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Florida

Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : $456,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $1,700,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: Under state statute, medical cannabis dispensaries are an essential service akin to pharmacies, so they automatically are allowed to remain open. Many dispensaries currently operate delivery services, have drive-thru windows, and allow online ordering for pick-up. Doctors can issue re-authorizations to medical patients via virtual visits, but not for new patients.}}

In 2016, over 70% of Florida voters approved Amendment 2, authorizing the use of medical marijuana for those with debilitating conditions. The state previously had a ban on smoking medical marijuana but it was recently overturned by Governor Ron DeSantis signing legislation to repeal it. Patients can now purchase up to 2.5 ounces of flower every 35 days and those under 18 can smoke marijuana if they have a terminal condition and obtain a second opinion from a pediatrician.Florida has low-THC cannabis, where the dried flowers contain 0.8 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol and more than 10 percent of cannabidiol weight for weight, and medical marijuana, which means all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis. All medical marijuana treatment centers in Florida are authorized to deliver statewide. Legalizing recreational marijuana in the state is likely to be on the ballot in upcoming elections.

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (Florida Department of Health)

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): No limit by law, currently. There are 14 approved medical marijuana treatment centers with 103 locations (http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/office-of-medical-marijuana-use/medical-marijuana-treatment-centers/index.html)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): No separate license under old law. Constitutional amendment does not specify the new licensing structure, leaving it to the Department of Health.

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): No separate license under old law. Constitutional amendment does not specify the new licensing structure, leaving it to the Department of Health.

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): They will now be allowed, but details are currently lacking.

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: One in each of the following regions: northwest Florida, northeast Florida, central Florida, southeast Florida, and southwest Florida. 

Application Fee: 
Non-refundable $60,036 Application Fee 

Licensing Fees: 
See above

Residency Requirements: 
For first round under old law, had to be a nursery in operation for more than 30 years, but unclear how Constitutional Amendment will affect this.

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 
Required under old law, via there being only one license type for all cannabis activity. Under the constitutional amendment, the Department of Health will decide integration.

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
Cancer
Epilepsy
Glaucoma
HIV
AIDS
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Crohn’s disease
Parkinson’s disease
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition

Testing Required: 
Yes

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