Cannabis in the State of Florida
The Florida Marijuana Legalization Initiative (Initiative #22-05) awaits review by the state Supreme Court. Despite opposition from groups like the Drug-Free America Foundation and Florida Chamber of Commerce, legalizing recreational use may generate substantial tax revenues and has widespread support following the success of the state’s medical cannabis program. The amendment is anticipated to appear on the November 2024 ballot, with observers expecting it to surpass the required 60% voter approval threshold.
Since the Sunshine State legalized medical cannabis in 2016, more than 656,000 Florida residents see relief from debilitating symptoms from underlying conditions.
Since 2016, the state’s medical cannabis program has expanded to give patients more freedom as to how they choose to consume their cannabis.
In 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB-182 into law, officially legalizing smokable medical marijuana. SB-182, the Medical Use of Marijuana act, redefines the term “medical use” to include the possession, use and administration of marijuana in a form for smoking.
Also called Amendment 2, this legislation puts raw flower on the list of available medical cannabis products from Florida dispensaries, including edibles, concentrates, low-THC cannabis flower, topicals, and vapes.
2022 Florida Statutes outline the most recent guidance for the state’s medical cannabis program. Under these Florida medical marijuana laws, patients may only purchase edibles and other marijuana products that are produced and dispensed by a medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC).
Becoming a Medical Marijuana Patient in Florida
To become a medical marijuana patient in Florida, it’s a three-step process. First, Veriheal can help you book an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor who will review your ailments and medical condition. Second, once you are evaluated and if you are approved, you’ll receive a medical cannabis recommendation from the doctor. Lastly, once you are approved for medical marijuan, you can buy medical marijuana from any Florida dispensary in your area.
- You MUST complete the Patient Attestation Form and bring it into your appointment with the doctor.
- You MUST re-certify your license/medical card every 70 days by seeing a doctor. We do not charge extra for these additional visits for re-certification within the same year.
- You MUST complete the application for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card with the Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). Submit all necessary documentation and a $75 application fee.
- A medical marijuana card in Florida is ONLY VALID FOR 210 DAYS. You will need to renew your card entirely within that timeframe. A doctor can consult with you through Veriheal’s platform to make sure your card remains valid.
To qualify for the medical marijuana program in Florida, you must:
- Be an adult (18-years-old or older).
- Be recommended by a physician for marijuana use (physician must be registered with the Florida MMJ program.)
- Have proof of a qualifying medical condition(s) in the form of medical records.
- Minors must have recommendations from two physicians and their legal guardian must give consent.
The state will send you your physical, hard-copy medical marijuana card once your application is approved.