Medical Cannabis Testing Resources & Information

Florida Medical Cannabis Laws                                                                       

The state of Florida’s Medical Cannabis Laws are found in Fla. Stat. § 381.986. With regard to quality control and quality insurance testing of medical cannabis products, the statute provides that a Dispensing Organization must:

“Test the processed low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis before they are dispensed. Results must be verified and signed by two dispensing organization employees. Before dispensing low-THC cannabis, the dispensing organization must determine that the test results indicate that the low-THC cannabis meets the definition of low-THC cannabis and, for medical cannabis and low-THC cannabis, that all medical cannabis and low-THC cannabis is safe for human consumption and free from contaminants that are unsafe for human consumption. The dispensing organization must retain records of all testing and samples of each homogenous batch of cannabis and low-THC cannabis for at least 9 months. The dispensing organization must contract with an independent testing laboratory to perform audits on the dispensing organization’s standard operating procedures, testing records, and samples and provide the results to the department to confirm that the low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis meets the requirements of this section and that the medical cannabis and low-THC cannabis is safe for human consumption.” (Fla. Stat. § 381.986(6)(b)(2))

However, Florida Senate Bill 8A was passed during the 2017 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Scott on June 23, 2017. Importantly, all medical marijuana products will now be required to be tested by an Medical Marijuana Testing Laboratory, such as MCS, for quality control and quality assurance. MCS has been lobbying for such a requirements since 2014 and believe it is essential to ensure that Florida’s patients receive safe medication. The statutes and regulations will be amended accordingly.

Florida’s medical marijuana industry is regulated and overseen by the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU), which is a part of the Florida Department of Health. The OMMU website has a number of resources for Florida’s medical cannabis patients and physicians. These include:

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