Smoking Medical Marijuana is legal in Florida
Updated: Jun 6, 2019
After many law suits and appeals filed by patients and courts, in March Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis signed into effect a bill that now allows smokable medical marijuana. Although in 2016 over 71% of Floridians voted in favor of medical marijuana, a ban had been placed on utilizing smoking as a route of administration for patients but finally this ban has been lifted.
So what does that mean for patients? If you are a current patient of medical marijuana than you must contact your recommending physician's office to find out what their policy is on adding smokable (also called "whole flower") to your recommendation. Smokable inhalation is not an automatic route of administration and must be manually entered by your physician as well as necessary documents sent to the Department of Health Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
A patient may be recommended up to six 35 day orders of whole flower medical marijuana before needing to be seen by their physician again. Patients should consider planning to "add flower" to their recommendation around the same time in which they are due to renew. Doing so will assure both your medical marijuana recommendation and flower orders begin approximately around the same time and will not require additional visits.
Now is a great time to a be a medical marijuana patient in Florida as in the beginning there was much hesitation, on legislature's part, in rolling out a full fledged medical marijuana program. However, nearly 3 years after being voted in favor of by the residents, and most importantly patients of Florida, the hesitation has lifted and many options have become available, both in medicinal marijuana products and the increase in number of approved medical marijuana dispensaries now open.
Coming soon: Reviews (by patients, for patients) of the local flower offered by dispensaries here in Florida.