Notice About The Bill
This bill died without a committee hearing.
The Florida Medical Marijuana Act
Senate Bill # 852 - Medical Use of Marijuana
Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes
House Bill # 1183 - Medical Use of Marijuana
Sponsored by Rep. Woods
SB 852 was filed on November 16, 2015. The House companion was filed on January 7, 2016.
The bill is an act relating to medical use of marijuana in Florida. Creating statutes for the regulation of medical-grade marijuana under the Florida Department of Health.
Under the proposed Florida law, this bill:
- Allows registered patients and designated caregivers to purchase, acquire, and possess medical-grade marijuana.
- Allows a cultivation and processing licensee, employee, or contractor to acquire, cultivate, transport, and sell marijuana.
- Prohibits a person from driving under the influence of marijuana.
- Requires the Department of Health to update patient registry and issue identification cards.
- Requires the Department of Health to consider certain factors when issuing retail licenses to encourage a competitive marketplace.
- Allows retail licensees to contract with certain types of carriers to deliver marijuana.
- Prohibits a retail licensee from advertising.
- Requires testing, certification, and reporting of results by an independent laboratory before distribution or sale of marijuana or marijuana products.
- Provides package and label requirements.
- Establishes that this act does not require or restrict health insurance coverage for the purchase of medical-grade marijuana.
It is stated in the bill:
'Medical-grade marijuana' means marijuana that has been tested in accordance with the [General Health Provisions of Florida law]; meets the standards established by the department for sale to registered patients; and is packaged, labeled, and ready to be dispensed.