MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A family is ecstatic that five Florida nurseries were chosen to grow medical marijuana in the state, but they fear it could be a little too late for their son if another change isn’t made.
Max Cabrera just got out of the hospital. He’d been in Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for two weeks. Doctors got him through a tough bout of pneumonia
“Very happy to have Max home. We are extremely happy to hear this great news. A great leap forward,” said Gabriel Cabarera, Max’s father.
You might remember Max from a CBS4 special report about the little boy’s rare genetic condition that produces multiple seizures.
Max’s mom and dad said the oil derivative from the plants could save his life.
On Monday, the State of Florida granted five licenses to Florida growers.
One of those five nurseries allowed to grow medical marijuana in Florida is located right in Homestead.
They issued a statement following the announcement Monday.
It read, in part:
Costa Farms…looks forward to quickly beginning production of this much-needed medicine to serve some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens. We are committed to providing the safest and most effective treatment to those suffering from qualifying conditions and will work diligently to ensure its availability with as little delay as possible.
“We were thrilled finally after months and months of this that it finally went through,” said Max’s mom, Dianley Cabarera.
But they still worry it will take too long to grow and process Florida marijuana in time to save Max.
The couple wants to be allowed to import marijuana oil from Colorado until Florida’s crops can be processed. All other states that legalized medical marijuana allow importation.
“Why is Florida the only state that is not allowed to order this product from Colorado? I do not understand,” Dianley Cabarera said.