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OMMU Weekly Update

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

March 16, 2018

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


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, OMMU launched the online payment option for medical marijuana use registry identification cards, further streamlining the application process for caregivers and patients


OMMU by the Numbers

Patients in the Registry: 85,154*
Patients added since last update: 2,169

Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 24 days

Qualified Physicians: 1,225

Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 17 days

Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13

Approved ID Card Applications:60,958*
Card applications approved since last update: 2,309

Approved Retail Dispensing Locations: 29

Applications in Processing: 2,433

Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed This Week (March 12-16): 11,126,435 mgs

Amount of Low-THC Cannabis DispensedThis Week (March 12-16): 691,908 mgs

Total Inspections to date: 139
Total Inspections for 2018: 56

Total Employees Hired to date: 27


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 29 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
  • This week, the department hosted two public rule workshops. The workshops focused on rules regarding standards for production of edibles and dosing for both low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We received a lot of meaningful public input. If you were unable to attend and wish to comment, click here.
  • Next week, the department will host one rule workshop and one rule hearing, with the former in Jacksonville regarding testing lab certifications and testing standards, and the latter in Tallahassee regarding pesticide use. For more information click here.
  • In April, we currently have two workshops scheduled to discuss many rules related to MMTCs. The first is scheduled for April 6 and the second for April 13, both in Tallahassee. 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


Dispensing Locations


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

Surterra Therapeutics

Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, North Port, Deltona, delivery


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


Dispensing via delivery

3 Boys Farm

Cultivation Authorization only


Cultivation Authorization only

Plants of Ruskin, Inc.

Cultivation Authorization only

SunbulbCompany, Inc.

Cultivation Authorization only

Treadwell Nursery

Cultivation Authorization only

Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms

Cultivation Authorization only

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.  Bench Trial set for March 21

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. Bench trial set for May 16.

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. Pending consolidation with Bill’s Nursery case. Judge Dodson denied motion to consolidate with Bills Nursery case. 

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. Consolidation denied pending hearing date for motion to dismiss.

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. Hearing set for March 28.

Constitutionality of Rules

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

Case filed February 13, 2018 and has been assigned to Judge Gievers.

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.

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.

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