Is Cannabis Legal In Florida?

In Florida, the use of marijuana for recreational purposes is currently not allowed, however, there is a medical marijuana program available for those who have certain qualifying medical conditions.

Cannabis for Medical Use in Florida

Florida passed legislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana in 2016. Under the state’s medical marijuana program, patients with certain qualifying medical conditions are allowed to use and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes. To be eligible for the program, patients must obtain a written recommendation from a licensed physician and register with the state.

As of 2021, there were over 365,000 registered medical marijuana patients in Florida, and the state had licensed over 200 dispensaries to sell marijuana to these patients. In addition to these dispensaries, the state also allows for the operation of licensed production facilities, which are responsible for growing and processing marijuana for sale to patients.

Qualifying Conditions

There are currently 12 official qualifying conditions in the state of Florida, however, if you have one of a number of other unofficial conditions, you may still qualify.

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Seizures
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

Recreational Use of Cannabis in Florida

The state of Florida is having difficulty passing legislation to allow for recreational use. As of today, cannabis use and possession is still illegal.

Where Can I Get Cannabis in Florida?

In Florida, there are over 450 licensed dispensaries that sell medical cannabis products. These state approved dispensaries are specifically licensed to sell marijuana and marijuana-infused products to registered medical marijuana patients only.