The state of Florida legalized medical cannabis in 2016 through a Ballot initiative, Amendment 2, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to access and utilize medical cannabis as a form of treatment for their ailment. Access to medical cannabis is through state-licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell medical cannabis.
When to Apply
FLORIDA MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES
Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) – can grow medical cannabis plants; extract, process and produce medical cannabis products; sell wholesale to other licensed Cannabis Businesses; and dispense to registered patients. There is a limit of twenty-two (22) business licenses allowed for Florida MMTCs within the state, One (1) MMTC license allows a licensee to open up to twenty-five (25) dispensaries.
Florida health regulators recently announced that the state is preparing to potentially double the number of licenses available for medical marijuana treatment centers by allowing up to 22 additional licenses to operate. The Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) recently issued Emergency Rule 64ER22-9, which will significantly alter application review and associated fees.
FLORIDA CANNABIS PROGRAM TIMELINE
2014 – Florida legalized low-THC, high-CBD medical cannabis
2015 – First Florida low-THC, high CBD business opened
2016 – Florida expanded their medical cannabis program allowing for higher THC within medical cannabis products
2019 – Florida issued an additional eight (8) MMTCs
2023 – Florida plans to issue up to an additional 22 (22) MMTCs
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