Florida Amendment 2 & Medical Cannabis Legislation
In 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, allowing licensed doctors to order low-THC cannabis products for qualified patients diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures, or muscle spasms. The Compassionate Use Registry, an online database of licensed doctors and registered patients, was established by the Florida Department of Health.
In March, 2016, the Florida Legislature passed State Bill 307, expanding access to full-strength medical cannabis for people suffering from a terminal illness who were determined by two doctors to have less than a year to live.
In November of 2016, Florida voters passed Amendment 2, legalizing the use of full-strength medicinal cannabis. Florida Amendment 2 requires the Florida Department of Health to establish rules for the production, ordering, and sales of medical marijuana by July 3, 2017, and to implement those rules by October, 2017. This includes issuing medical marijuana ID cards to qualified patients, and registering physicians who are licensed to prescribe medical marijuana.
The Florida Department of Health must also set standards for growers and producers of medical marijuana products. Only six organizations are licensed to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Florida. Medical marijuana is only available as extracted oil and tinctures; smoking, vaping, and edibles are not allowed.
Become a Patient
To obtain medical marijuana, you must:
- Be a Florida resident
- Be diagnosed with a qualifying condition by a licensed doctor
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As soon as your doctor enters your information into the Compassionate Use Registry, you will receive an email from the Florida Department of Health with instructions for the medical marijuana ID card application. For minors, the doctor must also enter information about their legal representative.
The doctor will place your order, and you can have it home delivered or pick it up from a medical marijuana dispensary. You will need your medical marijuana card and photo ID to receive your order.
Conditions that qualify for treatment with medical marijuana include:
These other debilitating conditions of like, kind, or class could also qualify for a medical cannabis recommendation:
- Back Pain
- Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
- Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Severe & Chronic Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Any Terminal Condition