Florida Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Medical Marijuana for Special Session

Jun 09, 2017 , , ,


The Florida Legislature reached an agreement to regulate medical marijuana in Florida resulting in Senator Rob Bradley filing SB-8A. Without this special session bill, the Florida Department of Health would have likely issued unduly restrictive regulations.

The bill calls for 10 new growers to be licensed this year. Five new licenses would go to previous applicants, and the other five would go to new applicants. Additionally, the bill requires four licenses to be issued for every 100,000 patients added to the state’s medical marijuana registry.

Also, the number of dispensaries each grower can open will be capped at 25 – resolving the dispute that prohibited lawmakers from passing a regulation bill during regular session.

While this implementation bill is a huge step in the right direction, there is still work to be done in Florida in the coming months and years. Specifically, the bill does not fully allow patients to decide how to take medical marijuana and advocates in the Sunshine state have expressed a willingness to challenge this issue in court.

The amendment requires laws be in place by July and enacted by October, and because of this special session, it seems that the legislature will meet that target date.


9 responses to “Florida Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Medical Marijuana for Special Session”

  1. This is a start, but I want to see something allowing patients and caregivers to grow thier own medication. There is no way that normal people will be able to afford it any other way. Insurance does not pay for it in any way.

    • You are so right on target Michael Kooi. I’ve been bombarding both my state rep & senator for months regarding approved users growing a few plants even if they had to buy feminized condition specific seeds at the retail outlets. Also huge issue in Opioid Abuse in states with fairly loose medical and/or legal marijuana……abuse is down in some states by 50%!! And no one dies from Marijuana overdoses.

  2. This is a start, but I want to see something allowing patients and caregivers to grow thier own medication. There is no way that normal people will be able to afford it any other way. Insurance does not pay for it in any way.
    I hope this will be taken into concideration.

  3. The current law says if you have a doctor they have to evaluate you for 90 days before they can administer medication. If you want to switch doctors you have to wait through another 90 days of evaluation before they can administer. This is ridiculous and needs to be changed.

  4. It will be years and years and years before Florida lawmakers decide the fate on MJ. Not until more states grow up and legalize, will they move. Meanwhile, let CO, AK, WA, NV continue to improve their balance sheets. OXY will be and still is the legal drug of choice in FL.

  5. I’m an eligible disabled veteran with Crohn’s disease. I’ve lived around legal marijuana for a decade. No way I can afford to buy from dispensaries. Heck, I can’t even afford to maintain the card let alone the medicine!

  6. Jus to legalize it for adults 22 and over already! I’miss frustrated with the amounew of pussy-footing our politicians, corporations, law inforcenforcement, and medical care / insurance companies are doing. Sign to stop the prohabition of Marijuana. It’s that simple.

    • Edited from my autocorrect’s abomination: Just legalize it for adults 21 and over already! I’m frustrated with the amount of pussy-footing our politicians, corporations, law inforcenforcement, and medical care / insurance companies are doing. Sign to stop the prohabition of Marijuana. It’s that simple. We should be free to medicate ourselves as we see fit, like free human beings.

  7. We the people voted for legalization. Either listen to the people or face being replaced come Election Day

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