Yes, but only for medical marijuana. The State of Florida legalized the medical use of marijuana in 2016. Florida Statute 381.986 says that only marijuana treatment centers may hold a license to cultivate medical cannabis and low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis. The statute also says that the qualified patient or caregiver's registration may be revoked if ever they are caught cultivating marijuana from any person or establishment other than a medical marijuana treatment center. Recreational marijuana is still prohibited in Florida.
Yes, cannabis manufacturing is legal in Lee County. Florida Statute 381.986 says that only licensed medical marijuana treatment centers and their owners, managers, and employees may manufacture, sell, possess, distribute, dispense, deliver, and lawfully dispose of marijuana.
To ensure the safety and security of areas where marijuana processing, cultivation, storing or dispensing occurs, a medical marijuana treatment center shall:
Yes. The State allows cannabis dispensaries to be operated only by licensed medical marijuana treatment centers. Only qualified patients are permitted to buy medical-use cannabis from these dispensaries. Approved medical marijuana treatment centers dispense low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis, medical cannabis, and cannabis delivery devices.
In accordance with Florida Statute 381.986, the medical marijuana treatment centers must see to it that before dispensing cannabis, the test results should indicate that the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) meets the potency requirements of low-THC cannabis, the labeling of the concentration of THC and cannabidiol is accurate, and all cannabis and cannabis-related products are free from contaminants and safe for human consumption.
Low-THC cannabis and edibles are approved for sale in Lee County. According to Florida Statute 381.986, edibles shall not contain more than 200 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol, and a single serve of an edible shall not exceed 10 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol. Edibles shall have a potency variance not exceeding 15 percent.
Yes. Pursuant to Florida Statute 381.986, approved medical marijuana treatment centers are permitted to transport and dispense marijuana for medical use. To ensure the safe transport of marijuana to qualified patients, marijuana testing laboratories, or other medical marijuana treatment centers, the medical marijuana treatment center must maintain a marijuana transportation manifest in the vehicle transporting marijuana. The marijuana transportation manifest must be produced by the treatment center's seed-to-sale tracking system and include the following:
To obtain a medical marijuana card in Florida, each patient must: be a Florida resident, be diagnosed with a qualifying condition by a certifying physician, and must have been encoded to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by a qualifying physician (with a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Patient Identification Number).
New patient applications must include:
Minor applications must also include:
According to Florida Statute 381.986, the qualifying health conditions are:
The department urges applicants to complete the process online as this lessens processing time. Patients then receive an email from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) once their email is approved and added to the registry by their qualified certifying physician, which directs them to the application. Once an application is approved, qualified patients receive an approval email which can be entered to fill an order at an approved medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) while they await their physical card.
For questions or concerns, you may also mail or contact:
Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU)
PO Box 31313
tel: (800) 808-9580
A study from Duke University titled "An Economic Analysis of Marijuana Legalization in Florida" concludes that Florida's combined annual savings and increase in tax revenue that would come from the legalization of marijuana would total $145.7 million yearly in the short run and $285.5 million yearly in the long run.
While Statute 381.986 mentions that medical cannabis is tax-exempt, medical marijuana gross sales are still subject to the statewide 6% sales tax.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an arrest database for Lee County. The report for total drug arrests in Lee County surprisingly shows an increase in cases for the years 2015 to 2017⏤ from 3,641, 4,051, to 4,206, respectively. Note that the 2016 marijuana legalization in Florida is for medical use only.
As for the DUI cases in Lee County for 2015, 2016, and 2017, data generated from the same arrest report showed a varying number of cases from 1,446, 1,527, and 1,491, respectively.