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Office of Compassionate Use

Office of Compassionate Use


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On June 16, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 passes by the legislature into law. The Act authorizes doctors licensed under Chapter 458 and Chapter 459 of Florida Statutes to order low-THC cannabis products for qualified patients.

Under Florida law, to qualify to receive low-THC cannabis products, a patient must be diagnosed with one of three conditions: cancer, epilepsy, or chronic seizures or muscle spasms. Qualified patients may obtain low-THC cannabis oil and derivative products by first receiving an order from a physician, and then filling that order with one of the state’s five approved Dispensing Organizations.

The Florida Department of Health approved five dispensing organizations to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC oil and derivative products to patients. The approved Dispensing Organizations are:

•     Northwest Region:     Hackney Nursery (Gadsden County)

•     Northeast Region:   Chestnut Hill Tree Farm (Alachua County)

•     Central Region:       Knox Nursery (Orange County)

•     Southwest Region:  Alpha Surterra (Hillsborough County)

•     Southeast Region:   Costa Nursery (Miami Dade County)

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