Face-to-face visit with a specialty trained physician.
Physician-approved use of medical marijuana.
Department of Health requirement to purchase and use medical marijuana.
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Given that Florida’s medical marijuana industry is in its infancy, there are still some areas that are not well understood. We are here to help provide some clarity to the state of the industry, laws, regulations, eligibility, caretakers and more.
The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act was signed into law on June 16, 2014 (Chapter 381.986, Florida Statutes) allowing physicians licensed under Chapter 458 and 459 of the Florida Statutes to recommend the use of non-smoked low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis to qualified patients. The Florida Department of Health required patients to meet specific requirements in order to qualify for the use of low-THC cannabis. This law allowed limited medical marijuana use in the state of Florida; it did not fully legalize it.
Amendment 2 went on the November 2016 ballot and was approved by an overwhelming 70% of the Florida voters. The passing of Amendment 2 legalized medical marijuana use in the State of Florida. The new law became effective January 3, 2017 and vastly expanded the list of chronic conditions approved for medical marijuana use in the state of Florida. Amendment 2 requires the Florida Department of Health to set regulations for the issuance of identification cards, qualifications and standards of care givers, and rules for the registration of medical marijuana treatment centers within six months of the effective date.