Definitions Created Under Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014

"Dispensing organization" - means an organization approved by the department to cultivate, process, and dispense low-THC cannabis pursuant to this section.

"Low-THC cannabis" - means a plant of the genus Cannabis, the dried flowers of which contain 0.8 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and more than 10 percent of cannabidiol (CBD) weight for weigh; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; or any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant or its seeds or resin that is dispensed only from a dispensing organization.

"Medical use" - means administration of the ordered amount of low-THC cannabis. The term does not include the possession, use, or administration by smoking. The term also does not include the transfer of low-THC cannabis to a person other than the qualified patient for whom it was ordered or the qualified patient's legal representative on behalf of the qualified patient.

"Qualified patient" - means a resident of this state who has been added to the compassionate use registry by a physician licensed under chapter 458 (M.D.) or chapter 459 (D.O.) to receive low-THC cannabis from a dispensing organization.

"Smoking" - means burning or igniting a substance and inhaling the smoke. Smoking does not include the use of a vaporizer.

Please use these legal definitions as you learn more about the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. These definitions are from the 'Compassionate Use of Low-THC Cannabis' section of the 'Public Health: General Provisions' chapter of the Laws of Florida.

The "Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014" went into law in June 2014. In the months following the law being approved by Governor Scott:

  • The Florida Department of Health is drafting rules to implement and regulate the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. Track the developments of newly-introduced legislation straight from Tallahassee affecting the CMCA of 2014 on Florida CAN's Let Florida Decide website, maintained by the FLCAN Legislative Committee.
  • Doctors are receiving education in cannabinoid-based medicine in preparation to add their patient to the patient registry.
  • Patients are working with their physician to be added to the registry so they can begin their treatment using low-THC cannabis.

Please review the following information designed for each group with an invested interest in low-THC cannabis:

For Patients

Before FLCAN Legislative Committee arrived in Tallahassee in 2014, only 3 Floridians had legal access to cannabis, including FLCAN president Cathy Jordan and advisor Irv Rosenfeld, now over 350,000 patients are eligible for treatment.

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For Medical Professionals

Medical professionals interested in the practice of cannabis-based medicines will have to undergo the appropriate education, otherwise face criminal penalties.

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For Local Government

Notice to Local and County Officials: Florida CAN has been a resource in your community since 1998 and available to assist you through our collaboration with the League of Cities and Chamber of Commerce.

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