Who can grow medical marijuana in Florida?
Growing of Cannabis in Florida
In Florida, the law prohibits possession of cannabis plants for personal use. Including registered marijuana patients can be charged with a criminal offense if they are found in possession of marijuana plants. If found with less than 25 plants, you are likely to be charged with a third-degree felony but if the number of plants exceeds 25, you are likely to be charged with a second-degree felony. Any of the two charges can land you in jail.
Homegrown medicinal marijuana is forbidden in the state of Florida. Cultivation of marijuana is a regulated activity that the government has reserved for few commercial growers. Growers should only produce low-THC varieties of marijuana for use among patients who want to reduce seizures and muscle spasms and among patients with terminal medical conditions.
Importing of medicinal marijuana is also forbidden. You cannot grow cannabis outside the state and then bring it for personal use or distribution. Crossing the borders of Florida with marijuana is a felony.
As some communities in Florida have delayed or ban the opening of medicinal cannabis dispensaries, the producers and retailers are using deliveries to meet the highly increasing demand. Some large companies claim that between one third and half of the customers rely on deliveries to get the drug. Most of the dispensaries are situated on the coasts of Florida or in the heavily populated metropolitan areas, including Gainesville and Orlando, Jacksonville and South Florida. Therefore, in most areas, patients take at least one hour to reach the nearest cannabis dispensary.
Access medicinal marijuana in Florida
To benefit from medicinal cannabis, you must visit a registered medical cannabis doctor. The doctor should record your data in the State’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use registry. The entered information should specify the medical marijuana types you need or you can afford on a daily basis and the number of days the order will remain active. The doctor can also make suggestions particularly if you are a new customer to the world of medical cannabis. However, you will have to decide on the specific products and strains to go for at the dispensary.
Currently, the registry does not allow physicians to exceed two orders at a time. Therefore, they can only order one for low-THC marijuana and the other for any other type. Low THC cannabis contains little THC levels and they do not produce psychoactive effects. They also contain healing CBD in higher levels. Medicinal cannabis products contain high THC levels and can have psychoactive effects. The amount of CBD in the type of cannabis highly varies.
Apart from the two orders, a medical cannabis physician can order two delivery methods per every order. For most patients that includes inhalation and oral methods – others such as inhalation methods are available. Oral products include concentrates, capsules, tincture and syringes. Inhalation cannabis products include vaporizer cups and cartridges. Your doctor should help you select the best strain type and products, but you are the person to make a decision on the route to follow. The doctor should also recommend the dose amount.