FL HEALTH: OFFICE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE WEEKLY UPDATE [7-13-2018]
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).
|Qualified Patients: (Active ID Card): 101,590
Total Patients: 135,701
Processing Time for Complete Application*:5 business days
Processing Time for ID Card Printing: 5 business days
*Applications are not deemed to be complete until payment has successfully cleared – up to 5 business days.
|Check your application status: https://mmuregistry.flhealth.gov/
OMMU Call Center: 1-(800) 808-9580
|Qualified Ordering Physicians: 1,553
|Verify your qualified ordering physician: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/
§ 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 43 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
§ The OMMU website has been updated to include a new notice of rule development related to medical marijuana treatment centers applications. You can access the notices here.
§ The mailing address for Patient and Caregiver ID card applications has changed:
Office of Medical Marijuana Use
PO Box 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313
Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers Updates:
Approved medical marijuana treatment centers are the only businesses allowed to grow, process, or sell medical marijuana in Florida.
|Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed (July 6 – July 13):||29,470,708 mgs|
|Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed (July 6 – July 13):||1,569,109 mgs|
|Approved Dispensing Locations:||43|
|MMTC Name||Dispensing Locations|
|Trulieve||Tallahassee, Tampa, Clearwater, Pensacola, Miami, Edgewater, Lady Lake, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Vero Beach, New Port Richey, delivery|
|Surterra Therapeutics||Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, North Port, Deltona, Orlando, Largo, Miami Beach, delivery|
|Curaleaf||Miami, Kendall, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Palm Bay, Palm Harbor, delivery|
|Knox Medical||Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, Fort Walton Beach, delivery|
|Liberty Health Science||Summerfield, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, delivery|
|Vidacann||Holly Hill, delivery|
|Altmed Florida||Apollo Beach, delivery|
|The Green Solution||Dispensing via delivery|
|GrowHealthy||Dispensing via delivery|
|Columbia Care Florida||Dispensing via delivery|
|3 Boys Farm||Cultivation Authorization only|
|Treadwell Nursery||Cultivation Authorization only|
|Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms||Cultivation Authorization only|
The implementation of Amendment 2 and section 381.986, F.S. (2018) 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 section 381.986, F.S. (2018).
|Redner v. DOH, et. al., 13th Judicial Circuit Case No. 17-CA-5677
Court of Appeal reinstated the stay and noted that Redner was unlikely to succeed on the merits of the case. Redner appealed to the Florida Supreme court by filing a Petition to Invoke “All Writs” Jurisdiction. Florida Supreme Court issued an Order denying the petition to invoke all writs jurisdiction on May 25.
|People United for Medical Marijuana v. DOH, et. al., 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017-CA-1394
Court of Appeal reinstated the stay and noted that Plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on the merits of the case. The lower court’s order is not currently in effect.
|Application Process||Bill’s Nursery, Inc. v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017-CA-002411
Order denying the Motion to Dismiss issued on May 24.
|Nature’s Way v. DOH Case No. 17-5801
Recommended and Final orders entered by administrative law judge.
|Constitutionality of Rules||Florigrown LLC v. DOH Case No. 2017-CA-002549
Hearing on Plaintiff’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order set for July 19.
|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.
|Constitutionality of Law||Trulieve v. DOH Case No. 2018-CA-000698
Case set for trial August 27, 2018
|Administrative Challenge to Application Rule||Del Favero v. DOH, DOAH 18-2838
Administrative challenge to citrus preference in application rule. Awaiting final order from the administrative law judge.
|Pigford License Preference||Tingle v. DOH, 1st Judicial Circuit Case No. 18-CA-2092F.
Native American Farmer seeks qualification for Pigford license.
|Administrative challenge to Supplemental Licensure Fee Rule||DFMMJ d/b/a Liberty Health v. DOH, DOAH (no case number assigned).
DOH withdrew the proposed rule, and the case was voluntarily dismissed by the petitioner.
|Administrative Challenge to Variance Rule||DFMMJ d/b/a Liberty Health v. DOH, DOAH (no case number assigned).
MMTC challenges the inclusion of employment changes in the variance form.
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.