The Florida Department of Health filed a notice of proposed rule development on January 17, 2017 with a proposed guideline for the prescription of Medical Marijuana. Amendment 2, approved by voters in November, allows physicians to prescribe Medical Marijuana to patients with debilitating medical conditions.
The proposed rule limits conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed to “qualifying debilitating medical conditions.” Those conditions include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, and other conditions as well as any other conditions designated by the Florida Board of Medicine.
The Department of Health would also require that a physician wishing to prescribe medical marijuana receive a certification from the Department. It also requires the physician to conduct a physical examination and a full assessment of medical history of the patient. A prescription for medical marijuana would be limited to a forty-five day supply.
The Department will hold several hearings on the proposed rule throughout the state in February. Many members of the Florida legislature have also expressed an interest in passing legislation enabling Amendment 2.