FL DOH: Office of Medical Marijuana Use Weekly Update [4-13-2018]

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to focus on the health and safety of Florida’s families and is dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We are pleased to provide this weekly update on the DOH Office of Medical Marijuana Use’s (OMMU) diligent work implementing the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in section 381.986, F.S. (2018).

This week we held a rule workshop to receive input from the public on many rules related to the regulation of medical marijuana treatment centers.

The Department of Health has appealed the April 11, 2018 order entered by Judge Karen Gievers regarding home grow. Her order has been stayed. Therefore, at this time, there has been no change to the prohibition on home grow.

The Department remains committed to ensuring that all medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis is dispensed according to the law.

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OMMU by the Numbers

Patients in the Registry: 98,045*
Patients added since last update: 2,585
Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 22 days
Qualified Physicians: 1,314 Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 17 days
Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13 Approved ID Card Applications: 71,456*
Card applications approved since last update: 2,441
Approved Retail Dispensing Locations:32

Applications in Processing: 2,579

Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed This Week (April 6-13): 20,208,065 mgs Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed This Week (April 6-13): 1,278,608 mgs
Total Inspections to date: 148
Total Inspections for 2018: 65
Total Employees Hired to date: 27

*Note, not all patients entered into the medical marijuana use registry apply for medical marijuana use identification cards.

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Implementation Updates

  • Low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana has been and continues to be available for qualified patients. Patients may search for qualified ordering physicians using the new search tool on the OMMU Patients Page. Patients and caregivers may fill their orders at any of the 32 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
  • Today we held a rule workshop to discuss many rules related to MMTCs. For more information click here.
  • The mailing address for Patient and Caregiver ID card applications has changed:  PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313
  • The OMMU Registry Identification Card design has been updated. Previous versions of the card are still valid, however, new cards issued are as shown below:
    ommu card frontommu card back

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Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Name

Dispensing Locations

Trulieve Tallahassee, Tampa, Clearwater, Pensacola, Miami, Edgewater, Lady Lake, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Vero Beach, delivery
Surterra Therapeutics Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, North Port, Deltona, Orlando, delivery
Curaleaf Miami, Kendall, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, delivery
Knox Medical Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, delivery
Liberty Health Science Summerfield, delivery
The Green Solution Dispensing via delivery
GrowHealthy Dispensing via delivery
3 Boys Farm Cultivation Authorization only
Vidacann Cultivation Authorization only
Plants of Ruskin, Inc. Cultivation Authorization only
Sunbulb Company, Inc. Cultivation Authorization only
Treadwell Nursery Cultivation Authorization only
Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms Cultivation Authorization only

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Legal Updates

The implementation of Amendment 2 and Senate Bill 8A continues to be frequently litigated. While some of these lawsuits have little impact on our progress, others – particularly those regarding the constitutionality of the law we are tasked with executing – have significant impact on DOH’s ability to implement certain requirements of Senate Bill 8A.

Home Grow

 

Redner v. DOH, et. al., 13th Judicial Circuit Case No. 17-CA-5677

Order granting Plaintiff ability to home grow marijuana entered April 11, 2018.  DOH has filed an appeal and the Order is currently stayed pending the ruling on appeal.  As a result there is no current change in the law.

Smoking Ban

 

People United for Medical Marijuana v. DOH, et. al., 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017-CA-1394

Bench trial set for May 16, 2018.

Constitutionality of Black Farmers Provision 381.986(8)(a)2 F.S.

 

Smith v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017–CA-001972

This case has been voluntarily dismissed by Smith. 

Constitutionality of Citrus Farmers Provision 381.986(8)(a)3 F.S.

 

Tropiflora, LLC v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2016-CA-1330

Trial set for June 25, 2018.

Application Process Bill’s Nursery, Inc. v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017-CA-002411

Pending hearing on Motion to Dismiss.

MMTC Licensure

 

Nature’s Way v. DOH Case No. 17-5801

Hearing concluded pending proposed recommended orders by parties and issuance of recommended order by the administrative law judge.

Constitutionality of Rules Florigrown LLC v. DOH Case No. 2017-CA-002549

Pending ruling on Motion to Dismiss.

Application Process Patients and Producers Alliance, Inc. v. DOH Case No. 2018-CA-000336

Case filed February 14, 2018 and has been assigned to Judge Dodson.

Constitutionally of Law Trulieve v. DOH Case No. 2018-CA-000698

Case filed April 2, 2018. 

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General Background Information

Medical Marijuana ID Card Application Process:
Once a patient has been diagnosed by a qualified ordering physician and entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, they can immediately begin the identification card application process. The department encourages applicants to complete the process online as this decreases processing time. Patients receive an email from OMMU once their email is added to the registry by their qualified ordering physician which directs them to the application. Once an application is reviewed and approved, patients receive an approval email which can be used to fill an order at an approved MMTC while they await their physical card.

Medical Marijuana Use Registry:
All orders for medical marijuana are recorded and dispensed via the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. The Medical Marijuana Use Registry is accessible online, with real time information to ordering physicians, law enforcement and medical marijuana treatment center staff. Patients and caregivers may also access the Medical Marijuana Use Registry to submit a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card application, and check the status of their application.

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers:
Approved medical marijuana treatment centers are the only businesses allowed to grow, process, or sell medical marijuana in Florida. Each medical marijuana treatment center must receive authorization at three stages, (1) cultivation authorization, (2) processing authorization, and (3) dispensing authorization, prior to dispensing low-THC cannabis or medical marijuana. Medical marijuana cannot be mailed.

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