As CBD-mania sweeps through the country, Florida has been hit hard. The CBD industry in the state continues to grow, and consumers become more interested in the substance as a potential form of alternative treatment with each passing day. As CBD and cannabis continue to be the subject of hundreds of research studies all over the world, citizens and legislators alike have been forced to evaluate how changing laws apply to the growing industry.
In Florida, lawmakers have responded to the hype by dividing CBD products into two distinct categories. In the first, Florida recognizes high-THC CBD derived from the cannabis plant. This form of CBD is only legal if it is used under the state’s medical marijuana program, which allows select sufferers with qualifying conditions to purchase, possess, and use marijuana products without threat of legal repercussions.
Additionally, Florida allows consumers, even without a doctor’s recommendation, to purchase any amount of industrial hemp CBD. Hemp CBD contains very little THC, the key ingredient that gives marijuana users that characteristic “high.” This form of CBD does not show up on most drug tests and is legal in all cases in the state of Florida.
Florida Medical Marijuana
A 2014 Florida law legalized medical marijuana usage for all patients who have “life-threatening diseases.” However, the state’s law is unique in the fact that it requires marijuana products accessed under its guise to possess a relatively low THC content. Patients who qualify with one of several illnesses can obtain a recommendation from their physician for a place on the state’s medical cannabis registry.
After this recommendation is secured, qualifying consumers can purchase medical marijuana and cannabis CBD oils from one of the state’s licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. At this time, only patients with a medical marijuana card can make a purchase from these dispensaries, and they must be above the legal age to do so.
Florida and Hemp CBD
CBD derived from the industrial hemp plant contains only trace amounts of THC and typically cannot create a “high.” According to the federal farm bill of 2014, the industrial hemp industry is legal. The only stipulations to this blanket legalization are that companies must only manufacture and distribute hemp products with a THC level of below 0.3%, and these products must be derived from the hemp plant—not the cannabis plant.
Though this guide was created as a resource and all attempts were made to ensure accuracy, readers are responsible for making sure that they follow all relevant local, state, and federal laws.