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Medical Marijuana Meals In Florida: What Does The New Legislation Imply?

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Florida residents can finally buy medical marijuana food thanks to new laws in the state. The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use announced in August 2020 that medical marijuana dispensaries could start selling medical marijuana foods in the state.

While you may be celebrating, a few things need to be understood about this new option. Florida Medical Marijuana Law has all of the vital information you need to take advantage of this option.

What are medical marijuana foods?

Medical marijuana foods are a range of THC-infused foods, capsules, and lozenges. They produce long-lasting and safe effects for those who use medical marijuana to treat medical conditions. They promote euphoria and relaxation and increase appetite as they also help suppress anxiety and fatigue.

Image by Jeff W on Unsplash: Is Food Legal in Florida? You are now!

Florida Medical Marijuana Edibles Act

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state of Florida for several years, but food legalization has been delayed. This was done so the OMMU could establish product standards that are safe for medical marijuana users.

Food sold in the state of Florida must comply with laws that help ensure safe food production. In addition, the THC symbol must be clearly visible on the packaging of every edible.

Some other legal requirements for medical marijuana foods include:

No more than 10 milligrams of THC in an edible servingNo more than 200 milligrams of THC in edible foods with multiple servings Servings must be marked with the universal THC content symbol unless the serving size is too small to absorb

The law also makes it clear that medical marijuana foods must not contain any unnatural color additives. This means that only vegetable or fruit colors may be used.

Florida Medical Marijuana Foods: Product Shapes Limited

As a precaution for the safety of children, foods infused with THC must adhere to strict guidelines for appearance. THC rubbers can only be in the shape of a diamond, oval, square, parallelogram, rectangle, circle or triangle. The packaging must also not be conspicuous, which means that bright, fun packaging cannot be used. It just can’t look like candy for kids in any way.

Florida MMJ Laws: What Types Of Food Can Be Buyed In Florida?

Food in every category is now regulated in Florida by food production standards under the OMMU. There are no real surprises here as companies that make medical marijuana foods in Florida can now develop these types of products:

PralinesLozengesBaked GoodsGelatins

The only restriction is that chocolate-based foods cannot contain fruits, marshmallows, caramel, nuts, nougat, honey, or any other type of special fillings. It can only be formulated with carob, milk, or dark chocolate.

How edible is different from smoking medical marijuana

For many who cannot tolerate smoking cannabis, food offers a convenient, safe, and easy way to get a dose of THC to aid in the treatment of ailment. The main difference between consuming THC and smoking it is that it can take you a while to feel the effects of an edible medicine. This is due to the fact that the edible must pass through the digestive system and be absorbed, which simply takes longer than it to be absorbed through the lungs or skin.

In general, the effects of foods last for about five to six hours, but this varies from person to person. How much THC you consume has a direct impact on how long the effects last. For this reason, if you are new to food, it is always recommended that you start slowly and work your way up to a dose that is right for you. This way you can avoid unpleasant effects that are more intense and last longer than you would like.

MMJRecs - MMJ foodsImage by Margo Amala on Unsplash: Medicinal marijuana foods in Florida come in all varieties.

Get your Florida MMJ Card

To take advantage of the new Florida groceries, you’ll need an MMJ card from a qualified, state-certified doctor. In addition to having a doctor qualify your state of health, you will also need to provide proof of residency in the state. Then you can access many different MMJ products.

Selected image from Herbadea Berlin on Unsplash

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