Gulf Coast Canna Meds was featured on the front page of the Tampa Bay Times Sunday Business section on May 14th. Tom Murphy, CEO, and Michael Welch discussed the foundation of the company, the medical marijuana industry in Florida, and challenges with the legislature.
While Florida voters have overwhelmingly voted to make medical marijuana legal, it’s been up to the Legislature to translate how it will work. To many, it may seem like a basic humanitarian issue for patients who want simple and affordable access to medical marijuana — but it’s not. There’s a lot at stake.
“We’re the guys on the outside looking in,” said Murphy, a former beer distributor who retired to St. Pete Beach. “We learned that the small business man didn’t stand much of a chance in Tallahassee with the bills that were being discussed. We’re small business people. We’re not these deep-pocketed cartels. We’re the free enterprise people. The mom and pops.”
Florida For Care executive director Ben Pollara and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Steinocher were also interviewed for the story.