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OMMU Weekly Update

By Florida Department of Health

February 16, 2018


Contact:
Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU)
medicalmarijuanause@flhealth.gov
tel:850-245-4657 open weekdays,
8am-5pm (excluding state holidays)

OMMU WEEKLY UPDATE

 

The Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) continues to focus on the health and safety of Florida’s families and is dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We are pleased to provide this weekly update on the DOH Office of Medical Marijuana Use’s (OMMU) diligent work implementing the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in Senate Bill 8A. This week we have added additional metrics and will continue to add new details that demonstrate our progress. 

 

OMMU by the Numbers

Patients in the Registry: 78,929*
Patients added since last update: 2,411

Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 26 days

Qualified Physicians: 1,146

Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 18 days

Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13

Approved ID Card Applications: 52,619*
Card applications approved since last update: 1,569

Approved Retail Dispensing Locations: 27

Applications in Processing: 3,000

Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed This Week (Feb. 12-16): 9,765,782mgs

Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed This Week (Feb. 12-16): 668,076 mgs

Total Inspections to date: 131
Total Inspections for 2018: 48

Total Employees Hired to date: 23

 

Implementation Updates

  • Low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana has been and continues to be available for qualified patients. Patients may search for qualified ordering physicians using the new search tool on the OMMU Patients Page.  Patients and caregivers may fill their orders at any of the 27 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
  • The OMMU has made changes to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry that eliminate the need for patients to submit a passport-style photograph if they  have a Florida issued driver’s license or identification card. Instead, when a qualified ordering physician enters a patient into the registry it automatically accesses the patient’s Florida Driver’s License or Florida identification card photograph directly from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV) system. Their photo is then populated in the patient’s online identification card application. Passport-style photographs will still need to be submitted for those applicants who are not in the HSMV system. For more information click here.
  • The mailing address for Patient and Caregiver ID card applications has changed:
    PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Name

Dispensing Locations

Trulieve

Tallahassee, Tampa, Clearwater, Pensacola, Miami, Edgewater, Lady Lake, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, delivery

Surterra Therapeutics

Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, North Port, delivery

Curaleaf

Miami, Kendall, Lake Worth, delivery

Knox Medical

Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, delivery

Liberty Health Science

Summerfield, delivery

The Green Solution

Dispensing via delivery

GrowHealthy

Dispensing via delivery

3 Boys Farm

Cultivation Authorization only

Vidacann

Cultivation Authorization only

Plants of Ruskin, Inc.

Cultivation Authorization only

Sunbulb Company, Inc.

Cultivation Authorization only

Treadwell Nursery

Cultivation Authorization only

Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms

N/A

Legal Updates

The implementation of Amendment 2 and Senate Bill 8A continues to be frequently litigated. While some of these lawsuits have little impact on our progress, others – particularly those regarding the constitutionality of the law we are tasked with executing – have significant impact on DOH’s ability to implement certain requirements of Senate Bill 8A.

Home Grow

 

Redner v. DOH, et. al., 13th Judicial Circuit Case No. 17-CA-5677

Motion to dismiss was denied on January 24, 2018; case to go to trial.  

Smoking Ban

 

People United for Medical Marijuana v. DOH, et. al., 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017-CA-1394

Hearing took place January 25, 2018. Judge Gievers dismissed the association plaintiff, People United for Medical Marijuana, but denied the motion to dismiss the individual plaintiffs. The case will now move forward.

Constitutionality of Black Farmers Provision 381.986(8)(a)2 F.S.

 

Smith v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017–CA-001972

Hearing took place on December 28, 2017. Judge Dodson granted the injunction.

 

Constitutionality of Citrus Farmers Provision 381.986(8)(a)3 F.S.

 

Tropiflora, LLC v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2016-CA-1330

Awaiting injunction hearing to be scheduled.

Application Process

Bill’s Nursery, Inc. v. DOH, 2d Judicial Circuit Case No. 2017-CA-002411

Hearing regarding motion to consolidate with Smith v. DOH was scheduled for February 2, 2018. At the request of Bill’s Nursery, Inc. Judge Dodson granted a motion to continue this hearing. No new date has been set.

MMTC Licensure

 

Nature’s Way v. DOH Case No. 17-5801

Hearing scheduled for January 29, 2018 did not occur and was continued at the request of Nature’s Way. No new date has been set.

Constitutionality of Rules

Florigrown LLC v. DOH Case No. 2017-CA-002549

General Background Information

Medical Marijuana ID Card Application Process: Once a patient has been diagnosed by a qualified ordering physician and entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, they can immediately begin the identification card application process. The department encourages applicants to complete the process online as this decreases processing time. Patients receive an email from OMMU once their email is added to the registry by their qualified ordering physician which directs them to the application. Once an application is reviewed and approved, patients receive an approval email which can be used to fill an order at an approved MMTC while they await their physical card.

Medical Marijuana Use Registry: All orders for medical marijuana are recorded and dispensed via the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. The Medical Marijuana Use Registry is accessible online, with real time information to ordering physicians, law enforcement and medical marijuana treatment center staff. Patients and caregivers may also access the Medical Marijuana Use Registry to submit a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card application, and check the status of their application.

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: Approved medical marijuana treatment centers are the only businesses allowed to grow, process, or sell medical marijuana in Florida. Each medical marijuana treatment center must receive authorization at three stages, (1) cultivation authorization, (2) processing authorization, and (3) dispensing authorization, prior to dispensing low-THC cannabis or medical marijuana. Medical marijuana cannot be mailed.

For more information visit www.flhealth.gov/ommu

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