“It has nothing to do with the climate or the attractions,” said Chris Walsh, editorial director of Marijuana Business Daily, a trade publication that sponsors the twice-annual Marijuana Business Conference. “There’s a lot of excitement about the Florida market.”

Medical cannabis in the nation’s third-largest state could open up one of the biggest markets in the world, a potential cash cow for companies looking for innovative ways to produce the drug and a massive patient base for researchers.

Florida also could be lucrative for ancillary companies, who came for the three-day event at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center hoping to sell everything from growing supplies to childproof packaging, even insurance policies to the niche market.

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