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)
- Crohn’s disease
- 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.
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