Medical Marijuana Laws in Florida
In 2014, the Florida legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act authorizing the use of low-THC cannabis by qualified patients, otherwise known as a Charlotte’s Web law. In November 2016, Florida’s ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana (commonly known as Amendment 2) passed by an overwhelming margin of 71%. The creation of a robust medical marijuana program is now embedded in Florida’s Constitution. On June 23, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 8-A, which implements Amendment 2.
Florida’s medical marijuana law allows patients diagnosed with a host of “debilitating conditions” access to various forms of medical marijuana. Vertically integrated Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (“MMTCs”) licensed by the Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana Use (“OMMU”) are the only entities permitted to cultivate, process, and dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients within the State.
The OMMU is charged with implementing and overseeing the State’s medical marijuana program. The OMMU is in the process of promulgating rules and regulations governing Florida’s newly established medical marijuana program.
What this Means for Cannabis Businesses and Consumers
With the laws and regulations governing the use of cannabis still in the early stages of development, patients and physicians along with businesses seeking to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana, need the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer. Greenspoon Marder has been working with individuals and businesses throughout the cannabis industry for more than 15 years. We follow the development of cannabis laws at the federal, state and local levels and carefully monitor trends and developments that may impact our clients’ operations and activities.