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Florida Medical Marijuana Law

Status

 

Operational

Law Signed:

2016

QUALIFYING CONDITIONS

  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain*
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • PTSD
  • Seizures
  • Terminal illness (patients diagnosed with no more than 12-months to live)
  • Other debilitating medical conditions comparable to those enumerated

    *Defined as "pain that is either caused by or originates from a qualifying medical condition"

PATIENT POSSESSION LIMITS

Patients who possess a physician's recommendation may legally obtain medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries. A qualified physician may not issue a physician certification for more than three 70-day supply limits of marijuana. The Department of Health shall quantify by rule a daily dose amount with equivalent dose amounts for each allowable form of marijuana dispensed by a medical marijuana treatment center. Although a 2017 law enacted by the legislature stipulated that qualified patients are not permitted to possess use, or administer "marijuana in a form for smoking,” a lower court later struck down this prohibition as unconstitutional — opining that the use of “smokable marijuana in private places” is permissible, and ordering the Health Department to put into action a process that will make smokable marijuana available to patients at dispensaries throughout the state. The state is appealing this ruling.  

HOME CULTIVATION

No

STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES

Yes

STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES OPERATIONAL

Yes

CAREGIVERS

Yes. A "caregiver" means a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana and has qualified for and obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Department of Health. The Department may limit the number of qualifying patients a caregiver may assist at one time and the number of caregivers that a qualifying patient may have at one time.

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PATIENTS

RECIPROCITY

No

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Health regulators must finalize rules by July 3, 2018. The law must be implemented by October 3, 2018.
Read the full text of SB-8, the Amendment 2 implementation bill »