On June 23, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed new medical cannabis legislation into law. The new legislation updates previous, temporary processes and regulations with more-permanent, patient-friendly solutions.
Here are some of the highlights of the new legislative changes:
- 90-day waiting period removed
- Seasonal residents also now eligible to receive an order of medical marijuana
- No more sales tax on medical marijuana, related medical cannabis devices or products, or low-THC products
- Physician orders have increased to up to 210 day supply (consisting of 3, 70-day orders)
- Additional qualifying conditions have been added, including AIDs, chronic nonmalignant pain, any terminal illness, and any condition similar in nature to the other qualifying conditions.
- New routes of administration, including edibles and a flower-like product for vaping use
- Restriction of locations medical cannabis may be used.
- Telemedicine visits no longer permitted
- Qualifying physicians must submit a written, informed patient consent form each time a recommendation is made for the corresponding patient