Updated on March 11, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Florida Department Of Health: Office Of Medical Marijuana Use Low-THC Cannabis & Medical Marijuana
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin M-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Website: Department Of Health – Office Of Medical Marijuana Use
Website: Florida Department Of Health: Office Of Medical Marijuana Use Low-THC Cannabis & Medical Marijuana
OMMU Mailing Address – Patient and Caregiver ID Card Applications:
PO Box 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313
OMMU Mailing Address – Non-ID Card Applications:
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin M-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Patients have to be re-certified every 30 weeks in order to receive a new medical marijuana recommendation. To maintain a valid Medical Marijuana Registry Identification Card, Patients & Caregivers must renew their Identification Card annually. Forty-Five (45) days prior to the card expiration date a renewal application, application fee and required documentation must be submitted.
As legislation changes in Florida, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in Florida.
March 7th 2019 – SB 182 repeals the smoking ban the 2017 amendment to the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, that did not permit the possession, use or administration of medical cannabis by means of smoking. Medical Marijuana in a smokeable form has now been approved. Additionally, patients are strictly prohibited from transferring medical cannabis to any other person, other than to the qualified patient, for whom it was dispensed.
Introduced on January 12, 2016, Senate Bill 852 — “Repealing provisions relating to the compassionate use of low-THC cannabis; creating the “Florida Medical Marijuana Act”; authorizing a registered patient or a designated caregiver to purchase, acquire, and possess up to the allowed amount of medical marijuana for a patient’s medical use” — died in Regulated Industries Committee, on March 11, 2016.
House Bill 1183, was filed on January 07, 2016 — “Allows registered patients & designated caregivers to purchase, acquire, & possess medical-grade marijuana subject to specified requirements… specifies act does not require or restrict health insurance coverage for purchase of medical-grade marijuana” — but, died in Judiciary Committee, March 11, 2016.
Although both, Senate Bill 852 and House Bill 1183, both died in their efforts to bring compassionate care to the patients of Florida, all hopes at legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, are not dead just yet.
On November 08, 2016, the people of Florida will vote on Ballot Initiative Amendment 2, when they head to the polls — “Amendment 2” allows for the medical use of marijuana by individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers.
The amendment, sponsored by the People United for Medical Marijuana — required to collect at least 683,149 signatures, to put the proposed amendment on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot — managed to collect 716,270 signatures, a week before its deadline, ensuring it’s place on the ballot.
The Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, attempted to keep the initiative from the November ballot, claiming the wording to be misleading, however, the Florida Supreme Court ultimately ruled 4-3, in favor of allowing state voters to decide the issue for themselves, in the upcoming elections.
Considering the considerable amount of support, for medical marijuana in Florida, many experts believe that Ballot Initiative 2 will pass, thereby allowing patients diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, to obtain a cannabis certification from a licensed Florida medical marijuana doctor, that will ultimately, allow the patient to legally acquire and consume, marijuana medically.
Additionally, the Initiative will also allow the Department of Health to architect and implement the infrastructure necessary, to manage the State’s medical marijuana program — this includes the registration and regulation of medical marijuana centers that cultivate, and distribute cannabis; and is responsible for the patient’s state registration, and issuing of medical marijuana identification cards.
* UPDATE: On November 08, 2016, voters in Florida said “yes” to medical marijuana, approving the state’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2. The Initiative passed with overwhelming support, winning more than 71.1% of votes.
The government initially issues 11 cultivation licenses across the state that allow growers and producers to operate in the state. One of these licenses is now held by Liberty Health Sciences, a US-based investor and operator backed by Aphria Inc, one of the companies responsible for the expansion of the medical marijuana industry in Canada.
This company is looking to open new dispensary networks in The Villages in north-central Florida, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Jacksonville this year. There is talk of locations opening in Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Pensacola in 2018.
MarijuanaDoctors.com will keep patients up-to-date on the program’s progress, as it continues to develop.
Doctors must first make a physical examination and conduct a full examination of the patient’s medical history in order to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. As of June 2017, doctors are not allowed to use telemedicine to prescribe medical marijuana.
The State of Florida has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Florida Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Florida state guidelines.
Since the Florida medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Florida medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Florida medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Florida medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Florida’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Florida.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the Department of Health Services and/or Department of Justice. For a comprehensive list of Florida’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.