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Know The Facts About Medical Marijuana

When will marijuana for medical use in a form for smoking become available to patients?

Marijuana for medical use in a form for smoking will be available from the Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers once the Office of Medical Marijuana Use approves a variance that they may request to dispense marijuana in a form for smoking.

Marijuana Delivery Device

What is a “marijuana delivery device?”

An object used, intended for use, or designed for use in preparing, storing, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body.

Where may patients purchase a marijuana delivery device intended for the medical use of marijuana in a form for smoking?

Delivery devices intended for the medical use of marijuana by smoking need not be dispensed from a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center and can be purchased anywhere. This only applies for medical marijuana in a form for smoking. Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers must still dispense all other delivery devices to qualified patients.

May a qualified patient/caregiver purchase and possess a marijuana delivery device intended for smoking?

Yes. A qualified patient and a qualified patient’s caregiver are permitted to purchase and possess a marijuana delivery device intended for the medical use of marijuana by smoking device from a vendor other than a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center.

Where May Marijuana For Medical Use By Smoking Be Consumed

Are there restrictions to where smokable medical marijuana may be consumed?

Yes.

May qualified patients smoke medical marijuana in public or an indoor workplace?

No. The law specifies that medical marijuana may not be smoked in any public place and prohibits the medical use of marijuana by smoking in an “enclosed indoor workplace,” as defined in the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act.

May a qualified patient smoke medical marijuana on their own private property?

Yes. A patient may smoke or vape medical marijuana on private property as allowed by the property owner. The law provides that s. 381.986, F.S., does not impair the ability of a private party to restrict or limit smoking or vaping marijuana on his or her private property.

May a qualified patient smoke medical marijuana in a nursing home, hospice, or assisted living facility?

Yes, if the facility does not prohibit medical use of marijuana in the facility’s policies. The law provides that s. 381.986, F.S., does not prohibit the medical use of marijuana in a nursing home, hospice, or assisted living facility if the facility’s policies do not prohibit the medical use of marijuana.

Required Written Informed Consent

Who is required to give informed consent?

Each qualified patient, or the patient’s parent or legal guardian if they are a minor, must give written informed consent to their qualified ordering physician before being certified to receive medical marijuana in a form for smoking. That written informed consent must contain information regarding the risks specifically associated with smoking marijuana.

What might a patient expect a qualified physician may do to provide informed consent to the patient?

Discuss with the qualified patient the negative health effects of smoking marijuana, and obtain an acknowledgement from the patient that the qualified physician has sufficiently explained the content of the informed consent.

Until the new informed consent form is available, what should a qualified physician do?

Obtain informed consent from the qualified patient specifically relating to the negative health effects associated with smoking marijuana, and obtain an acknowledgement from the patient that the qualified physician has sufficiently explained the content of the informed consent. Physicians may want to amend their current informed consent form to include the negative health effects of smoking marijuana until the Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine adopt the amendments to the informed consent form required by s. 381.986, F.S.

When will the new informed consent form be available?

The Board of Medicine, Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Joint Committee on Medical Marijuana will be meeting in April 2019 to begin the approval process for the new informed consent forms.

Patients Under The Age of 18

Are there restrictions on who may receive a certification of marijuana for medical use by smoking for qualified patients under the age of 18?

Yes. Patients under the age of 18 may not obtain a certification for marijuana for medical use by smoking unless the patient is diagnosed with a terminal condition.

How may a patient under 18 with a terminal condition receive a certification for medical marijuana by smoking?

–  A qualified physician must certify that smoking is the most effective route of administration for medical marijuana to the patient;
–  A second physician, who is a board-certified pediatrician, must concur with the determination; AND
–  Such a determination and concurrence is recorded in the patient’s medical record and in the medical marijuana use registry.

Where can I find a certified physician who may order medical marijuana in a form for smoking?

–  A qualified physician must certify that smoking is the most effective route of administration for medical marijuana to the patient;
–  A second physician, who is a board-certified pediatrician, must concur with the determination; AND
–  Such a determination and concurrence is recorded in the patient’s medical record and in the medical marijuana use registry.

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The Cannabis Clinics provide a superior patient experience through education and compassion. Our goal is to provide patients with reliable, quality and trustworthy medical marijuana doctor evaluations in the state of Florida.

In order to receive a medical marijuana recommendation in Florida, you must provide proof of permanent or temporary residency in the state of Florida and be diagnosed by a certified physician with a qualifying condition.

The Cannabis Clinics also require that all patients submit documentation confirming they have been previously diagnosed with the condition for which they are seeking medical cannabis treatment.

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