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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to focus on the health and safety of Florida’s families and is dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We are pleased to provide this weekly update on the DOH Office of Medical Marijuana Use’s (OMMU) diligent work implementing the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in section 381.986, F.S. (2018). The Department of Health has appealed the April 11, 2018, order entered by Judge Karen Gievers regarding home grow. Judge Giever’s order lifting the stay only applies to the Plaintiff, Joseph Redner. The department has filed a motion to reinstate the stay. At this time, there has been no change to the general prohibition on home grow. The department remains committed to ensuring that all medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis is dispensed according to the law.

The Florida Department of Health and its diverse partners on the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Steering Committee have completed the comprehensive SHIP, which is a five-year plan that includes strategic interventions designed to make a positive impact on the health of all Floridians.

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