DOH Issues Office of Medical Marijuana Use WEEKLY UPDATE


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: 69,579* Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 30 days
Qualified Physicians: 989 Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 20 days
Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13 Approved ID Card Applications: 46,411*
Approved Retail Dispensing Locations:26

Applications in Processing: 3,500

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 Monday, January 8, the call center officially transitioned to the third party vendor. With that transition, the phone number changed to a toll-free number 800-808-9580. The call center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding state holidays.
  • DOH issued a press release on January 19, 2018 reminding Floridians to avoid medical marijuana scams. The release can be viewed here.

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers


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, North Port, delivery
Curaleaf Miami, Kendall, Lake Worth, 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

Hearing regarding motion to consolidate with Smith v. DOH scheduled for February 2, 2018.

MMTC Licensure Nature’s Way v. DOH Case No. 17-5801

Hearing scheduled for January 29, 2018

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.

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