Medical cannabis patients in Florida have been subject to new THC limits since the beginning of this week, imposed by the state’s Department of Health.
Introduced after claims of irresponsible prescribing by some doctors, Emergency Rule 64ER22-8, Dosing and Supply Limits for Medical Marijuana, came into effect on August 29.
The new daily dose and 70- day supply limits for THC are:
- Edibles: 60 mg , 4,200 mg
- Inhalation (e.g., vaporization): 350 mg, 24,500 mg
- Oral (e.g., capsules, tinctures) 200 mg , 14,000 mg
- Sublingual (e.g., sublingual tinctures) 190 mg, 13,300 mg
- Suppository 195 mg, 13,650 mg
- Topical (e.g., creams) 150 mg, 10,500 mg
- Marijuana in a form for smoking 2.025 grams, N/A (maximum of 2.5 ounces of marijuana in its smokable form every 35 days).
An aggregate 70-day supply limit of marijuana, other than in smokable form, is not permitted to exceed 24,500 mg of THC. Further details on the rule, including some exemptions available can be found here.
While the new limits may seem quite high, some patients in Florida buy in bulk to take advantage of savings and the new rule came as a shock.
Commenting on the situation, Florida Cannabis Action Network said:
“..they have made it hard for patients to get their product at discounted rates and when it is most convenient for them and for their wallet.”
The organisation wants to hear from qualified patients in Florida who maintain a medical marijuana card regarding the dosing limits.
Accessing medical marijuana in Florida is quite simple. So simple in fact there is growing support for legalising recreational marijuana and just be done with it. But that can bring challenges for medical patients as has been demonstrated in other states where adult use marijuana is legal. Medical marijuana patients have found the products they are accustomed to disappear as manufacturers switch to focusing on the recreational market.
While getting a medical marijuana card in Florida may be simple, it isn’t cheap – the registry application and renewal fees are $75, but an annual recommendation from a licensed physician can cost anywhere up to $300.