Florida Medical Marijuana Update (Dept. of Health)

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The Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) top priority is the health and safety of Florida’s families. Through the DOH Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU), we are working diligently every day to implement the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in Senate Bill 8A and are dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We remain committed to moving this process forward, and will do so in an expedient and thoughtful manner. To keep the public informed of the latest updates, DOH will issue a weekly update on this issue.

 OMMU by the Numbers

Patients in the Registry: 65,310* Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 30 days
Qualified Physicians: 883 Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 20 days
Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13 Approved ID Card Applications: 43,178*
Approved Retail Dispensing Locations:25

Applications in Processing: 4,200

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 25 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
  • On January 3, 2018, the Florida Medical Association and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association issued an updated 2-credit course titled Florida Medical Marijuana Course for MMTC Medical Directors. This course addresses the current laws and rules that govern Medical Directors for Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs). Allopathic and Osteopathic physicians who choose to serve in this capacity are required to complete this course and pass the post-test during each licensure term.
  • DOH has created a new OMMU site for physicians. The site offers many resources for physicians who are authorized to order low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana in Florida. The site is located at www.flhealthsource.gov/ommu
  • On December 20, 2017, the department published Rule 64ER17-8, the Renewal Application Requirements for MMTCs. The rule was effective upon publication.

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Name

Dispensing Locations

Trulieve Tallahassee, Tampa, Clearwater, Pensacola, Miami, Edgewater, Lady Lake, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, delivery
Surterra Therapeutics Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, delivery
Curaleaf Miami, Kendall, delivery
Knox Medical Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, delivery
Aphria Dispensing via delivery
The Green Solution Dispensing via delivery
GrowHealthy Dispensing via delivery
3 Boys Farm Cultivation Authorization only
Loop’s Nursery & Greenhouses, Inc. 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 N/A

 

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

 Hearing took place December 20, 2017 and we await ruling. 

Smoking Ban

 

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

Hearing has been set for January 25, 2018.

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

 

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

Hearing took place on December 28, 2017. Judge Dodson granted the injunction.  

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

 

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

      Awaiting injunction hearing to be scheduled

Application Process Bill’s Nursery, Inc. v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017-CA-002411
MMTC Licensure Nature’s Way v. DOH Case No. 17-5801
Constitutionality of Rules Florigrown LLC v. DOH Case No. 2017-CA-002549

 

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.

For more information visit www.flhealth.gov/ommu

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