure gives regulators a 6-month window to come up with the licensing requirements and procedures. So the earliest you will be able to apply will be July 2017 - provided they don't seek extensions.
To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should: