TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Joe Redner, the Tampa strip-club king who is now leading the fight for home-grown medical marijuana, is facing another setback.
Redner is in remission for stage-4 lung cancer. He believes medical marijuana is instrumental to keeping him healthy.
In April, Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers judge ruled that Redner is legally entitled to possess, grow and use marijuana for juicing. Judge Gievers’ ruling, citing Amendment 2, found the Florida Department of Health has been, and continues to be, non-compliant with the Florida constitutional requirements. The state appealed that ruling and was granted an automatic stay to that order, however Redner’s attorney worked on a motion to lift the stay.
Tuesday, siding with the state Department of Health, an appeals court temporarily blocked Redner from being able to grow marijuana, a move that Redner expected. The stay will remain in place as the court considers the appeal of Gievers’ underlying ruling that Redner should be allowed to grow his own marijuana.
Now Redner’s attorneys are focused on an even broader battle against Florida’s restrictive medical marijuana laws. April 30, Redner’s attorney filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Health, the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, the Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, the State Surgeon eEneral, and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Heath, and Governor Rick Scott, arguing the state’s entire licensing scheme is designed to keep the multimillion-dollar medical marijuana industry in the hands of only a few companies. 13 licenses have been granted in Florida.
Redner’s previous application to gain a license for his own company, Florigrown, LLC, was denied.
Redner tells News Channel 8 he is prepared to take his fight to the Florida Supreme Court.