Florida Legal Information

In 2014, the Florida legislature passed SB 1030, which creates a registry ID card system for patients with cancer, seizure disorders, or severe and persistent muscle spasms that would allow them to possess and use only cannabis products rich in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC. SB 1030 allows the state to license dispensing organizations to grow cannabis plants to produce medicine with at least 10% CBD and no more than 0.8% THC. As of August 2016, there were 6 dispensing organizations in the state.

In November 2016, voters approved Amendment 2, which will create a comprehensive medical cannabis program with significantly expanded qualifying conditions. The state is required to begin issue regulations and registering patients under Amendment 2 later in 2017. 


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Florida Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations

In 2014, the Florida legislature passed SB 1030, which creates a registry ID card system for patients with cancer, seizure disorders, or severe and persistent muscle spasms that would allow them to possess and use only cannabis products rich in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC. SB 1030 allows the state to license up to five businesses to grow cannabis plants to produce medicine with at least 10% CBD and no more than 0.8% THC.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.

Becoming a patient in Florida

Under SB 1030, a "qualified patient” is defined as "a resident of this state who has been added to the compassionate use registry by a physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 to receive low-THC cannabis from a dispensing organization."

Recommending Cannabis in Florida

In order to recommend low-THC medical cannabis, physicians in Florida must take a training course and enroll with the state Department of Health. To remain eligible to recommend low-THC medical cannabis, the training course must be retaken every time a physician in Florida renews their license.

Florida Caregiver, Producer and Provider Info

SB 1030 is silent on the issue of caregivers, and therefore there are no legal caregiver protections available. SB 1030 sets up a vertically integrated production and distribution system for cultivating and dispensing low-THC medical cannabis in Florida.