JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The medical marijuana business in Florida is booming, which means more job opportunities for you.
Less than two years after state voters approved it, some analysts believe Florida’s pot industry will top $1 billion by 2020 -- and that has many investors and job seekers seeing green.
"We really are going to be one of the largest employers in the region," said George Scorsis, CEO of Liberty Health Sciences, a $250-million international company and one of a handful of businesses in Florida allowed to legally grow and sell cannabis.
As about 3,000 new patients are approved to use medical marijuana in Florida each week, state-of -the-art cultivation facilities are sprouting up all over the state to keep up with the demand.
"It wasn't a secret. It was used hundreds of years ago for so many ailments. And now it is coming back to the forefront of real medicine," Scorsis said. "There are people who are scared by that very word: marijuana. We need to de-stigmatize this entire industry. Come to Florida and come see that this is for truly medicine."
Making medical marijuana
Scorsis took News4Jax inside his grow house in Alachua County and showed us the entire process from seed to sale. Numerous strains of the plant are grown there, and Scorsis says each one has its own benefits.