What is medical marijuana?

Florida law defines medical marijuana as all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin, including low-THC cannabis, which are dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center for medical use by a qualified patient.

In Florida, medical marijuana is distinct from low-THC cannabis in that it can contain significant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical compound that causes the “high” commonly associated with cannabis. Unlike low-THC cannabis, the consumption of medical marijuana can lead to potent psychoactive effects in patients.

Who qualifies for medical marijuana?

A qualified physician may only order medical marijuana for a patient with a qualifying condition that is diagnosed by the patient's physician.

Qualifying conditions include:

 

The medical use of medical marijuana does NOT include the following:
The medical use of medical marijuana does NOT include the following as stated in Section 381.986(1)(j), F.S.:
  1. Possession, use, or administration of marijuana that was not purchased or acquired from a medical marijuana treatment center.
  2. Possession, use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking, in the form of commercially produced food items other than edibles, or of marijuana seeds or flower, except for flower in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping.
  3. Use or administration of any form or amount of marijuana in a manner that is inconsistent with the qualified physician’s directions or physician certification.
  4. Transfer of marijuana to a person other than the qualified patient for whom it was authorized or the qualified patient’s caregiver on behalf of the qualified patient.
  5. Use or administration of marijuana in the following locations:
    • a. On any form of public transportation, except for low-THC cannabis.
    • b. In any public place, except for low-THC cannabis.
    • c. In a qualified patient’s place of employment, except when permitted by his or her employer.
    • d. In a state correctional institution, as defined in s. 944.02, or a correctional institution, as defined in s. 944.241.
    • e. On the grounds of a preschool, primary school, or secondary school, except as provided in s. 1006.062.
    • f. In a school bus, a vehicle, an aircraft, or a motorboat, except for low-THC cannabis