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Who is behind the Florida Growers Awarded Licenses to Grow Your Marijuana and Own the Dispensaries

Thanks to the Tallahassee Democrat we learned who is behind the Medical Marijuana Growers in Florida. 

CHT Medical/ Chestnut Hill Farms  (Purchased by Aphria, Inc. of Canada)

Alachua County

Robert D. Wallace, CEO

Deborah Gaw, CFO

Susan Baumgartner, COO. Former vice president of business development for Xhale

Lobbyist: Scott Dick, SKD Consulting

The Green Solution/ San Felasco Nurseries

Alachua County

Alan C. Shapiro, CEO owner, San Felasco/Grandiflora

Marc Meisel, founder, CEO, Prime Ventures, entertainment company

Lobbyists: Roy Dean Cannon Jr., Capitol Insight, former speaker of the House

Chris Carmody, GrayRobinson shareholder

Adam B. Corey, campaign consultant, restaurateur

Nikki Fried, Ignite Florida

GrowHealthy/ McCrory's Sunny Hill Nursery

Polk County

Don Clifford, CEO, GrowHealthy

Dolores McCrory,

Frankie Shroyer, former DEA agent

Brian Brescia, Global Trust investment advisors

Lobbyist: Fred W. Baggett, Greenberg Traurig

Knox Medical/ Knox Nursery/ Cansortium

Orange County

Jose Hidalgo, CEO and founder, Knox Medical and Cansortium, background in banking, finance and real estate development

Henry Batievsky, CFO, co-founder, Knox Medical, longtime real estate developer

Bruce Knox, COO and president of Knox Nursery

Lobbyists: Jorge Chamizo, Charles Dudley, Cory Guzzo, Floridian Partners

Modern Health Concepts/ Costa Nursery Farms

Miami-Dade County

Richard Young, CEO, background in private equity, banking and finance, healthcare

Jose Costa, manager, longtime nursery owner and campaign fundraiser

Palliatech, manufacturer of medical marijuana vaporizers

Lobbyist: Brian Bautista, Impact GR; Paul Bradshaw, etal., The Southern Strategy Group

Surterra Therapeutics/Alpha Foliage

Miami-Dade/Hillsborough counties

Jake Bergmann, CEO former investment banker

Susan Driscoll, President, former Coca Cola marketing executive

Alexander Havenick, Magic City Casino

John DeMott, Alpha Foliage, supervisor South Dade Soil and Water Conservation District

Lobbyists: Ron Book.  Michael Corcoran, House speaker's brother. The Rubin Group.

Trulieve/ George Hackney Nursery

Gadsden County

Kim Rivers, CEO, Inkbridge, investments, acquisitions, and real estate development

Jason Pernell, COO, experienced medical marijuana business owner in California and Oregon

George Hackney, longtime Gadsden County nursery owner

Thad Beshears, Simpson Nurseries, brother of state Rep. Halsey Beshears

Lobbyist: Brian Ballard, etal., Ballard Partners;

Nick Iarossi, etal., Capital City Partners

Sean Pittman, Pittman Law Group