According to the terms of the bill “redefining the term ‘medical use’ to include the possession, use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; restricting the smoking of marijuana in enclosed indoor workplaces; requiring a patient’s informed consent form to include the negative health risks associated with smoking marijuana.”
Doctor’s Authorization Required
Additionally, the bill requires “a qualified physician to submit specified documentation to the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine upon determining that smoking is an appropriate route of administration for a qualified patient, other than a patient diagnosed with a terminal condition.”
Only Terminally Ill Minors Can Smoke
The bill prohibits “a physician from certifying a patient under 18 years of age to smoke marijuana for medical use unless the patient is diagnosed with a terminal condition.” The physician must make “a certain determination in concurrence with a second physician who is a pediatrician; requiring a qualified physician to obtain the written informed consent of such patient’s parent or legal guardian before certifying the patient to smoke marijuana.”
No Blunts Allowed
Blunts will not qualify. According to the bill, it prohibits “a medical marijuana treatment center that produces pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes from using wrapping paper made with tobacco or hemp.”
Rules for Caregivers
“Establishing a supply limit for a physician certification for marijuana in a form for smoking; authorizing a qualified physician to request an exception to the supply limit and possession limit for marijuana in a form for smoking; authorizing more than one caregiver to assist with a qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana if the patient is participating in a certain research program in a teaching nursing home; authorizing a caregiver to be listed in the medical marijuana use registry as a designated caregiver for qualified patients who are participating in a certain research program in a teaching nursing home.”
More information such as packaging and labeling requirements are also included in the bill as well as increased availability for purchasing a ‘marijuana delivery device.’ An “exception to the requirement that such devices must be purchased from a medical marijuana treatment center for devices that are intended for the medical use of marijuana by smoking” is included as well as allowing marijuana delivery devices to be purchasable from other vendors.
Meanwhile, bill HB 7015 from the Florida House of Representatives’ Health & Human Services Committee was updated to reflect “possession, use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking other than pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes, in the form of commercially produced food items other than edibles, or of marijuana seeds or flower, except for flower in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping or flower in pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ bombshell announcement in January to drop his predecessor’s appeal against legalizing cannabis flower for medical marijuana patients contained a largely unreported nugget that he also in favor of getting rid of vertical integration for licensed cannabis operators in the state, allowing for individually licensed cannabis businesses instead.
With these aforementioned, nascent medical marijuana revisions, Florida appears to be that much closer to legalizing smokeable flower for medicinal purposes.