Beginning Monday, August 29, 2022, the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (Registry) will be updated pursuant to section 381.986(4)(f), Florida Statutes (F.S.), which states, in part, “The department [of Health] shall quantify by rule a daily dose amount with equivalent dose amounts for each allowable form of marijuana dispensed by a medical marijuana treatment center. The department shall use the daily dose amount to calculate a 70-day supply.” In compliance with Florida law, the Department of Health has published Emergency Rule 64ER22-8, Dosing and Supply Limits for Medical Marijuana, to determine daily dose amounts and 70-day supply limits for approved routes of administration of marijuana (excluding low-THC cannabis).
The limits for medical marijuana in Florida are as follows:
- Edibles: 60 mg THC Daily Dose Amount – 4,200 mg THC Total 70 Day Supply Limit.
- Inhalation (e.g., vape/concentrates): 350 mg THC Daily Dose Amount – 24,500 mg THC Total 70 Day Supply Limit.
- Oral (e.g., capsules, tinctures): 200 mg THC Daily Dose Amount – 14,000 mg THC Total 70 Day Supply Limit.
- Sublingual (e.g., sublingual tinctures): 190 mg THC Daily Dose Amount – 13,300 mg THC Total 70 Day Supply Limit.
- Suppository (everyone’s favorite): 195 mg THC Daily Dose Amount – 13,650 mg THC Total 70 Day Supply Limit.
- Topical (e.g., creams/lotions): 150 mg THC Daily Dose Amount – 10,500 mg THC Total 70 Day Supply Limit.
- Medical Marijuana in a form of smoking: 2.025 grams/Daily – 2.5 oz / 35 Days – Can’t posses anymore than 4.0 oz total.
Now, these limits are based on an aggregate (total) 70-day supply limit of marijuana, other than marijuana in a form for smoking, all other routes shall not exceed 24,500 mg of THC Total.
Furthermore, pursuant to section 381.986(4)(f)1., F.S., a qualified physician may request an exception to the daily dose amount for their qualified patient by electronically submitting the “Request for Exception” form in the Registry. Upon receiving the information and documentation required by the form and determining the form is complete, the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) will approve or disapprove the complete “Request for Exception” form within 14 calendar days. Prior to the form’s approval, a qualified patient will only be authorized to obtain the daily dose amounts determined by the Rule.
Each approved exception is valid for up to the duration of the qualified patient’s physician certification; therefore, a qualified physician will need to submit a new “Request for Exception” form with each new certification they create in which a daily dose amount exceeds the determined limits as set forth by the Florida medical marijuana program director.
Medical marijuana doctors in Florida who accept a qualified patient who has an existing certification with an approved exception request from their previous qualified physician, will have seven (7) calendar days to close the existing certification, including the approved exception request.
An active Florida medical marijuana physician certification issued before the effective date of Emergency Rule 64ER22-8 (August 29, 2022) that exceeds the daily dose amount defined by the Rule, and begins within 210 days of the effective date of the Rule, will be valid for the remainder of said physician certification(s). However, should a qualified physician make any modifications to an existing certification after the effective date of the Rule that would deem the certification in excess of the daily dose amount, the qualified physician must submit a “Request for Exception” form.
An instructional guide on how to submit the “Request for Exception” form in the Registry and other updated instructional guides are attached to this email. These guides can also be found on the OMMU’s website, here: https://KnowTheFactsMMJ.com/
If, after reviewing the Emergency Rule, you or your patients have any questions about this update, please let us know by emailing the OMMU at MedicalMarijuanaUse@FlHealth.
For more on how to qualify for medical marijuana in Florida, contact All Natural MD by phone (800) 250-6737. All Natural MD has locations for medical marijuana all over the State of Florida to better assist you.