Most people have questions about the process to qualify and receive medical marijuana in Florida. Here is some important information to guide you:
What Conditions Qualify For you to Receive Medical Marijuana in Florida?
A patient must be diagnosed with at least one of the following conditions to qualify to receive marijuana or a marijuana delivery device:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus.
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
- Crohn’s disease.
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated in paragraphs (a)-(j).
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification.
- Chronic nonmalignant pain.
Who Can Qualify for Medicinal Marijuana in Florida?
As per the legislation of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2, passed November 08, 2016, qualified patients diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition may lawfully obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes, where the patient has been certified by a licensed Florida marijuana doctor.
How Do I Access Medical Marijuana in Florida?
Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore, doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law. Patients have to undergo a full physical examination and assessment of medical history before receiving a recommendation for a qualifying condition.
Florida has issues 11 cultivation licenses across the state, one of which is held by Liberty Health Sciences. Liberty, backed by Canadian company Aphria Inc., is looking to open dispensaries across the state as early as October 2017.
How Do I Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Florida?
- Patients must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be a Florida Resident with a valid Florida ID as proof of residency. If you do not have a Florida ID an out of state ID, passport, or other photo ID with proof of residency such as a utility bill, bank statement, etc. is acceptable.
- Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.
- The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition. —Contact us for an appointment
- All patients will be required to register with the Department of Health, details will be provided once the Florida Medical Marijuana Program has been fully implemented by the DOH.
- A patient must have tried other treatments without success and the ordering doctor must determine the risks of use are reasonable in respect to the benefits to the patient.
- Florida Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399
- Patient – Doctor Statutorily Required-Documentation must be submitted for the Coalition for Medical Marijuana Research and Education. This documentation must be submitted to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine or the Board of Medicine:
Board of Osteopathic Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-06, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1708
NOTE: Patients have to be re-certified every 30 weeks in order to receive a new medical marijuana recommendation.