Office of Compassionate Use
Welcome to the Department of Health Office of Compassionate Use (OCU). The OCU is charged with writing and implement the department’s rules for medical cannabis, overseeing the statewide Compassionate Use Registry, and licensing seven Florida businesses to cultivate, process, and dispense medical cannabis to qualified patients.
Amendment 2, and the expanded qualifying medical conditions, became effective on January 3, 2017. Section 381.986 F.S. remains in effect and the Florida Department of Health, physicians, dispensing organizations, and patients remain bound by existing law and rule. The Department is committed to quickly moving through the rulemaking process to create a regulatory structure for Amendment 2. For information about the rulemaking process, please click here.
It is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow Florida constitution and statute, diagnose patients and determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment. In partnership with law enforcement, enforcement actions initiated by the department against patients, doctors and businesses will be focused on those operating outside the regulatory structure in Florida law.
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. List of Physicians Who Have Completed the Required Training.