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OMMU Weekly Update

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

June 29, 2018

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

 

The Florida Department of Health (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 section 381.986, F.S. (2018).

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OMMU by the Numbers

Patients in the Registry: 129,929*

Patients added since last update: 3,250

Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 13 days

 

Qualified Physicians: 1,518

 

Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 13 days

Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13

Approved ID Card Applications: 106,805*

Card applications approved since last update: 2,971

 

Approved Retail Dispensing Locations: 43

 

Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed This Week (June 22 – June 29): 29,634,169 mgs

 

Total Inspections to date: 171

Total Inspections for 2018: 88

Applications in Processing: 2,670

 

Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed This Week (June 22 – June 29): 1,592,582 mgs

 

Total Employees Hired to date: 29

*Note, not all patients entered into the medical marijuana use registry apply for medical marijuana use identification cards.

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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 can check the license status of their qualified ordering physician at any time using www.flhealthsource.gov. Patients and caregivers may fill their orders at any of the 35 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
  • The OMMU website has been updated to include new notices of rule development related to the regulation of medical marijuana treatment centers. You can access the notices here.
  • The mailing address for Patient and Caregiver ID card applications has changed:  PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313
  • The OMMU Registry Identification Card design has been updated. Previous versions of the card are still valid, however, new cards issued are as shown below:
    ommu card frontommu card back

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Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Name

Dispensing Locations

Trulieve

Tallahassee, Tampa, Clearwater, Pensacola, Miami, Edgewater, Lady Lake, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Vero Beach, New Port Richey, delivery

Surterra Therapeutics

Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, North Port, Deltona, Orlando, Largo, Miami Beach, delivery

Curaleaf

Miami, Kendall, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Palm Bay, Palm Harbor, delivery

Knox Medical

Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, St. Petersburg, Fort Walton Beach, delivery

Liberty Health Science

Summerfield, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, delivery

Vidacann

Holly Hill, delivery

Altmed Florida

Apollo Beach, delivery

The Green Solution

Dispensing via delivery

GrowHealthy

Dispensing via delivery

Better-Gro

Processing Authorization

3 Boys Farm

Cultivation Authorization only

Treadwell Nursery

Cultivation Authorization only

Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms

Cultivation Authorization only

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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

Court of Appeal reinstated the stay and noted that Redner was unlikely to succeed on the merits of the case. Redner appealed to the Florida Supreme court by filing a Petition to Invoke “All Writs” Jurisdiction. Florida Supreme Court issued an Order denying the petition to invoke all writs jurisdiction on May 25.

Smoking Ban

 

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

Order issued on May 25 finding the right to smoke medical marijuana. DOH filed an appeal which triggered the automatic stay and the court’s ruling is not currently in effect.

Application Process

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

Order denying the Motion to Dismiss issued on May 24.

MMTC Licensure

 

Nature’s Way v. DOH Case No. 17-5801

Hearing was held and proposed recommended orders have been filed by parties. Awaiting the issuance of recommended order by the administrative law judge.

Constitutionality of Rules

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

Pending ruling on Motion to Dismiss. Hearing on Plaintiff’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order set for June 19.

Application Process

Patients and Producers Alliance, Inc. v. DOH Case No. 2018-CA-000336

Case filed February 14, 2018 and has been assigned to Judge Dodson.

Constitutionality of Law

Trulieve v. DOH Case No. 2018-CA-000698

Case filed April 2, 2018 and has been assigned to Judge Dodson. 

Administrative Challenge to Application Rule

Del Favero v. DOH, DOAH 18-2838
Administrative challenge to citrus preference in application rule. Hearing set for July 9.

Pigford License Preference

Tingle v. DOH, 1st Judicial Circuit Case No. 18-CA-2092F.
Native American Farmer seeks qualification for Pigford license.

Administrative challenge to Supplemental Licensure Fee Rule

DFMMJ d/b/a Liberty Health v. DOH, DOAH (no case number assigned).
MMTC challenges the supplemental fee.

Administrative Challenge to Variance Rule

DFMMJ d/b/a Liberty Health v. DOH, DOAH (no case number assigned).
MMTC challenges the inclusion of employment changes in the variance form.

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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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