Florida Health Department Halts Sale of New Cannabis

Florida’s Department of Health ordered a dispensary to quit selling a particular cannabis product that was being altered to become a smokable cannabis product. Smoking cannabis is not allowed in the state of Florida under current laws, but vaping cannabis is allowed. Trulieve is one of the seven licensed cannabis vendors in the state and began selling whole cannabis flower product designed for vaping; they were being sold at retail dispensaries and home delivery services as well.

The Department of Health originally approved Trulieve to sell sealed vaporizer cups containing cannabis flower, for vaping; but, Trulieve designed the cups with a mesh cap that can be easily removed and not reattached, promoting the illegal use of the flowers in smokable form of joints or pipes.

The state currently allows patients suffering from a number of qualifying medical conditions to use low-THC cannabis. Patients are allowed to vape the plant, but are prohibited from smoking it in any form.

The Office of Compassionate Use Director Christian Bax has filed a cease-and-desist letter this past week to Trulieve to combat this issue, and according to Associated Press, the CEO of the company, Kim Rivers, replied that the company already issues warnings to patients that the product should only be used for vaping. While this is not a solution to the problem, it may protect the company for now.

The Office of Compassionate Use also found that the vaporizer it advertises for use with the vaporizer cups is only available to purchase online, which would hinder the possibility of people purchasing it with the purchase of the vaporizer cups. Without a device, people will resort to other means. The company was also unable to show how to use the product with the vaporizer.

The company has been offering a whole-flower vaporizer cup for over a year now, since the company began, and feels strongly about offering an option for patients to get the entourage effect from consuming the whole natural flower, and not just an isolated oil or derivative.

“We feel very strongly that having products available that allow patients to have a choice and to benefit from the entourage effect, also available to physicians to make recommendations to patients, is critical,” Rivers stated. “This has always been part of our product line and will continue to be in the future.”

Source: Culture Magazine