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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 Marijuana Cards and Applications

Expiry and Renewal

Florida Marijuana Rights and Responsibilities

Purchasing Medical Marijuana in Florida


General Questions About Medical Marijuana in Florida

How was medical marijuana made legal in Florida?

On November 8th, 2016, the people of Florida passed Amendment 2 which amended the Florida Constitution to allow for qualified patients who have been diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana in Florida.

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 use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The law expands on a previous law called the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which was a similar law but had a more limited scope of allowed medical conditions, and only provided protection for low-THC cannabis. The new amendment 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.

Amendment 2 officially went into effect on January 3rd, 2017 and also allows for high-THC medical marijuana to be sold by Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers to certified medical marijuana patients.

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

The current qualifying medical conditions pursuant to Section 381.986 (2)(a)-(j), Florida Statutes are :

  • cancer
  • epilepsy
  • glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated in paragraphs (a)-(j)
  • Terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification. “Terminal condition” means a progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, and will result in death within 1 year after diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course.
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain

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.

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

Yes, in Florida the medical marijuana law states that any medical condition that the medical marijuana doctor believes will benefit from the use of medical marijuana may be used as criteria for obtaining a medical marijuana certification in Florida.

If I have one of the qualifying medical conditions am I automatically allowed to use medical marijuana in Florida?

No. Before a patient can be certified for 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.

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

No. In order to be enrolled in Florida's Compassionate Use Registry 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 is the Office of Medical Marijuana Use or OMMU?

The Office of Medical Marijuana Use, or OMMU, is the office within Florida's Department of Health that regulates the Florida medical marijuana program and administers the Compassionate Use Registry database.

What is the Compassionate Use Registry?

The Compassionate Use Registry is a database of medical patients who have been certified and are enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program. The database allows Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers and other authorized personnel to verify the status of the medical marijuana patient.

If I'm enrolled in the Compassionate Use Registry can I grow my own marijuana plants and produce my own medical marijuana in Florida?

No. Medical marijuana patients are not allowed to grow marijuana plants in Florida under Amendment 2.


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 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.

Why does PTSD require two doctors in order to certify a patient for medical marijuana?

According to Florida's medical marijuana regulations, the doctor who diagnoses a patient with PTSD cannot be the same doctor that certifies the patient for enrollment in the Compassionate Use Registry. This means for PTSD it requires two doctors, one doctor to diagnose and a second doctor to sign the certification.


Florida Marijuana Cards and Applications

What is a medical marijuana card?

A Florida medical marijuana 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 the patient is 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 enrollment in Florida's Compassionate Use Registry?

In order to be certified for enrollment in Florida's Compassionate Use Registry you must have medical records proving that you have one or more of the medical conditions that are on the list of qualifying medical conditions, or a medical condition in which the marijuana doctor believes the patient will benefit from medical marijuana. 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. In the case of PTSD a patient must have approval from two doctors, one doctor to diagnose and a second to sign the certification.

After the marijuana evaluation if the doctor is able to verify that the patient is eligible for the medical marijuana program the doctor will issue a certificate with the Office of Medical Marijuana Use and enter the patient into the Compassionate Use 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

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 marijuana certifications from two doctors.

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

You will also receive an email after your information is entered into the system letting you know whether or not your application was approved by the OMMU.

How long does it take to get my medical marijuana card in the mail?

It usually takes one to two weeks after receiving an email that you were approved.


Expiry and Renewal

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

Yes, your medical marijuana expires. 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?

To renew your medical marijuana card 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 45 days prior to your current medical marijuana card's expiration date to avoid any lapse in coverage.

How long does it take for a marijuana certification to expire?

The most amount of time that the marijuana certification can be active is 210 days, or less depending on the doctors recommendations. This means a patient must visit the doctor at least once every 210 days in order to renew the certification.


Florida Marijuana Rights and Responsibilities

Is my information kept confidential when I enroll into Florida's Compassionate Use Registry?

Yes. The Florida Department of Health, doctor and MMTCs are bound by confidentiality agreements and HIPPA laws.

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 Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) employees who administrate the database.
  • the medical marijuana doctor's office that the patient was evaluated by
  • Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) that the patient purchases 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 if you get stopped and are in possession of 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.

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

In Florida the following persons can be a 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.


Purchasing Medical Marijuana in Florida

Can I go to a pharmacy and buy medical marijuana?

No. Medical marijuana can only be purchased from a licensed dispensaries known as Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs).

Where can I purchase medical marijuana in Florida?

A medical marijuana patient who is actively enrolled in the Compassionate Use Registry can only purchase medical marijuana from licensed growers/dispensaries, also known as MMTCs. Any marijuana purchased outside of these sources is not protected under Florida's medical marijuana law.

What is a dispensary or MMTC?

A dispensary, or MMTC, is a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center that sells medical marijuana and other related products such as delivery devices. In Florida MMTCs must be licensed by the Florida Department of Health's Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) to sell medical marijuana.

Who can purchase medical marijuana from a MMTC?

Only the patient themselves or the patient's legal representative may purchase low-THC, medical marijuana, or marijuana delivery devices from Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers.

If I have my medical marijuana card, how much medical marijuana can I 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 limited amount to order for 45 days. The maximum the patient can purchase and posses is 45 days worth. If a marijuana doctor recommends 2.5 ounces every 45 days then the patient is only allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces every 45 days.

Do I have to purchase the entire amount of medical marijuana as ordered 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 doctor's orders. The doctor will order a maximum dosage per day. The patient is advised to start with the lowest dose/amount of product, taken the fewest number of times daily, to gauge a product's effect, and increase the dose/amount over time if needed. The patient is also advised that increasing the dosage beyond the amount needed to relieve symptoms may result in an adverse or paradoxical response.

What is a delivery device?

A 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 marijuana into the body.

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