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OMMU Weekly Update - Aug. 17, 2018

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

August 17, 2018

Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU)
tel: 800-808-9580 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).



Qualified Patients: (Active ID Card):   115,488

Total Patients: 150,675


Processing Time for Complete Application*: 5 business days

Processing Time for ID Card Printing: 5 business days


*Applications are not deemed to be complete until payment has successfully cleared – up to 5 business days.

Check your application status:


OMMU Call Center: 1-800-808-9580


Qualified Ordering Physicians: 1,653


Verify your qualified ordering physician:


Weekly Highlights:

§  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 50 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.


§  On Friday, August 17, the DOH held a public hearing to discuss a proposed rule regarding the registration of medical marijuana treatment centers.


§  The mailing address for Patient and Caregiver ID card applications has changed:

                              Office of Medical Marijuana Use

                             PO Box 31313

                             Tampa, FL 33631-3313




Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers Updates:

Approved medical marijuana treatment centers are the only businesses allowed to grow, process, or sell medical marijuana in Florida.

Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed (August 10 – August 17):

32,476,881 mgs

Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed (August 10 – August 17):

1,669,639 mgs

Approved Dispensing Locations:




Dispensing Locations


Bradenton, Clearwater, Edgewater, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lady Lake, Miami (1), Miami (2), New Port Richey, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa, Vero Beach, delivery

Surterra Wellness

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


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

Knox Medical

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

Liberty Health Sciences

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


Holly Hill, delivery

AltMed Florida (MüV)

Apollo Beach, Sarasota, delivery

The Green Solution

Dispensing via delivery


Dispensing via delivery

Columbia Care Florida

Dispensing via delivery

3 Boys Farm

Cultivation Authorization only

Remeny Wellness

Cultivation Authorization only


Cultivation Authorization only

Green Owl Pharms



Legal Updates

The implementation of Amendment 2 and section 381.986, F.S. (2018) 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 section 381.986, F.S. (2018).

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
Court of Appeal reinstated the stay and noted that Plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on the merits of the case. The lower court’s order 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 and 18-0721
Settlement agreement and Final Order issued  on July 13 in Case No. 18-0271, granting Nature’s Way a license and registration as a MMTC. Case No. 17-5801 is on appeal (Case No. 1D18-2929).

Constitutionality of Rules

Florigrown LLC v. DOH Case No. 2017-CA-002549
Hearing on Plaintiff’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order set for July 19. Hearing on injunctive relief completed. On August 2, the Court issued an Order denying the motion for temporary injunction without prejudice and setting a case management conference for October 3.

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 set for trial August 27, 2018

Administrative Challenge to Application Rule

Del Favero v. DOH, DOAH 18-2838
Administrative challenge to citrus preference in application rule. Final order issued by administrative law judge on August 6, finding that Rule 64-4.002 is an invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority.

Pigford License Preference

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

Petition for Licensure

Spring Oaks v. DOH (DOH case no. 2018- 0172)

Petition for Licensure

Perkins v. DOH (DOH case no. 2018-0173)

Petition for Licensure

Bill’s Nursery v. DOH (DOH case no. 2018-0174)


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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Correction: An earlier version of this press release had Better-Gro with the staus Processing Authorization in the Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers table.


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