How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida [2019 Guide]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on May 27, 2019

How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card

Even though Amendment 2 came into effect in Florida back in January 2017 (which allows patients with a debilitating medical condition to purchase medical weed), it’s only been somewhat recently that dispensaries have actually started opening up in abundance across the state. (This has been due to the long, drawn out process that growers have to go through in order to open up a legal medical dispensary).

Now that the dozens of stores are up and open for business, though, more and more residents are starting to wonder how to get a medical marijuana card in Florida. Fortunately, the process is pretty well-organized and streamlined for user-friendliness: if you are a legal Florida resident and are in need of a Florida marijuana license (MMJ Card), then this comprehensive guide is for you.

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida: The Complete Rundown


The general process of applying for and obtaining medical cannabis in Florida has actually stayed more or  less the same since the state began its program back in 2017. As a valid resident with verification of residency, the process for how to get a medical marijuana card in Florida is a follows:

Step 1) Get your medical records and make an appointment with a doctor

The first step in getting a Florida medical marijuana card is to obtain your medical records and receive a signed physician’s statement from a doctor. The doctor has to have a medical marijuana license in Florida, and must be registered in the state’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry(Check here for an updated list of Florida medical marijuana doctors).

Additionally, you must be a patient of the ordering doctor for at least three months prior receiving an MMJ recommendation. Also please note that in order to get a medical cannabis card in Florida, you MUST be a resident of the state. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example a Florida I.D, passport, or another form of photo identification.

Step 2) Go to your MMJ Doctor Consultation

Once you have found a qualified physician in the state, sent your complete medical history to their office, and made an appointment for an MMJ consultation, the physician will then enter your name and information into the Florida Marijuana Use Registry (aka the Compassionate Care Registry), which is run by the Department of Health. You will not be able to apply for your FL MMJ card until you are officially in the Registry.

  • Applications can be submitted by your doctor, or you can submit them on your own behalf.
  • You must be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry by their ordering physician.

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Step 3) Complete and submit your application online

Once your doctor has approved you for medical marijuana use and you are in the registry, you can then submit a completed application to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (or you can have the physician’s office submit it on your behalf).

Submitting the application is by far the longest part of the process – in some instances, it can take upwards of two months for the DOH to review your application and issue you your MMJ card, even if all of your paperwork is in order.

What are the Florida Medical Cannabis Card Costs?

When applying for a medical marijuana card in Florida (also called a “Compassionate Use Registry Card), applicants have two fees to pay:

  1. The initial fee to meet with the qualified physician (cost varies depending on location)
  2. The registration fee for the application itself, which is $75

Also, full-face, passport-type color photographs are required, so this may be an additional small cost. The cost to meet with a qualified physician can vary, though on average it seems to be around $150. Also, once issued to you, the MMJ card does have to be renewed annually – this includes having to pay your doctor consult fees and the $75 registration fee again.

[More information on the FL MMJ application process can be found by visiting the official website of the Office of Medical Marijuana Use].

What are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Florida?

Patients in Florida that have been diagnosed with one of the following “debilitating medical conditions” are afforded legal protection under the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (as per Amendment 2):

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS / Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Seizures
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Any ailment/condition “of the same severity/symptoms” (as determined by the recommending physician)

Other Important Information on the Florida Medical Marijuana License Process

While we’ve outlined the very general process for for how to apply for medical marijuana, Florida also has a few “unique” rules and regulations that all patients should be aware of before buying, possessing, or using medical cannabis in the state. Here are some of the most common FAQ with regard to medical weed in Florida:

My Florida Medical Marijuana Card has Expired. How Do I Get a Renewal?

To maintain an active Compassionate Use Registry identification card, a patient (or their legal representative) must annually submit a renewal application, along with the application fee and any required accompanying documents to the department forty-five (45) days prior to the card expiration date.

Once I have my Florida MMJ card, where can I buy marijuana?

Once your application is approved and you receive your legal marijuana card, you or your legal caretaker will be able to buy cannabis products from a licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTC) in the state of Florida. Currently, there are just under 80 operating locations in the state. If you do not leave near a physical location, however, most dispensaries offer free delivery across the entire state.

Once I have my MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?

No. Florida law only allows the licensed dispensing organizations to grow, process and dispense marijuana. The department will refer any business or individual suspected of violating state law to local law enforcement for investigation. It is important to remember that marijuana is illegal under federal law.

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Can I take My Meds to a Different State?

No. According to current laws in the state, patients who obtain a medical card may only use medical marijuana in Florida. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana.

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana in Florida?

Florida law has several requirements for patients to be eligible to receive low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis. Here are the general outlines for MMJ use within the state:

Qualifying condition A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition (see full list above)
Residency All MMJ patients must be a Florida resident, and be able to provide proof of residency
Age limitations If under the age of 18, a Florida patient must have a second physician agree to the use of medical cannabis in order to obtain a valid MMJ identification card
Prior treatments A qualified MMJ patient must have tried other forms of treatment without success
Physician determination The recommending physician must determine that the risk(s) of cannabis use are “reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient”
Compassionate Use Registry All patients must be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry by their ordering physician

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Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere in Florida?

Similar to most states with an active MMJ program, the use of any form of medical cannabis in Florida is prohibited in public places. Also, patients are not allowed to smoke their meds; all medications must be consumed in a private location, and may only be consumed through the use of an oil tincture or vaporizing device.

Attorney John Morgan is currently challenging the ban on smoking marijuana in Florida, with the case set to be heard in a Tallahassee appeals court in January, 2019.

How Much Medical Cannabis Should I consume?

We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a Florida marijuana licensed physician before using. When you receive your recommendation however, the ordering doctor will disclose how much cannabis you are allowed to purchase per month, as well as what types of products you are allowed to buy (some patients will only be allowed access to high-CBD/low-THC products).

[If you have any other questions on how to get a medical marijuana card in Florida, feel free to view our Florida FAQ Page or contact us through our Facebook page!]

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  1. Anonymous MMJ Patient
    Some recent info

    Unsure where these comments about thousands of dollars for a card are coming from. This is misinformation and wrong. The state charges 75 dollars a year. Most Dr charge below 200 for the evaluation and to submit your packet. That’s it.

    No one is coming to take your concealed permit. This is again misinformation.

    If your job drug tests this card will do nothing to change that. Cannabis is still illegal under federal law, thus drug testing is still allowed and you can be fired or not offered employment due to a positive test.

    No Medicare, Medicaid, insurance or other type of coverage. See above comment about federal law status for reason.

    As of March 2019 smokable cannabis, aka flower, is allowed in the FL medical marijuana program. Thank you Mr. Morgan of Morgan and Morgan for fighting this!!!!

    As of June 2019 the average wait time until email with temp card, which allows for purchase of cannabis seems to be around 9 business days if all paperwork is correct. Many old sites report months, this isn’t still the case but one off cases exist I’m sure. Expect a month and you should be happily surprised by it arriving before then.

    You can be treated for pain. It’s a little confusing how it’s worded but if you have documented pain issues with your primary Dr of more than 3 months this can qualify you. The MJ Dr is your advocate and there to help you obtain a card as long as it’s for a medical purpose. The card isn’t a get high legally card, it is for medical use. I have found the doctors to be very compassionate and very versed in all aspects of cannabis as a treatment. Shop around, read reviews, cheaper isn’t always better. You get what you pay for.

    If you are unhappy with any aspects of the current program stop complaining and go vote. FL residents passes amendment 2, which I never imagined would happen, but it did. Do a little research online and find out which canidates support federal legalization and which support recreational if that’s your desire. Then vote for them. Support their campaigns and spread the word. Complaining on Facebook doesn’t count.

  2. Dave
    Moving to Florida

    Will it be any easier if I have a card from California? I am sure I will have to go through the whole process but I just need to renew it.

    1. Mary Giordano
      Easy breezy FL MDMJ process

      I’m 64 yrs old and went to local MJ doc referred to me by my PCP. I was approved same day by doc and registered for MDMJ card next day. Doc consult fee was $170 and FL registration was $75. These fees will repeat annually. I live in N Palm Beach County FL. Super easy and fast. Still waiting for email from state but I just registered yesterday. Once I receive state email confirming I’m approved to purchase MDMJ (should receive in 5-14 days) I can go anywhere in FL to purchase prescribed MJ from any MJ dispensary. Hard ID card will arrive in mail shortly. Just take email and drivers license or other photo ID to purchase MDMJ before your card arrives.

    2. Adam

      You’d have to check with the state as normally a card from one state isn’t valid in another.

  3. David
    More ?s

    My issue is no sleep I lay awake alot, sleeping 3 or 4 hours a nite.
    Will this be enough?

    Explain the records section.
    I have no dr. So no records

    1. Craig

      Use Indica strains to sleep, Sativa strains for lift. Hybrids anytime

    2. Frank

      You need to see your Doctor or a Doctor and be diagnosed with a problem that qualifies for a Medical Cannabis card. Then you need to show you have been treated for that condition and the treatment isnt working. Bring those records to you Cannabis Doctor who will determine if you qualify for a card.

  4. Daniel west
    Age requirement

    How old do you have to be to get a card?

    1. Adam

      18 years old

  5. N S
    Drug test

    What if you work at a job that requires drugs due to workers comp or random drug screening? Would this be exempt from thawing this card? my main concern is I can’t sleep from all the anxiety and PTSD. I would do this at night if considering getting one.

  6. carl muller
    coverage any coverage by medicaid or medicare?

    is and of this covered by medicade or medicare?

    1. Craig manner
      Get serious

      Of course not. Get serious

  7. Amanda
    Temp card email

    How long does it take to get your temp card by email?

    1. Anderson
      2-4 weeks

      2 to 4 weeks usually.

  8. James F
    Apply Sooner?

    I left my card renewal application, with the complete paperwork, about 30 days prior to expiry. However I got the renewal about 2 months later. So there was roughly a gap of 1 month. Now my wife’s card is also about to expire in 3 months. Can we apply sooner than 45 days to the deadline?

    1. Craig
      Catch up to the 21st century.

      Any one who has not tried MJ for medical conditions, have missed a LIFETIME of relief and if you have fought to keep MJ illegal, you DESERVE all your pain. Just look how CBD products are now the rage. Pathetic that ignorance is still rampant. You deserve to be poor.

    2. Craig


  9. Darrow Nutter
    Finding a inexpensive Doctor

    Need to find a Med. Marijuana Doc that doesn’t charge a arm and a leg, in Sebring FL.33870 may under $200.00 .. any help would be greatful, THANK YOU,, DARROW

  10. Michael Dietelbach
    Concealed Carry License

    Do you have to give up your Concealed Carry License if you get an MMJ card?

    1. Jimmy
      Concealed license

      That would Suck !

  11. Lois J Einsele
    Marijuana should be as legal and as easy to buy as liquor.

    I think the way the state of FL has set up the guidelines just to get a marijuana card is way out of line. It looks like it’s close to $1000 a year just to have and maintain it. Some of us who would benefit from its use cannot afford it. And a card in one state should by honored in all states. And, why in the world is marijuana considered a class 1 drug anyway?? Everyone knows the effects of liquor gives everyone who consumes it a new set of brains..just look at the number of people killed in driver impaired auto accidents on a daily and yearly basis..they can’t walk a straight line, talk or think and it also has the effect of causing people to become violent . Marijuana is a healer, it’s a feel good wonderful thing, it helps people to think and should be legal , not killer liquor. Also, people will just continue to make the cartels and drug dealers multi millionaires by getting it cheaper on the streets.. Why isn’t the state taking advantage of this income ? Get with it US and FL, liquor is the terrible killer drug. If Marijuana is a Class 1 drug then that which kills and maims thousands on a yearly basis should most definitely be a made a Class 1 drug.

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