Compassionate Care Act of 2014
What are the medical marijuana qualifying patient conditions?
Florida State patients suffering from ailments listed below are considered eligible for low-THC Cannabis:
Patients with cancer or a condition that causes chronic seizures or chronic muscle spasms may qualify to receive low-THC cannabis. Low-THC cannabis has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.
Florida State patients suffering from ailments listed below are considered eligible for Medical Cannabis:
If a patient is suffering from a terminal condition, as determined by two physicians, the patient may qualify for medical cannabis. This product can contain sufficient levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC to produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.
Is there an appointed department overseeing medical marijuana?
Yes! Click here to go to the Florida Department of Health website where you can access the Compassionate Care Office whom oversees all Medical Cannabis in Florida.
Who is allowed to dispense medical marijuana in Florida?
As of today, the status of Dispensaries allowed to operate are:
- Trulieve (Stage 3-Dispensing)
- Surterra Therapeutics (Stage 3-Dispensing)
- Modern Health Concepts (Stage 3-Dispensing)
CHT (Stage 1 Cultivation)
The Green Solution (Stage 1 Cultivation)
Knox Medical (Stage 1 Cultivation)
*As Florida approves more Dispensaries this list will be updated to reflect additons
Dispensaries have begun dispensing low-THC products and Medical Cannabis products. For patients with for cancer and epilepsy, products must be more than 10% CBD and less than .8% THC. More than .8% THC is allowed only for terminal illnesses, but this very limited provision currently lacks workable mechanisms for implementation.
Only oil and derivative products are sold – no smoking is allowed (though vaporizing is ok). Florida will be voting on a more expansive medical program in Nov. 2016.
Number of Dispensaries Allowed?
As of November 2016, there are currently 6 Dispensing Organizations in Florida. Each dispensing organization must receive authorization at 3 stages prior to dispensing medical cannabis or Low-THC products. The three stages are:
- Cultivation Authorization
- Processing Authorization
- Dispensing Authorization
Locations for Approved Dispensaries
One in each of the following regions: northwest Florida, northeast Florida, central Florida, southeast Florida, and southwest Florida.
Are testing labs allowed?
They will now be allowed, but details are currently severely lacking. Reforms may happen in the future.