How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card [2018 Guide]
September 16, 2018

How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card [2018 Guide]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on September 16, 2018

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 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 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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Here’s the Complete on How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

As a resident of the state, the process on how to get a medical marijuana card in Florida is a follows:

1. The first step to getting a Florida medical marijuana card is to obtain your medical records and get a signed physician’s statement from a doctor who is registered in the state of Florida with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. That doctor has to have a medical marijuana license in Florida. Additionally, you must be a patient of the ordering doctor for at least 3 months prior to the diagnosis.

Please note, 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 photo I.D. If you are from another state it is possible to get a Florida medical card, but it is decided on a case by case basis, by Florida’s Department of Health. (Check here for an updated list of Florida medical marijuana doctors).

2. Once you have met with a qualified physician and are deemed eligible to use medical marijuana, the physician then enters your name and information into the Marijuana Use Registry (aka the Compassionate Care Registry), which is run by the U.S. Department of Health. You will not be able to apply for your 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.

3. Once you are in the registry, you can then submit a completed application to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, or you can have your physician or a legal representative submit it on your behalf (though there are usually additional fees if you have a physician submit it for you).

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: the initial fee to meet with the qualified physician, and then 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 cost). The cost to meet with a qualified physician ranges, though on average it seems to be around $100.

Also, once issued the MMJ card does have to be renewed annually – this includes having to pay the $75 registration fee again

More information on the application process can be found here:

What are Conditions Required to Receive Medical Marijuana in Florida?

Patients in Florida 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 (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • epilepsy
  • glaucoma
  • Seizures
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • or any other ailment/condition of the same severity/symptoms, when determined by a physician’s opinion that the medical use of marijuana would surpass any potential health risks

Other Important Information on the Florida Medical Marijuana License Process

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

To maintain an active Compassionate Use Registry identification card, a patient and/or 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 a legal representative of you will be able to buy cannabis products from a licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTC) in the state of Florida.

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 marijuana is illegal under federal law.

Can I take My Meds to a Different State?

No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Florida only.

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. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?

Florida law has several requirements for patients to be eligible to receive low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis.

  • A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition as stated above
  • A patient must be a Florida resident.
  • If under the age of 18, a patient must have a second physician agree to the use of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis in order to obtain an order from a qualified physician.
  • A patient must have tried other treatments without success.
  • An ordering physician must determine the risks of using low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.
  • A patient must be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry by their ordering physician.

Related Article: 3 Ways to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online (in Minutes)

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

Similar to all states Florida medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. Florida medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly, in the safety of their home or in a private residence.

How Much Should I consume?

We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a Florida marijuana licensed physician before using.

If you have any other questions, feel free to view our Florida FAQ Page or contact us through our Facebook.

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  1. Florence Gail

    I was considering applying for a medical card; however, after reading all the above I am VERY dubious about the process.
    It seems to take FOREVER to get the card.
    A doctor I spoke to said he charges $ 300.00 for his initial visit. Your article states the cost is approximately $ 100.00; then we have to pay each year for the card , PLUS pay for the substance itself, which from my research has varying prices and all this is OUT OF POCKET.
    I don’t think the State should charge that type price for the card and once it is obtained it should be for lifetime not to renew it, at least. Unsure at this point if it’s worth it.

  2. Barbara
    Approved medically paid $75 twice for mj card for going on 2 years & still no meds no I’d card by the state of FL

    My fiancé was born with a rare form of glaucoma, has had 26 surgeries and has a 1 prosthetic eye the other eye sees 2400 or worse , eye drops helps a little but not enough to keep his eye pressure stabilized, we paid the $200 to get seen by a qualified doctor, got entered into the registry with medication prescriptions however have yet to be approved for the marijuana card have submitted several proof of identity items bank statements, is card etc still after 2 renewals now paying $75 I have yet to receive a ID card just got so frustrated with dealing with this have about given up I, their last excuse was address on I’d card doesn’t match but again submitted other documents this is ridiculous and about to try 1 more time with voter card and passport I ordered a new I’d card showing current I’d card their wasn’t a need to change address was correct in dmv system just never received it in mail when paid for it, my fiancée works full time have twin toddlers and a autistic daughter and I cannot drive so difficult for us to get out, but yes I imagine once they receive my latest identity proof they will require to go pay the doctor again to get a new referral or subscription in order to now use my my ID card I have paid the fees twice to obtain but still haven’t received

    1. Adam

      Unfortunately the state is in a mess with the current demand for MMJ cards. We will do our best to help with the process

  3. Ann

    My “doctor’s” referral expired after 60 days. I suppose they require more money? Not happy. Seems like opportunist taking advantage of patients. Once is enough. Fancy offices and numerous employees in matching t shirts is offensive. Cost of medicine and too few and far between dispensaries create hardship for patients. Not to mention high cost and restrictions on available methods of product and control of how patients can take their medicine. Big scam.

  4. Bobby Joe
    MUST you have medical records?

    I have a medicinal card from California and I’m wondering if that will pass and I can obtain my card in Florida. Any information?

  5. Mike
    Unfair Fees and Exploitation

    $75 annually. Sounds like an invitation for class action lawsuit against the state

  6. Robert
    Help me SPEED THIS UP!!

    I have been in the system with a complete application for a week (complete before noon, 10/24/2018 to include payment) and have made inquiries, calls, etc hoping to speed the process up. Today I emailed/Tweeted my state representatives asking them to help. If all applicants put pressure on their state representatives, the only people with the ability to effect the situation, we may have a chance to get the process expedited. All I know is, sitting and waiting helplessly sucks, and is not a thing I am wanting to do.
    Help me, Help US, Help You… apply pressure where you can. Be nice, be sincere, be passionate.

  7. nathan lowe
    Get ready to wait

    I had my reccomending physician upload me in the system on Oct. 16, 2018. All my information was correct, and the OMMU had no problem taking my 75$ application fee out of my account, but did not “process” payment until the 24th. It is now the 30th, and the gentleman I spoke with today said I * might * have my temporary number by Friday. This is getting frustrating. I suffer from a degenerative disk disease and cannot take painkillers anymore as the narcotics give me pancreatitis and NSAIDs have damaged the lining of my stomach and have thinned the walls of my esophagus. I work two jobs despite my condition, and a good nights sleep is imperative to my success. My advice to anyone applying because of chronic pain or anxiety to have plenty of meds on hand for the application process, you wont be able to refill them once you are in the system but at least you will be comfortable until you get a temporary number. Hopefully we dont head down a socialistic path in this country, because the government has a difficult time getting any thing right.

  8. Lady

    I have ADHD, dies this apply?

  9. Marcy Vonglis
    Doctors need to follow thru.

    My problem was when I filed for card the first thing was to take the non refundable $75.00 then my doctor failed to follow thru on his end of becoming a medical marijuana doctor. So I’m out the money and couldn’t use card! So I just used cbc oils. True not all places carry true cbc products I just happen to find the right place. I’m still looking for a true medical marijuana doctor to go the correct way.

  10. Kieth

    I applied on 7/23/18 they accepted my fee on 7/31/18. I haven’t received anything further, email or card. Is this normal?

    1. Adam

      When applying with the state it an take time.

      1. Bob Jones

        Adam do they send an email to use to purchase before you get the card or is that a myth?

        1. pablo

          You get the email in a few weeks or less, the card about a month later. This time frame can vary obviously.

  11. Gary V Armstrong

    Concerning the law and guns…never tell the truth! Corporations and politicians lie all the time! Just look at who half the country put in the White House…including Florida! It’s entirely possible to be rational and stoned at the same time. Donald Trump can’t do it sober! He should never own a gun!

    1. DennyB

      Who told you Trump is sober? LOL LOL LOL

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