Florida’s medical marijuana program notched a significant milestone last week when the state’s Department of Health reported more than 100,000 patients have enrolled in the Office of Medical Marijuana Use’s (OMMU) registry.
But like everything else associated with the fledgling program, there is confusion about what that actually means.
While some lawmakers are heralding the enrollment increase as a statutory trigger for OMMU to authorize more Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC) to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana to meet the growing demand, the agency is saying enrollment in the registry is not the correct benchmark.
The Florida Department of Health (FDH) issued a statement that, in its view, OMMU must issue more MMTC licenses when the number of patients with “approved ID card applications” tops 100,000.
As of April 20, while the number of patients in the registry was 100,576, those with the number of “approved ID card applications” was 75,208.
Bureaucratic discord has hampered the program since voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 2 in November 2016 to expand medical marijuana access and, while legislators have been