The Florida Legislature passed the first medical marijuana program in 2014, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, also called “Charlotte’s Web Legislation.” This law allowed patients severely ill with cancer or epilepsy to use medical cannabis with low-THC.
The last medical marijuana law that became effective in Florida was The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Amendment 2, on Nov. 8, 2016. Florida voters passed the law with more than 70 percent voting in favor.
This medical marijuana law allowed broader legalization of Florida’s medical cannabis program, expanding the list of qualifying conditions, transitioning the Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU), and establishing more Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs).
As for recreational marijuana in Florida, sales, possession, and use are still illegal.
A qualified patient must be a Florida resident with a valid Florida I.D., at least 18 years old, and have been diagnosed with one of the program’s qualifying medical conditions. You must be able to prove that you have tried previous treatments. If you are under 18 or terminal, you must also get a second opinion of another physician.
If you’d like to become a Florida medical cannabis patient, you must follow the following steps.
First, you will need to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing your diagnosis and take them to your marijuana evaluation consultation. Once you gather your medical records, you must appoint a consultation with a physician in Florida registered with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
When you attend your consultation, the doctor will evaluate your ailments and check if medical marijuana is an appropriate choice for your treatment. After you’re deemed eligible by the ordering doctor, he/she will register you into the state of Florida Department of Medical Marijuana Use Registry, in which a patient number is issued.
Once you’re in the Registry, you can submit a completed application to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. Submitting the application may take some time. There have been cases in which took two months for the DOH to review the patient’s application and issue their MMJ card. The fee for the application and MMJ card is $75.
There are a few additional minor regulations set in place by the state of Florida that must be understood and followed precisely:
Veriheal does the hard part for you and automatically connects you with a Florida registered physician who is allowed to recommend medical cannabis treatment. Veriheal’s team of qualified professionals will give you assistance during the entire process of getting your MMJ card.
You must register on our website and schedule your consultation with one of our Florida approved physicians. Then, you must attend your consultation in person with the doctor, who will evaluate you and register you on the program.
The consultation usually takes 5-10 minutes. You will be able to talk to the physician where he/she will answer your questions about medical cannabis treatment.
The fee for the individual package is $199 and covers your medical evaluation, consultation, recommendation, and approval. There is a success rate of 99%. However, if you are not eligible, you will receive a full refund.
Medical marijuana cards in Florida are only valid for 210 days and must undergo re-certification every 70 days. If you don’t, your card will be made invalid. For no additional fee, a Veriheal doctor will consult with you online through our platform to make sure your card stays valid.
All of Florida’s MMJ patients must purchase their product from a licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC). There’re also delivery services available. MMTCs cannot dispense more than a 70-day supply at a time.
Patients can purchase marijuana in the forms of smokeable flower and vape products, edibles, topicals, extracts, and tinctures. Physicians can order up to six 35-day supplies of smokeable medical marijuana within each certification. Each 35-day order may not exceed 2.5 ounces. Patients are able to possess up to 4 oz of medical marijuana flower, however, they re not permitted to grow their own plants.
To get started, sign up on our Florida page and you can get an appointment set up in no time.
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Harold B Gross says:
July 6, 2020 at 9:35 pm
What scares me is the reason all or most of the marijuana producers are loosing tons of money and most are on the verge of bankruptcy. Many all this hope of Marijuana being a miracle drug is nothing but nonsense. Why are most top MD’s and Surgeons are not advocating this drug?
July 20, 2022 at 10:14 pm
Majority of all doctors agree that marijuana should be an option on the table or just blatantly legal for all, so I’m not sure where you are getting your info from. As for actually being in a doctors office and having a surgeon or some other specialist recommend medical marijuana is possible but not probable because medical marijuana licensing is different even for the doctors. Why would doctors who are busy with heart surgery worry about obtaining that license for marijuana referrals? they already have plenty of work to do within their field. They know the laws will be changing too as govt gets its head out of its rear and realizes the insanity of MJ being illegal while booze is legal. The doctors also know that there will be other doctors taking care of that issue of referral. Why would they change field from being a top doctor to being a lower paid MJ referral doctor in a field that will end as soon as it is legal? Just stop and think about what you are saying for a minute. Not to mention the fact that it is considered more of a natural medicine and if you don’t know how to use natural medicine, then perhaps you should avoid it or seek guidance from someone who is trained in natural and/or holistic approaches to medical therapy. It requires somewhat of a holistic approach because some people can experience negative side effects if they are not careful, so the holistic side (whole body) must be considered. Even if you don’t have immediate side effects, such as being too high for example, then you may have issues down the road. An example could be dehydration and a gradual mineral imbalance because of the way acetates must be broken down in the body (not to mention so many people have a mineral imbalance anyway and ANY chemical introduction into the body daily must be considered in terms of how it will be metabolized) . You should only use marijuana if you are prepared to do other holistic type of things to improve overall health, like getting into better nutrition, yoga and exercise. . . and NOT being so high that you forget to pay attention to those things as well. You can’t expect it to be a good idea to just sit around smoking pot all day, and almost any doctor would agree to that as well, but it can be used in many beneficial ways. If you are just not aware of that, you are just not aware. However, the consensus among doctors is that it can be beneficial in many ways and should be legal on some level.
Ross Erickson says:
November 14, 2020 at 10:21 am
I currently have a MMJ card, how much and can you update my card? Pretty much bed ridden due to broken hip and my card expires 11/21/2020.
lacy r nelson says:
May 30, 2021 at 5:13 pm
i have stress sezuiers really bad where the left side my head swells out sometimes i have manic bipolar disorder i have anxiety disorder i have bad chroic pain in my lower back had 3 back surgeries with rods and plates pins in it i have dics messed up in my left side offf my neck gotta have surgery on it also i have bad migraines smokimg marijuana helps with all this a little bit especailly with my headaches anxiety bipolar and those stress sezuiers
emergent care says:
February 5, 2023 at 9:54 pm
Hey there, I am a huge fan of your blog! I tend to agree with this as I am currently employed as an EMR manager for an outsourcing company.
March 9, 2023 at 4:30 pm
I am a snowbird with a Michigan medical card and will be here for 6 months next winter. What do I do? Since I won’t technically be a Florida resident?