Local entrepreneurs seek entry points into Florida’s growing cannabis industry

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    For nearly all of the entrepreneurs Pete Sessa meets, the stories start out the same.

    It’s begins with a family member, a child or a friend. Sometimes it’s a neighbor or a teacher. But they all know someone who suffered through a debilitating disease. Then they see first hand how cannabis could have helped. That’s what draws them into Florida’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

    As chief operating officer of the Florida Cannabis Coalition based in Tampa, Sessa aims to connect entrepreneurs with advocates and other business owners in the medical marijuana industry in Florida. The group hosts business networking and educational events across the state and attend regional and national conferences regularly. Businesses can join the coalition’s 600-member directory or sign up for consulting, business development and co-working services through its sister company, Common Bond Collaborative.