In order to register for the medical marijuana program in Florida a person must have a medical condition that qualifies them to enroll in the program. As of now there are 12 medical conditions explicitly stated in Florida’s medical marijuana law.
Below is the list of medical conditions that make a person eligible to enroll in Florida’s medical marijuana program. The law also states that any medical condition in which the certified marijuana doctor deems the patient will benefit from the use of medical marijuana, and these benefits will outweigh the detrimental side effects of marijuana may also be used as criteria when applying for a medical marijuana registry identification card. That being said the below list is not considered a complete list of medical conditions that qualify a person for the Florida medical marijuana program. The conditions below that are highlighted in bold are medical conditions that have been explicitly defined in Florida’s medical marijuana law.
Any other medical condition in which pain medication can be prescribed for may also be added to the list.
In order for a marijuana doctor to enter a patient into Florida’s Compassionate Use Registry the patient must have medical records showing that the patient has one of the medical conditions listed under the qualifying medical conditions, or any other medical condition that the marijuana doctor believes will benefit from the use of medical marijuana.
If you need to retrieve your medical records please let us know and we will help you retrieve any medical records that may be required to enroll in the Florida medical marijuana program including charts, labs, x-rays and other medical records showing your diagnoses.
If you have not been diagnosed yet and do not have medical records then you can schedule an appointment with a doctor to receive a diagnoses and accompanying medical records. If you are seeking medical marijuana for PTSD then medical records are not required as our PTSD psychiatrists will diagnose you and provide you with adequate medical records necessary to obtain a medical marijuana card for PTSD. All other medical conditions besides PTSD will require medical records showing a diagnoses.
After a medical marijuana patient in Florida receives their medical marijuana card they may purchase medical marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries.
If you do not have your marijuana card you must schedule a marijuana evaluation first.
Once you have had a marijuana evaluation and your card has been registered you may purchase medical marijuana from one of the marijuana dispensaries or medical marijuana treatment centers as they’re known in Florida. The marijuana dispensaries in Florida carry a wide range of marijuana products including tincture, oils and dried marijuana.
The first step is to get evaluated by a certified medical marijuana doctor. Only certified marijuana doctors can certify a medical marijuana patient in Florida. The patient must be a Florida resident and have a valid Florida ID or driver’s license. The doctor follows state of Florida guidelines which list qualifying medical conditions, and can also write a recommendation for medical conditions of similar kind or class as those listed. The patient must have a 90 day relationship with the doctor before purchasing marijuana from the licensed growers and dispensary organizations. Insurance, medicare, and medicaid do not cover medical marijuana evaluations, or medical marijuana.
After the doctor certifies a medical marijuana patient, basic information is entered into the state of Florida Department of Health Compassionate Use Registry. Information that can identify the patient is entered such as patient name and address. Medical history or diagnosis information is not shared with the registry. A patient number is issued to each patient. Licensed marijuana growers, dispensaries, and law enforcement use the registry to verify valid patients. In the event that you are stopped by law enforcement while carrying marijuana in Florida all you need to do is provide the officer with your registry number to avoid being arrested for carrying medical marijuana.
After the doctor sees the patient, and has entered the patient into the registry the patient is ready to submit the Department of Health form. The Florida Department of Health issues the medical marijuana card directly to the patient. The ONLY valid medical marijuana card in Florida is issued by the Department of Health. If you received a card from another source it is a marketing gimmick and not valid. Cards issued by other sources will not be honored by licensed growers or dispensary organizations.
Once the 90 days passes, the doctor enters dosage information into the registry. The guidelines on dosage are to start low and go slow. The doctor can order up to a 45 day supply for each patient.
The patient can purchase the entire 45 day order at once, or break up the order into smaller orders. Some growers deliver statewide directly to your home. Dispensaries are being opened statewide. Insurance does not cover medical marijuana. Concentrated extracts, oral spray tincture, and ground flowers are available. High CBD, high THC, or a combination of both are available. Sativa, indica, and hybrid is available.