I’m sticking to this theme of walking you through how to get medical marijuana in the various states. I’ve been getting word back that it’s information that many folks have found incredibly useful. So, I’m going to just keep going with it and cover as many states as possible.
And so, today, I’ll walk you through how to get medical marijuana in Florida.
First and foremost, in order to even qualify for a medical marijuana identification card, you have to be a resident or a seasonal resident of Florida. And, a seasonal resident is defined as a person who resides in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days each year, maintains a temporary residence in Florida, returns to the state in which they reside at least once per year, and is registered to vote or pays income tax in another state or jurisdiction.
1) Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. Qualifying conditions include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
- Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition
It’s the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to diagnose patients and determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment where, the medical use of marijuana likely outweighs health risks. And, the Florida Dept of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use has explicitly stated that physicians may only order medical marijuana for patients diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions or conditions of like kind and class.
How do you know if your doctor is a qualified ordering physician?
- He or she holds an active and unrestricted license as a medical doctor in Florida.
- A qualifying ordering physician must have successfully completed a 2-hour continuing education course and examination.
How do you find a qualified ordering physician?
You can find qualifying ordering physicians on the Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use website.
It’s important to know that the law requires that qualified ordering physicians may only issue a certification if they conduct a physical examination while physically present in the same room as the patient and a full assessment of the medical history. A certification may not be issued through telemedicine.
What happens next?
You’ll then be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by your Qualified Physician.
Specifically, your doctor enters,
- your qualifying condition
- your dosage of medical marijuana which is not to exceed the daily dose amount determined by Florida Dept of Health
- the amount of medical marijuana authorized for you – the qualified patient
- the form of medical marijuana authorized for you – the qualified patient
- the medical marijuana delivery devices that you – the patient – needs for the medical use of marijuana
Your doctor can place no more than 3 orders for a maximum of 70-days per order as part of a physician certification for the qualified patient. Thereafter, the physician must issue a new certification.
Once you’ve been entered into the Registry, your physician will provide you with your Patient ID Number. You’ll need this to apply for your required Registry Identification Card.
2) Apply for your Registry Identification Card, which involves completing an electronic or paper identification application, providing proof of residency, a photo ID, and submitting a payment.
3) Fill your order at one of the licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers.
Once your Identification Card application has been approved, you’ll then be able to contact one of the licensed medical marijuana treatment centers and fill your order.
You may only fill orders for medical marijuana with one of the state’s approved medical marijuana treatment centers. If you do not have a medical marijuana treatment center in your city you can still fill your order by contacting a medical marijuana treatment center and arranging for a delivery. All medical marijuana treatment centers in Florida are authorized to deliver statewide.
Know that the laws on medical marijuana are constantly changing. So, please check the Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana use website for updates. I’ve included a link to the website below.
If after getting your doctor’s certification, you’re still lost or confused about how to safely use medical marijuana, I’m more than happy to help you. Head on over to the GET HELP page for more info.