How long does the full process take?

The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 does not provide specific provisions regarding the process time-line and procedures. While qualifying patients are required to be registered in the Compassionate Use Registry, current law states only that such registration and inclusion shall be done by a patient’s attending licensed physician.

Proposed Senate Bill 528, establishing the Florida Medical Marijuana Act, has no entry nor provision relative to registration procedures and time-lines. It does provide that the Department of Health must “create a registration form and patient-certification form and make the forms available to the public by January 1, 2016.” It requires that the registration form must include information that would appear in the patient’s registration card, and on his designated caregiver’s identification card, if the patient is designating a caregiver.

The proposed law also provides that beginning July 1, 2016, when the Department receives a registration form, including all required documents, the Department must enter the qualified patient’s and his designated caregiver’s information in the medical marijuana patient registry within fourteen days and begin the issuance of identification cards.

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