HB 63 – Revamps Florida’s current Low THC Medical Marijuana Law. The proposed bill would remove the limit on the number of approved/licensed businesses (currently, only five) and expand the number of medical conditions that would qualify for use of Low THC cannabis (currently, only cancer patients and sufferers of seizures). UPDATE: This bill was withdrawn prior to introduction.
SB 460 (HB 307; companion bill) – Expands on a previously enacted law that allows terminally-ill patients to gain access to experimental drugs that have not been approved by the FDA. The proposed bill would allow terminally-ill patients, upon doctor approval, to use medical marijuana in a non-smokeable form (and not limited to non-euphoric, Low THC cannabis). The medical marijuana would be dispensed by the five businesses approved/licensed under Florida’s current Low THC Medical Marijuana Law.
SB 852 (HB 1183; companion bill but would not allow smokeable forms) – Would significantly expand the availability and types of medical marijuana for patients suffering from a myriad of medical conditions (ranging from conditions such as Parkinson’s and AIDS to “severe and persistent pain”). The proposed bill establishes a production, processing and dispensing framework that would likely have been implemented under the constitutional amendment voted on in November 2014 (which failed to pass by a slim margin) and that will likely be implemented under the proposed constitutional amendment to be voted on in November 2016. The framework favors a “free market approach,” in that the number of licensed/approved businesses that wish to dispense medical marijuana would only be limited in number based on population. Businesses wishing to grow or process medical marijuana would not be limited.