Timeline: Medicinal Marijuana in Florida

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Here’s the history of Florida’s medicinal marijuana law and a look at a proposed constitutional amendment that could appear on the 2016 ballot.

May 1, 2014: Florida Legislature passes Senate Bill 1030 called the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.”

June 16, 2014: Florida Governor Rick Scott signs bill into law.

May 27, 2015: Detailed rules regarding restrictions and implementation of “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014” approved.

July 8, 2015: Applications accepted for potential cannabis dispensing organizations.

Nov. 23, 2015: Approved cannabis dispensing organizations announced.

Dec. 9, 2015: Deadline for cannabis dispensing organizations to post $5 million performance bonds.

Feb. 7, 2016: Deadline for cannabis dispensing organizations to request cultivation authorization.

210 Days: Deadline for cannabis dispensing organizations to begin cultivating is 210 days after cultivation authorization.

June 2016: Alpha Surterra expected to begin dispensing low-THC cannabis to patients in the Tampa Bay area (southwest region).

November 2016: Voters to decide on proposed Florida constitutional amendment allowing medical use of marijuana. Measure is not as restrictive as current law and would allow medical use of marijuana for people with debilitating medical conditions. Patients and caregivers would have ID cards. Read the ballot language here. 

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