Florida Medical Marijuana FAQ | MMJ FAQ

Below are frequently asked questions pertaining to Florida's medical marijuana law and program.

General Questions About Medical Marijuana in Florida

Medical Marijuana Doctors in Florida

Florida Cannabis Cards and Applications

Florida Cannabis Card Expiry and Renewal

Florida Marijuana Rights and Responsibilities

Purchasing Medical Marijuana in Florida

Growing Medical Marijuana in Florida


General Questions About Medical Marijuana in Florida

#Where can I find the best marijuana doctor?

Certified Associates, LLC has the best and most marijuana-friendly mmj doctors in Florida. Schedule an evaluation with Florida's best medical marijuana doctors here.

#How is medical marijuana or cannabis legal in Florida?

Medical marijuana is made legal in Florida by two separate laws. The first law is known as the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees states such as Florida the right to create their own laws and govern themselves according to their own constitutions.

The second law that makes medical marijuana legal in Florida is the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, which amends the Florida Constitution and gives medical patients the right to use marijuana for medical purposes, and also creates a governing body that regulates how medical marijuana is grown and distributed in Florida.

#Can anybody in Florida legally purchase and consume medical marijuana?

No. In order to legally purchase and consume medical marijuana in Florida the person must have one of the qualifying medical conditions as stated in Florida's medical marijuana law, or any other medical condition that a certified marijuana doctor deems appropriate. The person then must have a marijuana evaluation conducted by a marijuana doctor who is licensed by Florida's Department of Health to practice medicine in Florida and who is also certified by the Florida Department of Health's Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) as a marijuana doctor. The marijuana doctor issues a certificate and enters the patient into the Compassionate Use Registry database. Only people who are registered in the Compassionate Use Registry database can purchase and consume medical marijuana in Florida.

#Who can be a medical marijuana patient's qualified legal representative in Florida?

In Florida the following people can be a qualified medical marijuana patient's legal representative:

  • the patient's parent, if the patient is under 18 years old
  • legal guardian acting pursuant to a court's authorization as required under section 744.3215(4), Florida Statutes
  • health care surrogate acting pursuant to the qualified patient's written consent or a court's authorization as required under section 765.113, Florida Statutes
  • an individual who is authorized under a power of attorney to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the qualified patient.

#What are the qualifying medical conditions that make a person eligible for medical marijuana in Florida?

Currently there are 12 medical conditions specifically defined in the Florida medical marijuana initiative, but the Florida marijuana law also states that any medical condition in which the medical marijuana doctor believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient may be used as criteria when certifying a patient for the Florida medical marijuana program. The medical conditions specifically defined in Florida's medical marijuana law are:

  • cancer
  • epilepsy
  • glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Seizures
  • Crohn's disease
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • any other medical condition that the doctor approves

Certified Associates, LLC has an extended list of qualifying medical conditions that our doctors may use as criteria when certifying a patient for Florida's medical marijuana program.

If your medical condition is not on the list of medical conditions explicitly stated and you're not sure if your medical condition qualifies you for medical cannabis then please feel free to contact us or call us at (844) 420-PASS (7277) to see if your medical condition is eligible.

In general, any medical condition that may require pain medication is considered, as medical marijuana is considered an alternative treatment to prescription pain medications.

#Can other medical conditions be added to the list of qualifying medical conditions for the Florida medical marijuana program?

Yes, the Florida marijuana law states that any medical condition that the medical marijuana doctor thinks will benefit from the use of medical marijuana may be used as criteria for obtaining a medical marijuana card in Florida. Mostly medical conditions that may require pain medication are considered.

#If I have one of the qualifying medical conditions am I automatically certified for Florida's medical marijuana program?

No. Before a patient can be enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program the patient must be evaluated by a physician who is licensed and certified by Florida's Department of Health as a medical marijuana doctor. Once the doctor has evaluated the patient and believes that the patient will benefit from medical marijuana the doctor will issue a certificate that authorizes the patient to be enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program.

#Is medical marijuana considered a prescription?

No. Prescription drugs are regulated by the federal government, and since marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law medical marijuana prescriptions are not allowed. As a result medical marijuana is considered as a "recommendation" instead of a prescription. A medical marijuana doctor cannot prescribe marijuana, they can only recommend an amount of medical marijuana that a patient should use. These "recommendations" are then followed by marijuana growers and dispensaries who will not sell more marijuana to a patient than what is recommended by the patient's medical marijuana doctor.

#Why can a marijuana doctor "recommend" but not "prescribe" medical marijuana?

A marijuana doctor cannot prescribe marijuana because prescription drugs are regulated by the federal government, and since marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law medical marijuana "prescriptions" are not allowed. The reason that marijuana doctors are allowed to "recommend" instead of "prescribe" is because a recommendation is considered as freedom of speech and is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

#If I have my medical marijuana license from another state is it valid in Florida?

No. In order to be enrolled in the Florida medical marijuana program you must be evaluated by a doctor who is licensed and certified as a marijuana doctor in Florida. Only patients entered into Florida's Compassionate Use Registry database are allowed to purchase, possess and consume medical marijuana in Florida.

#What does a medical cannabis certification, or to be certified for the medical marijuana program in Florida mean?

A medical marijuana certification, or to be certified for the medical marijuana program in Florida, means that the patient has had a marijuana evaluation and the marijuana doctor has signed a certificate showing that the patient has a qualifying medical condition and that the patient is thereby eligible to enroll in the Florida medical marijuana program.

#Is a medical marijuana certification the same as a medical marijuana referral?

Yes. A referral or recommendation have the same meaning as to certify or certification in Florida's medical marijuana program.

#What is the Office of Compassionate Use?

The Office of Compassionate Use is the office within Florida's Department of Health that regulates the Florida medical marijuana program. The Office of Compassionate Use also administers the Compassionate Use Registry.

#What is the Compassionate Use Registry?

The Compassionate Use Registry is a database of medical patients who have enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program. This database is used by state and local law enforcement to verify that a patient is a valid medical marijuana patient and therefore immune from being arrested for possession of marijuana.

#What is the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Amendment 2?

The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Amendment 2, is a bill that was signed into law in Florida that amends the Florida constitution to include legal protection for medical patients who want to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The law expands on a previous law called the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 which had a limited scope, and only provided protection for low-THC cannabis. The new law greatly expands the list of qualifying conditions to include any medical condition in which a certified marijuana doctor deems the patient may benefit from, as long as those benefits outweigh any potential side effects. The new law, Amendment 2, officially went into effect on January 3rd, 2017 and also allows for high-THC cannabis to be sold and consumed. You can read the Florida medical marijuana law in it's entirety here.

What is a cannabis delivery device?

A Cannabis Delivery Device is an object intended for use or designed for use in preparing, storing, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis into the body. In other words things that may be referred to as "paraphernalia" when pertaining to illegal cannabis use are called cannabis delivery devices in Florida's medical marijuana program.


Medical Marijuana Doctors in Florida

#Can any doctor in Florida certify a patient and register the patient in the Compassionate Use Registry?

No. In order for a doctor in Florida to certify a patient and register the patient in the OCU's Compassionate Use Registry the doctor must complete the required training and register as a marijuana doctor with the Florida Department of Health.

#Can any doctor in Florida order medical marijuana for a patient?

No. Only doctors that are actively licensed and have completed the required training can order medical marijuana for medical marijuana patients.

#What marijuana doctors office is the best marijuana doctors office?

Certified Associates, LLC has the most marijuana-friendly and best marijuana doctors in Florida. Schedule an evaluation with Florida's best medical marijuana doctors here.


Florida Cannabis Cards and Applications

#What is a Florida medical marijuana card?

A Florida medical marijuana card, or cannabis card, or Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card as it is formally known, is a card that is given to medical marijuana patients in Florida that they are required to carry with them when they possess or use medical marijuana. Much like a driver's license is needed to operate a motor vehicle, a marijuana card is needed to carry medical marijuana.

#What do I need in order to be certified for Florida's medical marijuana program?

In order to be certified for a medical marijuana card in Florida you must have medical records proving that you have a medical condition that is on the list of qualifying medical conditions, or have a medical condition that the marijuana doctor believes the patient will benefit from medical marijuana, i.e. usually medical conditions requiring pain medication. If you do not have medical records you can ask us for help with obtaining medical records. Once medical records are obtained you must schedule a marijuana evaluation.

After the marijuana evaluation if the doctor is able to verify that the patient is eligible for the medical marijuana program the marijuana doctor will issue a certificate which is then sent to the Florida Department of Health and the patient is registered in the medical marijuana registry.

#What paperwork/forms are required to apply for the medical marijuana program in Florida?

In order to apply for a medical marijuana card in Florida you must have the following:

  • proof of Florida residency, i.e. valid Florida ID, diver's license, voter ID, utility bill with same name on application
  • medical records proving your medical condition
  • signed release of information form
  • certification from a licensed physician registered with the Florida Department of Health's medical marijuana program

#Where can I get a medical marijuana certification?

In order to get a medical marijuana certification you must schedule a marijuana evaluation with a licensed physician who is registered with the Florida Department of Health. Certified Associates, LLC works with the Florida Department of Health and has licensed marijuana-friendly physicians available who will sign your certificate.

#Can a minor enroll in the Florida medical marijuana program?

Yes. A minor can enroll in the Florida medical marijuana program, but must have the written consent of the parent or legal guardian, and must also get a marijuana certification from two doctors instead of one.

#Is there a way to expedite my medical marijuana application?

No. In order to be fair the medical marijuana certifications or applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Although there should not be a problem as most applications are processed the day they are sent.

#When will I know that my medical marijuana application was sent and approved?

After your evaluation the doctor will let you know whether or not you are eligible for the medical marijuana program, at which time your certification will be entered into the database and your card will be issued. You will also receive an email after your information is entered into the system.

#When do I get my medical marijuana card? How long does it take to get my medical marijuana card?


Florida Cannabis Card Expiry and Renewal

#Does my medical marijuana card expire? How long is my medical marijuana card valid for?

Yes. The medical marijuana card is only valid for one year after the date which the card is issued.

#How do I renew my medical marijuana card?

In order to renew your medical marijuana card in Florida you must visit a medical marijuana doctor and be reevaluated. After the evaluation the medical marijuana doctor will issue a new medical marijuana certificate and a new application will be sent to the Florida Department of Health, who will then issue a new medical marijuana card. In order to prevent any lapse in your legal protection it is recommended that you apply for your new card at least 45 days before your current medical marijuana card expires.

#When should I renew my medical marijuana card?

In order to prevent any lapse in legal protection you should submit a new medical marijuana application at least 45 days prior to your current medical marijuana card's expiration date to avoid any lapse in coverage.


Florida Marijuana Rights and Responsibilities

#Is my information kept confidential when I enroll into Florida's medical marijuana program?

Yes. The Florida Department of Health and marijuana doctors are bound by confidentiality agreements and HIPPA laws. A medical marijuana patient's information is only shared with certain authorized personal such as state and local law enforcement agencies on a need to know basis. For example if you are pulled over by law enforcement while possessing medical marijuana the officer will need to verify that your medical marijuana card is valid by querying the Department of Health's Compassionate Use Registry database.

#Who has access to the Compassionate Use Registry database?

The people who have access to the Compassionate Use Registry database are:

  • Florida Department of Health's Office of Compassionate Use employees who administrate the database.
  • the medical marijuana doctor's office that the patient was evaluated by
  • medical marijuana dispensaries/growers that you purchase medical marijuana from who need to verify a patient's status before they are able to sell medical marijuana to the patient
  • Local and state law enforcement, but only if you get stopped while possessing medical marijuana
  • the medical marijuana patient themselves and their caregiver/legal representative can access their own patient information

The Department of Health does not share your information with federal agencies, or any other organization other than those listed above.


Purchasing Medical Marijuana in Florida

#Can I go to a pharmacy and buy medical marijuana?

No. Marijuana or cannabis as it is formally known, is still listed as a Schedule I narcotic by the US federal government and therefore cannot be sold in pharmacies since pharmacies are regulated by the federal government's DEA. Medical marijuana can only be legally purchased from a licensed medical marijuana grower/dispensary, or MMTC as they are known in Florida.

#Where can I legally purchase medical marijuana in Florida?

Before a patient can legally purchase medical marijuana in Florida the marijuana doctor doctor will enter a recommended dosage amount into the registry. Once the doctor has recommended a dosage the medical marijuana patient can only purchase medical marijuana from licensed growers/dispensaries, also known as MMTCs. Any marijuana purchased outside of these sources is deemed illegal and is not protected under Florida's medical marijuana law.

Who can purchase medical marijuana from a dispensing organization?

Only the patient themselves or the patient's legal representative may purchase low-THC, medical cannabis, or cannabis delivery devices from dispensing organizations.

What is a dispensary or a dispensing organization?

A dispensary, or dispensing organization, is a company that sells medical marijuana and other related products such as cannabis delivery devices. In Florida dispensaries must be licensed by the Florida Department of Health's Office of Compassionate Use

#What happens if I get caught purchasing marijuana from someone other than a licensed MMTC?

If you get caught purchasing marijuana from a source other than a licensed MMTC then you may be arrested and will not be covered by Florida's medical marijuana law.

#If I have my medical marijuana card, how much cannabis can I legally purchase and possess?

A patient is allowed to purchase and possess no more than what is recommended by the marijuana doctor. The marijuana doctor will enter a recommended amount to order for 45 days. The maximum the patient can purchase is 45 days worth. If a marijuana doctor recommends six ounces every 45 days then the patient is only allowed to purchase up to six ounces every 45 days.

#Do I have to purchase the entire amount of medical marijuana as recommended by my medical marijuana doctor?

No. A patient can purchase however much medical marijuana that they want as long as it does not exceed the marijuana doctor's recommendation.


Growing Medical Marijuana in Florida

#If I have my medical marijuana card can I grow my own cannabis plants and produce my own medical marijuana in Florida?

No.

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