The legislative session 2015 failed to pass SB 258 in Tallahassee that will to create a system that registered patients with a physician’s recommendation to legally use quality trusted and safe medical marijuana from registered producers or dispensaries. In November 2014 the bill was also failed to pass with a 58% vote, 60% being what was needed, an announcement from the United for Care that they will collect needed signatures and deliver the issue to voters in November 2016.
“Low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)” Medical Marijuana Law
On June 16, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that saves individuals with certain qualifying medical disorders and their legal representatives from legal actions for using Low-THC cannabis. Low-THC cannabis is defined as 0.8 or less THC and more than 10% Cannabidiol. Florida is not a medical marijuana state due to the fact that only a specific type of marijuana is allowed, and physicians are considered to be violating federal laws.
The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which is the current law, makes no mention or has any provisions regarding caregivers.
The law allows five cultivators, one in each region of the state, to grow only low-THC marijuana. Qualifying patients must be added to the “compassionate use registry, maintained by the Department of Health, in order to be protected from criminal laws.
The current law does not allow patients to grow or cultivate.