Florida Senate - 2019 SB 156 By Senator Thurston 33-00503-19 2019156__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to state taxes or fees; amending s. 3 381.986, F.S.; requiring the Department of Health to 4 impose initial application and biennial renewal fees 5 for the licensing of medical marijuana retail 6 facilities; providing a contingent effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (9) of section 11 381.986, Florida Statutes, as added by SB ____, is amended to 12 read: 13 381.986 Medical use of marijuana.— 14 (9) MEDICAL MARIJUANA RETAIL FACILITIES.—The department 15 shall license medical marijuana retail facilities to ensure 16 reasonable statewide accessibility and availability as necessary 17 for qualified patients registered in the medical marijuana use 18 registry and who are issued a physician certification under this 19 section. The department shall begin issuing medical marijuana 20 retail facility licenses by August 1, 2019. 21 (a) An applicant for licensure as a medical marijuana 22 retail facility shall apply to the department on a form 23 prescribed by the department and adopted in rule. The department 24 shall adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 25 establishing a procedure for the issuance and biennial renewal 26 of licenses. The department shall impose initial application and 27 biennial renewal fees sufficient to cover the costs of 28 implementing and administering this subsection. The department 29 shall identify applicants with strong diversity plans reflecting 30 this state’s commitment to diversity and it shall implement 31 training programs and other educational programs to enable 32 minority persons and minority business enterprises, as defined 33 in s. 288.703, and veteran business enterprises, as defined in 34 s. 295.187, to qualify for medical marijuana retail facility 35 licensure and contracts. The department shall issue a license to 36 an applicant if the applicant meets the requirements of this 37 subsection and rules adopted under this subsection. The 38 department shall renew the licensure of a medical marijuana 39 retail facility biennially if the licensee meets the 40 requirements of this subsection and rules adopted under this 41 subsection. An individual may not be an applicant, owner, 42 officer, board member, or manager on more than one application 43 for licensure as a medical marijuana retail facility. An 44 individual or entity may not be awarded more than one license as 45 a medical marijuana retail facility. Each medical marijuana 46 retail facility license is valid for one physical location. A 47 medical marijuana treatment center may not be awarded a license 48 to operate a medical marijuana retail facility. 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect on the same date that 50 SB ____ or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 51 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 52 thereof and becomes law.