Florida’s Medical Marijuana Laws

History of Medical Marijuana in Florida

In 2014, Florida marked a historic milestone with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act by its Legislature, establishing the state’s inaugural legal medical cannabis program. Initially limited to low-THC cannabis (specifically, the Charlotte’s Web strain), this groundbreaking legislation permitted dispensation and purchase for patients battling cancer and epilepsy. Two years later, in 2016, the Right To Try act was enacted, enabling the distribution of full-potency cannabis to individuals diagnosed with terminal conditions. Simultaneously, 2016 witnessed the introduction and subsequent passage, through citizen referendum with an overwhelming 71.3% majority on November 8, of the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. This initiative, amending the state constitution, mandated a comprehensive expansion of Florida’s medical cannabis program. The legislative wheels were set in motion on June 9, 2017, when both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate passed individual bills to implement the enlarged program. These legislative changes replaced significant sections of the existing Compassionate Use Act, officially transforming it into law on June 23, 2017. From 2017 onward, Florida’s medical marijuana landscape has witnessed a series of transformative shifts. A pivotal moment occurred in 2022 when the Florida Department of Health implemented an emergency rule, paving the way for the issuance of up to 22 additional medical marijuana licenses. This move had the potential to substantially amplify the dimensions of the state’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry. Simultaneously, the state introduced a significant financial adjustment, intensifying the financial burden on marijuana operators seeking license renewal every two years. The renewal cost surged dramatically from around $60,000 to well over $1 million. As of 2023, Florida boasts a roster of 22 licensed operators actively participating in the evolving medical marijuana sector. Notably, the state achieved a remarkable milestone by exceeding $1 billion in medical marijuana sales within the initial six months of 2022. These developments underscore the dynamic nature and economic significance of Florida’s continually evolving medical marijuana program.

Medical Marijuana Laws in Florida

Navigating the intricate web of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Laws demands a nuanced understanding to avoid legal entanglements. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the regulations:

  • Possession of marijuana flower or buds in Florida is limited to tamper-proof containers from dispensaries. Even with a valid medical marijuana card, recreational use remains strictly prohibited.
  • Sharing medical marijuana is against the law, regardless of the shared individual’s status on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
  • Workplace medicating is subject to employer permission, and unauthorized usage at the place of employment is strictly prohibited.
  • Operating any vehicle, boat, aircraft, etc., under the influence of high-THC medicine is illegal. On the contrary, low-THC (CBD only) medicine is permissible in such situations with caution.
  • Possessing high-THC medication in public is legal, but its use in public spaces or on public transportation is strictly forbidden. However, low-THC (CBD only) medicine use is permissible in public, with caution in federally regulated places.
  • Crossing state lines with medical marijuana is forbidden, even if the destination allows medical marijuana usage. The legal landscape around this issue is evolving, necessitating caution when transporting medicine out of Florida.
  • Law enforcement may request your Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification card, emphasizing the importance of carrying it at all times.
  • Patients must meet qualification standards, including a mandatory in-person physical exam for initial certification, followed by a telemedicine or in person visit every 210 days or 7 months, renewal card application annually, and adherence to physician recommendations. Failure to meet these requirements may necessitate restarting the application process.

Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

If you or a loved one is grappling with qualifying medical conditions and seeking a potential avenue for relief, we urge you to take the first step towards a holistic approach to well-being. Reach out to MMTCFL today to explore the possibility of obtaining a Florida medical marijuana card. Our compassionate team is dedicated to assisting individuals navigate the process, ensuring access to a tailored and comprehensive healthcare solution. Embrace the opportunity to enhance your quality of life and discover the potential benefits of medical marijuana in Florida. Contact MMTCFL now to see if you qualify and embark on a journey towards improved health and well-being. Your path to a more comfortable and fulfilling life starts with a simple survey.