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Office of Compassionate Use

Office of Compassionate Use

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The Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) was created by the Florida Department of Health in 2014 as part of its implementation of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act 2014, signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. The department promulgated Florida Administrative Code Chapter 64-4, which provides a regulatory framework for low- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and medical cannabis in the Florida.

Florida law permits certain patients to obtain medical cannabis if authorized by a physician who has undergone required training. There are two types of medical cannabis that can be obtained by qualified patients:

1. Low-THC Cannabis: Patients with cancer or a condition that causes chronic seizures or muscle spasms may qualify to receive low-THC cannabis. Low-THC cannabis has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

2. Medical Cannabis: If a patient is suffering from a condition that has been determined to be terminal by two physicians, he or she may qualify for medical cannabis. This product can contain sufficient levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC to produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

The Florida Department of Health has approved six dispensing organizations to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis, medical cannabis and derivative products to patients. The approved dispensing organizations are:

Chestnut Hill Tree Farm

Alachua County

Grandiflora (San Felasco Nurseries)

Alachua County

*Hackney Nursery

Gadsden County

*Surterra Therapeutics (Alpha Foliage, Inc.)

Hillsborough County

*Modern Health Concepts (Costa Nursery Farms)

Miami-Dade County

*Knox Nursery

Orange County

*Dispensing organization has received cultivation authorization.

A list of doctors permitted to order low-THC and medical cannabis products can be found on the Patients’ information tab. The department recommends speaking to your health care professional to determine if low-THC or medical cannabis products are right for you or your loved one.

Dispensing organizations have not begun dispensing. As a result, low-THC and medical cannabis products are not currently available for purchase in Florida. The Department anticipates that product will be available to patients by September 2016.