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

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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: http://www.floridahealth.gov/OCU

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
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 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.

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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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How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card [2018 Guide]
March 16, 2017
36 comments
  1. Kim

    Is the card only for Cbd oil and eatables Or is this good for the marijuana I don’t like the oil. And eatables

    1. Ray

      You do not need a card for any CBD products. As long as you are over the age of 18 you’re good to go.

      1. Beasley

        Yeah thats not true at all…. youre probably buying fake cbd

  2. Chris

    I have 14 inch rods in my back. Take OxyContin and OxyCodin, Valium and Greylease everyday to beat down the pain. Chronic muscle spasms are a big issue. Do I qualify for the card. Have had different options.

  3. Misty

    I got my card by applying to the state on my own. Do I need a “prescription” for the actual marijuana?

    1. Adam

      Not if you have a medical marijuana card

    2. Mo

      How did you get the card on your own?

  4. adam

    I am confused. If I can buy cbd oil in florida without a Marijuana card – then what do I need a marijuana card?

    1. Jeff

      Because the oil available without rx is hemp based.
      I’m looking into this as a possible schizophrenia treatment for a friend and from studies it seems that the marijuana derived oil is more effective for some reason, even though it can have little to no thc content just like the hemp derived oil.
      Shit is ridiculous.

  5. Peter P

    How long does it take to get the actual card by mail, after being approved for the card? Can anyone share their recent experience

    1. Bailey

      They will send you your ID# via email about 7 days and you will receive your official card in the mail couple of days later.

  6. Daisy Taylor

    Thank you for all the information in this article. Very informative and practical.

    1. Peter

      Jean K (or anyone else that can answer this question. I just got approved by the OMMU for my card on 5/31/18. I been doing a lot of reading about timeframe to get the physical card in the mail. Everyone from forums from Oct 2017-Jan 2018 has said cards take months to get. How long after you got your approval did it take for your physical card to arrive by mail?

      1. Jean k

        It took exactly 5 weeks to get the physical card from the email. I hope this helps. But you can use the email to go to the dispensary

  7. Jean k

    Hi I just received my card and went on to find what I could get but it is saying the first order expired 3 days before I got my card roughly 70 days. Do I need to contact the doctor. I was planning on going tomorrow

    1. Adam

      It would be best

  8. Donna Riley

    What are the cases where someone outside the state can get a MMC. It said it was reviewed on a case by case basis.. I have diagnosed Crohn’s disease and Psoriatic Arthritis among o few other autoimmune diseases and was advised by my doctor that it may be beneficial for my pain but wasn’t legal in Alabama. I’m in such pain it’s dibilitating . I basically can do anything that doesn’t cause severe pain so I don’t do anything. My husband and two teenage boys basically go on without me and that breaks my heart.

    1. Tara Naughton

      Donna , I empathize with you . You clearly are deserving of it that’s for sure ! You have no “quality of life ” and you would probably benefit from it immensely. I suffer from PTSD as well as chronic pain syndrome along with degenerate bone disease . And , I was merely existing not living and marijuana maintenance allows me to leave my home now . Between my pain & my ptsd I was no longer part of life. Every state in the U.S.A should have passed this Law years ago before they sent us to opiate & benzo pill doctors and look at all the lives that were ruined and lost due to opiate and pills addiction. Now they are finally getting it right by legalizing medical marijuana ! I hope you can get your card and feel better !!

  9. Ann

    So totally grateful for this site. Tried signing up for a card but I’m not sure how to proceed as my son is the one who needs it. He is a minor on the spectrum. How should I proceed?

  10. Joe Foster

    Does medicare cover CBD oil with the MMC card? My father has Parkinsons.

    1. Adam

      Not as far as we are aware

    2. john

      You do not need a Medical card to obtain CBD oil. CBD oil is legal to get in florida, and most ofther states. most head shops have CBD oil that you can buy.

    3. Gail

      Because it’s not approved by the FDA, Medicare will not cover it

    4. Tara Naughton

      No insurance will cover any cost of mmm. Not yet.

  11. Dillon

    I have heard that in receiving your card you are giving up your right to bear arms. Is there any truth in this.

    1. Shante

      Unfortunately, yes, you’re giving up your right to bear arms when you get your MM Card. And I was not made aware of this until AFTER getting my recommendation and I was put on the registry and my application submitted. Are you permanently giving up your right to bear arms? I still don’t know, but I feel that my rights have been extremely violated and I’m very upset about it. Had I known, I may not have gotten my card. I value my right to bear arms very much and could’ve just continued to smoke “illegally”. Damned if I do, damned if I don’t…

      1. Mixednutz

        Don’t think you still can’t bear arms…..by God, I’ll bear arms and my mmj card! Until they make the drunks in the world give up their guns they sure as hell aren’t getting mine!

    2. Gail

      True because the federal laws state if you are under the influence of an illegal drug (illegal federally) you cannot bear arms. If you want to buy a gun, you need to check YES, on the question are you addicted to any illegal drugs on the background check form, therefore your application to buy a gun is denied. Interesting part is if you already own a gun, the law says you can’t own, transfer, gift or sell a gun. So what are you supposed to with the gun? Ha!!! But…you can be stoned on narcotic pain killers every day and carry a gun and have a concealed carry permit. Doctors filling in your application for you should warn you about this before paying $250 to the doctor and $75 to the state because you risk losing your concealed carry permit, which I don’t want to happen.

      1. Tara Naughton

        That is so screwed up right ? Perfectly legal to be stoned out of your mind on oxycontin pain meds and perfectly ok to carry a gun.. But weed ? Insane.

  12. Jeffrey S Thompson

    Hi, my Doctor told me that the card would cost me $100.00 and I would have to pay $75.00 every three months. Than the cost of my medical weed $150.00-$200.00 for a 45 day supply. I have neuropathy from colon cancer chemotherapy .Does it cost that much ?

    Jeff from Florida.

  13. johanna

    Thanks for the information. the process to get a medical marijuana card is a bit hard, i have been treating with a doctor in miami for over five months and they told me that I need to wait a couple of weeks more to get mi card, and I am in pain so I need it really soon, even though my doctor has been super patient with me.

  14. Samuel Logan

    Lets hope they organized soon. There is a lot going on in Florida at the moment. They are trying to shape the program

  15. Jarett

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but please review the below :

    “Can I take my meds to a different State?”

    Your answer is incorrect. The answer is, “Yes, but it depends. If the State you are going to & traveling by car (destination) you’re allowed to under federal Law, even though it’s still illegal Federally. Is this easier if it’s one State away, yes! Two or more & one isn’t a medicinal State, then the answer is ‘technically no’. Would it mean if you were in a ‘Civil Union’ or ‘domestic partnership’ that status would disappear during your travels? No, so why should your medical status or medication you take? Again, this is a very grey area right now that most people will say no for legal reasons, not knowing their civil liberties. Your personal health will always trump local law by Federal, even if Federal slightly contradicts what you can take locally, regardless of what state you’re in. Then again, that’s just the way I see the law.

    Plus, I think you may have the qualifying conditions incorrect… Thought there were 10 & chronic muscle spasms was not in it /got switched? referencing Florida’s med program

    Thanks.

    Sincerely,
    Jarett Chizick M.Ed
    631-988-0357

    1. Marijuanabreak

      Hi Jarett,

      Thanks for the detailed answer, but we cannot find the information you are suggesting on relevant websites. If you could please send us the details to [email protected], we would be more than happy to check it and correct the post accordingly.

      Thanks

      Marijuanabreak Team

      1. Marijuanabreak

        Thank you for sending in your references. We have reviewed them and while specific cases in the articles were not prosecuted by the law, marijuana is still classed as a Schedule 1 drug on a Federal Level. This means that Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug.

    2. Cindy

      Thank you Doc for correcting that for us very helpful seems to be” sensitive information” at times. People talk about Marijuana an it’s almost as if we looking over our shoulder shouldn’t be that way at all, its a God made miracle indeed.

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