9 Florida Physicians Legally Allowed To Order Marijuana Oil

FLORIDA:  Under the Charlotte’s Web law, 9 doctors in the state of Florida have legally been given the go ahead to start ordering a cannabis oil that is processed from a low-THC strain of marijuana. The Floridian law also mandates that each doctor complete an 8-hour continuing education course (CME), and pass an examination.

Louis Rotundo, who lobbies for the Florida Medical Cannabis Association (FMCA), believes that, “This is probably one of the better kept secrets – that this course is ready.” The course has been available for approximately 2 weeks now.

Rotundo says that because there is so much confusion with regards to the proposed rules for the Charlotte’s Web law, because the FMCA challenged the proposed state regulations for medicinal marijuana, which unfortunately delayed the Charlotte’s Web law from being implemented. Rotundo says that he feels some physicians will opt to wait and see what the rules are going to be before deciding whether or not to follow down this grassy path. 

Chris Moya, doesnt share the same sentiment, instead he says that, “The apathetic numbers indicate the demand is not out there amongst physicians and families. A good example of patient demand not being what many claimed it was during session.”

Judge Rejects Lottery For Florida Medical Marijuana Growers, Orders Health Department To Write New Rules

FLORIDA:  From the beginning, AltMed, a Lakewood Ranch-based medical marijuana company, has preferred a merit-based selection process over the controversial lottery to pick the nurseries that would grow and dispense this type of cannabis.

After an administrative law judge’s ruling on Friday to reject the lottery, AltMed co-executive chairman Michael Smullen said he is “very happy that there isn’t going to be a lottery.” Judge W. David Watkins of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings rejected the lottery, a decision that coFlorida Division of Administrative Hearings uld also impact when the marijuana will be available to patients.

“I knew that the lottery became strictly a chance-based scenario and it wasn’t merit-based or experience-based. And to me, I had to object to it,” Watkins stated in his order, which he issued after he reviewed chemical and safety issues and testimony from growers.

Now the Florida Department of Health must start from scratch, rewriting and mapping out a new plan for growing, processing and selling a form of medical marijuana, known as Charlotte’s Web. This will cause a delay in being able to grow and display the medical marijuana, which has been AltMed’s concern from the beginning with bringing any kind of lawsuit against the rules, Smullen said.


Another Challenge To Florida Department Of Health’s Medical Marijuana Rule

FLORIDA:  A trade association Wednesday challenged the Florida Department of Health‘s plan for carrying out a new medical-marijuana law, adding to two challenges filed earlier in the week.

The Florida Medical Cannabis Association is asking an administrative law judge to reject a department rule unveiled this month.

The earlier challenges were filed by nurseries Plants of Ruskin, Inc., and Costa Farms.

The cases stem from a law passed this spring that allows strains of marijuana low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD. Supporters say the substances can help children with severe forms of epilepsy and some people with other medical conditions.