As of March 18, 2019, Florida Medical Marijuana Patients with the approval of their physician, may now legally purchase marijuana in smokable form. This is due to Governor DeSantis signing Senate Bill 182 into law.
First, the law states that the physician must inform you of the dangers of smoking with the patient signing a form that details these risks.
Next, the physician must send in documentation to the board explaining why they are allowing the smokable route; this is only waived if the patient has a terminal condition.
Finally, there are restrictions on how much marijuana a patient may purchase in smokable form and how much marijuana patients may possess at one time. These amounts differ. The limits are as stated below;
- Patients may purchase up to 2.5 ounces per 35-day supply.
- Only 6 certifications of the 35-day supply are permitted.
- The total possession limit for a patient, or caregiver, is 4 ounces.
It is important to speak to your physician about smokable marijuana at the time of your appointments as this is not generally recommended without all the above completed. If you are already a patient and are not permitted to purchase smokable but wish to, the patient must meet with their physician and complete the above process, and be made aware of the restrictions listed below.
- Medical Marijuana in the smoking form must remain in its original plain, white packaging with the patient’s labels attached by the Medical Marijuana Treatment Center.
- Medical Marijuana is restricted from public consumption or in any indoor workplace.
- A private party may restrict or limit smoking or vaping medical marijuana on a patient’s own property.
For patients under the age of 18 with a terminal illness to be certified for smokable marijuana by their physician, a second physician (i.e. board-certified pediatrician) must agree with the determination.