How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card [2019 Guide]
January 27, 2019

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

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on January 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.

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.

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

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

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. Rich
    Request for information refusal?

    Can your primary Dr refuse the request for information you signed for the MMJ Dr in Florida?
    My primary said it takes up to 10 business days to process the request and I’m on day 11. The MMJ Dr has not received the info from my primary yet.

  2. Louise Barnes
    Thank you

    I suffer from HIV and have really struggled applying for my card, finding the whole process very stressful and overwhelming with no friends or loved ones to help. This article has allowed me some extra knowledge which has been helpful.

  3. Amanda

    Question….can you get your mmj card if you have a felony

  4. Indrid Colde
    Try moving to, or visiting a rec legal state

    It IS cheaper to drive to a rec legal state, buy it, and stay there. Bring it back at tour own risk. Contrary to what the uninformed say in Florida, legal rec use Cannabis IS big business for local jurisdictions. I was part of this process. 34 million in tax surpluses over 30 days? Yes! I am working on returning to my west coast state where your freedom isn’t threatened, and you’re not jobless for smoking. Not to mention, unemployment is very low in legal states since, except for certain occupations, there are no pre-employment tests for work. True right to work states. Emergency workers aside, most employers no longer do pre employment testing except the occasional reasonable suspicion tests. However bringing it in, is still a risk. If your condition is so severe that Cannabis helps you; consider leaving this backwards state and move back west. Legalization in Florida is still a ways away. Because I came from a legalized state, I have to avoid Jobs in Florida that require pre-employment testing. California was that way, but no longer. The medical Cannabis industry is so much better in legal states now. Good luck.

  5. Selena Schwartz
    It hasn’t been perfect, but it’s well worth it!!

    I have been on the registry and had my license for almost 2 years. The process can be frustrating, but the ability to live again is amazing. I got lucky, my family doctor had just received his MMJ license when I asked about the benefits. So we learned together and I had to be patient with my doctor. I pay $125 a visit and yes you have to see them every 70 days. That is usually how long the prescription is good for. I do the vape cartridges from Truelieve and they work really fast to relieve my debilitating Migraines and anxiety. Make sure that if you are a veteran or spouse/child ask if they do discounts. Trulieve does 10%. Plus ask the dispensary if they do anything for renewing your card. Truelieve does $75 off an order of $150. They have deals during the holidays. For example I had saved my renewal coupon until December. Truelieve did a deal everyday for twelve days of Christmas. They had a buy 1 get 1 deal on my cartridges. So I was able to use the $75 off, plus the buy 1 get 1. $300 of product for $80. I have to plan every time we get my meds. So you don’t have to fill it all at once. If all I can afford is a $35 vape cartridge, then that’s what I get. It has changed my life. I use it when I need it and I just wish that they would legalize it to were insurance companies have to cover the office visits and prescriptions. Now that would be a blessing!

    1. Carol

      Thank you for that info. Moving from Alabama to Florida just for medical marijuana Tired of i’ll be kids for pain . Can you also get eatables? I’ve never smoked don’t think I could vape.

    2. Sandra Sullivan
      Doctors are twice a year after 1st visit!

      Yes the prescription lasts only 70 days but you shouldn’t have to see the doc every 70 days only the 1st appointment and the 1st 70 days; then again before the year is out on your MMJ Card. For example, I have to renew this month; already submitted but my script is in from Dec 14th. The next time I’ll see my MMJ doctor will be July. Only 2 times a year.

      And at 99$ a visit; Im grateful it’s only twice a year! Let your doctor know if he has you coming in every 70 days!

  6. magnusfl
    unafortable for those who need it

    And sad fact is most disabled people simply can not afford it

  7. Ella Turner
    Exceptional doctor fees

    I paid the initial $75 for the state application, and the recommended doctor $250, now I find out I have to pay that $250 twice per year with his office visit which is recommended twice yearly be the state of Florida…is this true? I see this as a giant money making scheme…anyone else paying this exceptional doctor fees?

    1. Gina

      FL law requires you to see a Dr every 210 days. If you are paying over $200 a visit you are being robbed.

      Fees for renewal

      Change to another doctors office,its once a year,every 210 days additional 150 plus the 75 for renewal of mmj card!

    3. Sandy S
      250$ a visit?! Doesn't sound right.

      There are doctors out there that are about 200$ for 1st qualifying visit. Then twice a year my doctor is 99$. She’s a wonderful doc too.

      Liberate is the name of the company and they are like DocMMJ – all over the state. These are the best 2 doctor groups in Florida for price and stability in seeing the same doctor. Other places have come and gone. My 1st doctor wasn’t good at all – she is no longer in business here. My 2nd doctor is with Liberate Physician Centers. Good luck.

      Be careful out there; there are organisations that say they will help but the cost is quite high like 600$ to get legal. [It’s approx 300$ for your 1st card; and 600$ for a MINOR as the parent also has to be qualified caregiver – separate to owning a card. There’s disorders out there that are genetic…so it’s not unusual to see a parent and a teen qualified]

    4. Auwdee

      I paid 169 at doctor MJ. Look them up and see if there is one close, they also have 30 bucks a month plan.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

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