Definition of pertinent terms.

The text of Amendment 2 contains a number of terms that were left undefined. SB 8-A provides definitions for the majority of these terms. The definitions for terms of most importance to physicians are set forth below:

Caregivermeans a resident of this state who has agreed to assist with a qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana, has a caregiver identification card, and meets the requirements of subsection (6).

Chronic nonmalignant painmeans pain that is caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.

Ediblesmeans commercially produced food items made with marijuana oil, but no other form of marijuana, that are produced and dispensed by a medical marijuana treatment center.

“Low-THC cannabis” (retains its definition under the 2014 legislation) means a plant of the genus Cannabis, the dried flowers of which contain 0.8 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol and more than 10 percent of cannabidiol weight for weight; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; or any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant or its seeds or resin that is dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center.

“Marijuana” means all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extract- ed from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin, including low-THC cannabis, which are dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center for medical use by a qualified patient.

“Marijuana delivery device” means an object used, intend- ed for use, or designed for use in preparing, storing, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body, and which is dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center for medical use by a qualified patient.

Medical directormeans a person who holds an active, unrestricted license as an allopathic physician under chapter 458 or osteopathic physician under chapter 459 and is in compliance with the requirements of paragraph (3)(c) (i.e. has complied with the educational requirement).

“Medical use” means the acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration of marijuana authorized by a physician certification. (The term is further defined by setting forth specifically what the term does not include – clarification particularly of interest to the patient).

  • “Physician certification” means a qualified physician’s authorization for a qualified patient to receive marijuana and a marijuana delivery device from a medical marijuana treatment center.
  • “Qualified patient” means a resident of Florida who has been added to the medical marijuana use registry by a qualified physician to receive marijuana or a marijuana delivery device for a medical use and who has a qualified patient identification card.
  • “Qualified physician” means a person who holds an active, unrestricted license as an allopathic physician under chapter 458 or as an osteopathic physician under chapter 459 and is in compliance with the physician education requirements of sub- section (3) (i.e. has completed the educational requirements).
  • “Smoking” means burning or igniting a substance and inhaling the smoke

“Terminal condition” means a progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, and will result in death within one year after diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course.

 

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Medical marijuana is available in Florida,
however, remains illegal under federal law.