Florida issues first medical marijuana license to Black-owned business

Six years after Florida voters approved a medical marijuana ballot measure, and six months after the Department of Health accepted applications, the first Black-owned business received its license to grow and sell marijuana for medicinal use.

The DOH’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use announced Tuesday it awarded the license to Terry Gwinn, one of 12 people who submitted applications in March.

Gwinn is part of a group of Black farmers who sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture over racial discrimination in allotting farm loans in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Pigford class, named after the Pigford v. Glickman moniker of

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