US (FL): Agriculture Commissioner criticizes new medical cannabis dosage limits

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is urging Florida health officials to roll back an emergency rule that creates new restrictions on medical cannabis doses, a big issue for more than 700,000 patients that use medical cannabis.

“The rule change is unnecessary, its implementation poorly notified, and its impacts extremely harmful, with hundreds of thousands of patients in Florida no longer able to access their medicine in the quantities they need for effective treatment as determined by their doctors,” Fried said Thursday at a press conference at the state Capitol. Fried was a cannabis lobbyist before becoming Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, and her agency includes state consumer protection.

The Florida Department of Health on Aug. 26 issued an emergency rule that creates limits on dose amounts in various forms of medical cannabis, state documents show. The rule went into effect the following Monday.

The rule states that “a qualified physician may not issue a physician certification for more than three 70-day supply limits of cannabis or more than six 35-day supply limits of cannabis in a form for smoking.”

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