Medical marijuana company seeks state rules for edible pot

TALLAHASSEE — A medical-marijuana grower is demanding that the Florida Department of Health develop a regulation so vendors can begin making and selling edible marijuana products to patients.

In a petition filed Friday, Surterra Florida asked health officials to start a rule-making process involving a new law designed to carry out the voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients.

The law, approved during a June special session, allows the state’s medical-marijuana operators to sell edible products currently banned in Florida to qualified patients, so long as they aren’t geared toward children.

To “discourage consumption of edibles by children,” the law requires health officials to determine “by rule any shapes, forms, and ingredients allowed and prohibited for edibles.”