Medical marijuana dispensaries expect smokable pot to soon be available after Florida issues rules

South Florida’s medical marijuana dispensaries say they’ll be ready to roll out smokable pot products after they receive state guidelines.

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation to legalize smokable medical marijuana. The new law, effective March 18, allows a qualified physician to determine that smoking medical marijuana is appropriate for a patient. Florida previously had a ban on smokable medical marijuana.

“We stand ready to meet the needs of patients whose doctors order smokable products,” said Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve, the largest dispensary company in the state, based in Quincy.

Trulieve said while it couldn’t disclose specific smokable products, all new products will be sold at each of its 25 dispensaries statewide, including those in South Florida.

Allowing smokable medical marijuana has been controversial since Florida voters passed the constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in 2016.

The new law requires a patient’s informed consent form to include the negative health risks associated with smoking marijuana. It also prohibits a physician from certifying a patient under 18 years of age to smoke marijuana for medical use unless the patient is diagnosed with a terminal condition.

Under the law, qualified patients can buy up to a 210-day supply at a time, the equivalent of six 35-day doses of a maximum 2.5 ounces. or 561-243-6650, twitter: @marciabiz