Medical Marijuana In Florida: A Roundup Of What Cannabis Advocates Need To Know

Although cannabis remains illegal at the federal level and is still classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), some states have approved the medical use of cannabis. This is the case in the Sunshine State (FL).

In 2017, Florida enacted the "Medical Use of Marijuana Act" which specifically governs the state's public health system, implementing rules to make medical marijuana available to qualified state citizens.
As of 2022, "nearly 3% of Florida's population is registered on the state's medical marijuana registry," reported Reuters.

History Of Marijuana Legislation In Florida

In 2014, was enacted the Compassionate Act provided patients access to medicinal marijuana (also known as 'Charlotte's Web Act' or 'Act'). The act stated that "terminally ill cancer patients or epilepsy patients would be allowed to consume low-THC cannabis without penalty."

However, the bill established “a first-degree misdemeanor penalty for physicians who order low-THC cannabis for patients without a reasonable belief that the patient suffers from the required conditions or symptoms and for any person who fraudulently represents that he or she has such symptoms.”

The Florida Department of Health established the Office of Compassionate Use and the Compassionate Use Registry for the purpose of administering the program, as well as serving as an online database for …

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