The Florida Legislature passed a 78-page bill relating to medical use of marijuana. Under the new bill, a person must be a “qualified patient” – or diagnosed by a physician — or a caregiver, in order to use or handle medical marijuana. In addition, the Department of Health is required to create and maintain a secure, electronic and online medical use registry for doctors, patients and caregivers that is accessible to law enforcement agencies. Smoking of the substance is not allowed under any circumstances under the Legislation. Law enforcement should be knowledgeable about the term “medical use,” which only means acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration. Criminal penalties are set forth in the bill.

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