Medical Marijuana in Florida
In 2014, the Legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, creating Florida Statute § 381.986. The law granted the Department of Health the power to adopt rules necessary to implement the law. See Fla. Stat. § 381.986(5)(d) (2014). Further, the Department of Health was required to grant five nurseries licenses to dispense medical marijuana, one for each region in the state. See Fla. Stat. § 381.986(5)(b) (2014). The Office of Compassionate Use, now referred to as the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (“OMMU”), came into existence as the entity within the Department of Health that oversees the licensing and other portions of the Medical Marijuana Program. The Department of Health then promulgated rules under which a nursery could apply for a Dispensing Organization license, now referred to as a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (“MMTC”) license. Together, these laws and rules laid out the medical marijuana licensing scheme.
In the 2015 application cycle, the Department of Health received a total of 28 and scored 26 applications for licenses. Then, in 2016, a proposed constitutional amendment— passed by 71.3% of Florida residents—broadened the scope and use of medical marijuana in Florida and granted the Department of Health rulemaking authority under the Florida Constitution. The Florida Legislature amended § 381.986 to broaden the laws to make additional licenses available as well as allow for the production and sale of high-THC medical marijuana.
Currently, there are 22 Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Licenses in Florida. Each licensee is required to be “vertically integrated,” which means cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana.
Upcoming Medical Marijuana Applications in Florida
Number of Current Available Licenses: 19
You can view the 2015 application here: 2015 MMTC Application.
Our team can work with you to put your application and business plan together.
The application has 16 parts to it that we can help you with. The baseline threshold for applicants is: (1) Submit an application; (2) Submit a nonrefundable fee of $60,830; (3) Possess a nursery registration from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the past 5 (five) years; (4) All owners, officers, board members, and managers must pass a level 2 background screening. There are several additional requirements that we can discuss with you. You can schedule a 30 minute phone call to further discuss your options here.
Currently, Florida will begin accepting applications for one (1) MMTC license between March 21st, 2022 at 9:00 AM to March 25th, 2022 at 5 PM solely for applicants identifying as a class member under Pigford/BFL.
Upcoming: If you are interested in applying in the Florida market, now is the time to get started with your business plan as the OMMU is establishing a new application process to award up to nineteen (19) new MMTC licenses in Florida—predicted to happen by 2022 or 2023.We will update the site once the application process does open up. You can provide your information here to be notified once the application window is open as well as other updates related to Florida cannabis matters. In addition, if you are interested in acquiring a Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center License, then contact us to discuss your options.