Florida officials have suffered a setback in their bid to enforce tighter restrictions on the state\u2019s burgeoning medical marijuana industry in a landmark court case.\r\n\r\nThe First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that Florida\u2019s decision to cap the number of licenses is unconstitutional. It came after a Tampa-based company called Florigrown sued the state following its failure to gain a license.\r\n\r\nThe court ruled in its favour and the decision should pave the way for Florida to reach its full potential as one of the largest medical cannabis markets in the U.S. It upheld a 2018 ruling and it represents a shot in the arm for other firms bidding to enter this potentially lucrative industry in Florida.\r\n\r\nThe state could still appeal the decision and take the fight to a higher court, but the case was filed during the Rick Scott administration and the new governor, Ron DeSantis, has been reluctant to uphold Scott\u2019s medical marijuana policies.\r\n\r\nFlorigrown chief executive Adam Elend\u00a0called it \u201ca game changer\u201d. \u201cIt drops a bomb on the current licensing scheme,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s just changing the whole regime.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe claims that Floridians are unable to access the medicine they need as dispensaries are frequently out of stock, products are limited and the prices are too high, branding the current situation \u201can oligopoly\u201d.\r\n\r\nSen. Jeff Brandes has previously called vertical integration a \u201ccartel\u201d that needed to be broken up. He claims it is ripe for abuse and he was also pleased by the court\u2019s decision.\r\n\r\nIn 2016, 71% of Floridians voted for medical marijuana to be legalized and there are now 240,000 people registered with the state to legally use medicinal marijuana. The industry in the Sunshine State could be huge, as it has an above-average number of retirees and there is a clear clinical need for medical cannabis to alleviate their various medical conditions.\r\n\r\nJust 142 dispensaries owned by fewer than 10 operators serve them through vertically integrated models, and various forces within the state want to see a far more open and competitive market.\r\n\r\nFlorida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried hailed the ruling as \u201ca victory for openness and the future of medical marijuana in Florida\u201d.