Welcome to GreenWay Florida! We are an online resource and physicians’ network that helps patients obtain their medical marijuana cards in Florida. We also have a full range of online resources to help you navigate the application process and learn more as you begin your treatment with medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana History in Florida
The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (Chapter 381.986, Florida Statute) was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 16, 2014. This law is unrelated to Florida Amendment 2 on the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, which appeared on the November 4, 2014, ballot as a citizen-initiated state constitutional amendment.
The current law is limited on coverage, services, and facilities compared with the other 23 States and D.C. which implement medical marijuana programs. The current law allows the use of low-THC cannabis when ordered by a licensed and authorized physician for patients suffering from cancer or a physical medical condition that produces symptoms of seizures and persistent muscle spasms. The law does not have provisions for designated caregivers who can assist the patients. Qualifying patients are not allowed to grow/cultivate their own cannabis.
There is now pending Senate Bill 528 which, as of March 3, 2015, had passed the various committees to which it was referred. The bill, which is due for Second Reading, is entitled “The Florida Medical Marijuana Act,” and is more comprehensive in coverage than the current statute. The proposed bill allows registered patients and designated caregivers to purchase, acquire, and possess medical grade marijuana, subject to specific requirements. It also broadens the medical coverage of qualifying and debilitating conditions.