Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: What is the application process to open a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center?
ANSWER: The Florida Department of Health (the Department) has recently released rules for the new application process; however, they are not yet accepting applications for MMTCs at this time. The rules also establish a new scoring system for applicants. The Department will refer any business or individual suspected of violating state law to local law enforcement for investigation. It is important to remember cannabis is illegal under federal law.
QUESTION: Can I order medical cannabis for my patients?
ANSWER: In order to qualify to order medical cannabis for patients, a physician must have an active, unrestricted license as a physician under Chapter 458, F.S., or osteopathic physician under Chapter 459, F.S. Physicians who meet the above requirements may gain access to the Compassionate Use Registry after completing the required 8-hour course (new law requires a 2-hour course which is not yet developed) and examination provided by the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Successful completion of the course is required each time a physician renews his or her license. (Once the new 2-hour course is developed, physicians who have completed the old 8-hour course must take the new course within 90 days of its release.)
QUESTION: Can I order for the conditions listed in Amendment 2?
ANSWER: A qualified ordering physician is responsible to follow Florida constitution and statute, diagnose patients and determine medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment for certain conditions. The Florida Department of Health is committed to quickly moving through the rulemaking process to create a regulatory structure for Amendment 2. For information about the rule making process, please click here. In partnership with law enforcement, enforcement actions initiated by the Department against patients, doctors and businesses will be focused on those operating outside the regulatory structure in Florida law. It is important to remember cannabis is illegal under federal law.
QUESTION: Who is presently approved as a MMTC to provide medical cannabis for qualifying patients?
There are presently twelve dispensing organizations approved cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis. Five more will be chosen soon and four more each time the patient registry reaches 100,000 patients.
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It is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow the law, diagnose patients and determine if medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment. The dispensing organization must confirm an order in the Compassionate Use Registry and confirm the patient’s identity. The dispensing organization does not have access to information regarding diagnosis.
QUESTION: Should I be aware of restrictions on me if I obtain medical cannabis ordered by a qualified physician and dispensed by a licensed dispensing organization?It is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow the law, diagnose patients and determine if medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment. The dispensing organization must confirm an order in the Compassionate Use Registry and confirm the patient’s identity. The dispensing organization does not have access to information regarding diagnosis.
ANSWER: Yes, the medical use of cannabis does NOT include the following:
- The transfer to a person other than the qualified patient for whom it was ordered or their legal representative.
- The use or administration on any form of public transportation, in any public place, in a qualified patient’s place of employment, if restricted by his or her employer, in a state correctional institution, on the grounds of a preschool, primary school, or secondary school or any school bus or vehicle.
QUESTION: Can I grow my own cannabis?
ANSWER: No. Florida law only allows the licensed dispensing organizations to grow, process and dispense cannabis. The Department will refer any business or individual suspected of violating state law to local law enforcement for investigation. It is important to remember cannabis is illegal under federal law.