No. Margate does not issue permits or licenses for retailers or entities to sell recreational cannabis, as such establishments are illegal in the city. Note that this stance on cannabis retail sales is premised on the state's prohibition of recreational cannabis.
No. Although under Florida law, medical marijuana dispensaries or medical marijuana treatment centers as they are called in the state, are allowed to operate statewide, Florida municipalities are also authorized to prohibit the establishment of such businesses within their jurisdictions. In line with this provision, the City of Margate prohibits medical marijuana treatment centers within its boundaries as stated under Section 41.1 of Article XLI of the Margate Code of Ordinances.
You may only order medical cannabis from MMTCs in other Florida cities for delivery in Margate, as medical cannabis retailers are banned from locating in the city.
There are no dispensaries to visit in Margate as the operations of such businesses are illegal there.
Through its Code of Ordinances, the city prohibits medical marijuana treatment centers within its boundaries; hence, there are no laws relating to the operational requirements for dispensaries in the city.
Despite the legalization of medical cannabis, cannabis use for recreational purposes is still illegal in Margate, as it is elsewhere in Florida. You risk being charged for the possession of any amount of marijuana, and the consequences may range from fines to imprisonment, depending on the amount of cannabis found on you and the specific circumstances surrounding your case. In addition, if you are caught driving while under the influence of cannabis, you may be subjected to harsh penalties, including fines, driver's license suspension, and potentially serving jail time.
Also, the possession of cannabis on federal properties, such as national parks or forests, is unlawful and may result in a federal prosecution, which often carries more severe penalties than punishments for state-level offenses.
Florida's Amendment 2, which expanded on the initial Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, is the law guiding medical cannabis operations in the City of Margate. Pursuant to the state law:
To obtain medical cannabis in Margate, a patient must have a qualifying medical condition and a recommendation from a qualified physician registered with the Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Patients can purchase and possess up to a 70-day supply of medical cannabis in forms like oils and tinctures. Alternatively, they can obtain a 35-day supply of smokable cannabis
Restrictions on medical cannabis use in Florida include prohibitions on home cultivation and driving under the influence of medical cannabis
You can apply for a medical marijuana use registry identification card online or by mail. However, before you can apply, you must pass the eligibility test as stipulated by the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). To be eligible to obtain a registry ID card from the OMMU, you must have one of the approved conditions and be a permanent or seasonal resident of the city. To be considered a seasonal resident of Margate, you must live at least 31 consecutive days in Margate and maintain a temporary residence in the city.
After you have confirmed your eligibility, you must find a physician approved to issue you a medical cannabis recommendation to use medical cannabis. You can find a qualified physician using the find a physician tool on the website of the Florida Department of Health. After determining that you are eligible to use medical cannabis, the physician will enter your information into the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) maintained by the OMMU. Subsequently, you will get a mail from the OMMU with your login credentials to the MMUR. Use the access to log in to your profile and select the "Your Card" page to complete your application.
On the application, you must pay a $75 processing fee and supply all necessary documentation, including:
A copy of the required proof of Margate residency
A passport-style photograph
Note that you are required to electronically sign your application once your proof of residency and photograph have been uploaded.
If you are using a paper application, complete a patient application form and include it with your photograph, proof of residency, and payment to:
Office of Medical Marijuana Use
PO Box 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313
If you complete your application online, it takes about 10 business days to approve your application if it is complete and accurate. For more information on medical marijuana registry ID card applications, visit the MMUR Identification Cards page of the OMMU website.
Note that minor patients must identify caregivers on their applications and in the MMUR. To obtain an MMUR ID card, a caregiver’s information must be added to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, and the individual must submit a caregiver application to the OMMU. For further information on caregiver applications and requirements, see Section 381.986(6) of the Florida Statutes.
There are no penalties for using medical cannabis inside a private residence, out of public view. However, consuming medical cannabis in a public space is prohibited and may be punished severely. Note that recreational cannabis use is unlawful, even on private property.
You cannot buy cannabis as cannabis dispensaries are banned in the city.
Cannabis is not sold in Margate as retailers are prohibited there.
With dispensaries banned in the city, Margate residents looking to buy cannabis typically purchase from dispensaries in other Florida cities.
No, it is illegal to smoke cannabis in public in Margate. Medical marijuana may only be used on private property and out of public view. This means that smoking medical cannabis in public places such as parks, beaches, streets, or any other public location may result in legal repercussions. In addition, smoking recreational cannabis use is prohibited in all areas of Margate, including private residences.
Florida law allows an OMMU-certified patient to have a 70-day supply limit of 24,500 mg of THC for non-smokable cannabis. The law also set dosage caps for different cannabis administration forms, such as:
150 milligrams for topicals
60 milligrams for edibles
200 milligrams for capsules and tinctures
190 milligrams for sublingual tinctures
195 milligrams for suppositories
350 milligrams for vape products
2.025 grams of smokable marijuana
10,500 milligrams for topicals
4,200 milligrams for edibles
14,000 milligrams for capsules and tinctures
13,300 milligrams for sublingual tinctures
13,650 milligrams for suppositories
24,500 milligrams for vape products
State law also sets a 2.5-ounce limit on smokable cannabis forms over a 35-day period. Note that it is illegal to possess any amount of adult-use cannabis.
Transporting cannabis over state boundaries into the City of Margate is against the law, regardless of the legal status of cannabis in the location from which it is being shipped. On the other hand, if you are transporting medical cannabis from another location in Florida to Margate, you are permitted to do so.
Dispensaries are banned in Margate.
There are no cannabis dispensaries in Margate.
There are no dispensaries to visit in Margate, either for locals or tourists.
Margate does not permit cannabis dispensaries within its borders.
There is no dispensary in the city.
Margate does not have marijuana dispensaries.
There are no cannabis dispensaries in Margate.
Margate prohibits the operations of weed dispensaries.
There are no dispensaries to visit in Margate, as their operations are illegal there.
There are no marijuana dispensaries in Margate.
Margate bans the operations of cannabis dispensaries.
There are no cannabis dispensaries in the city.
Recreational cannabis activities are illegal in Margate. Medical marijuana operations in the city are regulated by the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). You may contact the Office at:
Department of Health
Office of Medical Marijuana Use
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin M-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399
To report illicit marijuana-related activities in Margate, contact the Margate Police Department. To contact the city PD, call its non-emergency line at (954) 764-4357. Also, you can report an illegal cannabis operation by filing a complaint with the Florida OMMU.