Becoming a Legal Patient in Florida

FLORIDA RECOMMENDATION REQUIREMENTS:


Applicants must be a permanent or seasonal resident (minimum 31-day lease) of the State of Florida and must have one of Florida’s qualifying conditions in order to be eligible for an MMJ card. There is no age limit for qualification, although minors incur additional requirements in order to be registered (as noted below).


Qualifying Medical Conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to the others listed.
  • 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.


FLORIDA RECOMMENDATION PROCESS:


1. FIND A QUALIFYING PHYSICIAN WHO WILL RECOMMEND CANNABIS TO YOU UNDER ONE OF FLORIDA’S QUALIFYING CONDITIONS. Not all physicians are certified to recommend MMJ in the State of Florida. 

  • For children under the age of 18, a second physician must concur with this decision. The second physician does not have to be a pediatrician, nor do they have to be certified to recommend MMJ. 


2.GO TO YOUR APPOINTMENT AND RECEIVE YOUR RECOMMENDATION. Your qualifying physician will enter you into the “Medical Marijuana Use Registry” and will provide you with your Patient ID Number. 

  • For minors, you must have your second physician’s statement of concurrence on file. 


3. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION WITH ID & PROOF OF RESIDENCY. You will receive an email from the State with your login credentials for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry and will need the Patient ID Number provided to you by your qualifying physician to login. It is highly recommended that you complete your application online, but you may also send your application by mail to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL, 33631-3313. 

  • Caregivers must submit a Caregiver Application in addition to the Patient Application.
  • In order to submit a completed application, you must provide photo ID. If you have a Florida Driver’s License or Identification Card and are applying online, the system will automatically upload it for you. Otherwise, you must submit a full-face, 2x2 passport-style photo no older than 90 days. 
  • If the system automatically uploaded your Driver’s License or Photo ID, this will serve as proof of residency. If you are a seasonal resident and/ or a minor, proof of residency must be submitted with your application (for minors, caregiver and minor proof of residency must be submitted separately).


4. SUBMIT PAYMENT. Upon completion of your application, submit $75 online or by check or money order made out to the Florida Department of Health. 

  • If you are applying as a caregiver, you must submit an additional $75 caregiver card payment.
  • Online applications take on average of ten days to process, and payments take approximately five days.


5. RECEIVE YOUR MMJ CARD. By law, you cannot posses MMJ at any time without also having your MMJ card/ caregiver card in your possession as well. 


6. SHOP FOR YOUR MMJ PRODUCTS. You must purchase all MMJ and products used to administer/ consume cannabis from licensed MMTCs. 


RENEWALS:


You must visit your qualifying physician for recertification in the system every 210 days, and you must submit a renewal to the State annually (recommended to submit at least 45 days prior to expiration).


ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:


MMJ must be kept in the containers in which it was purchased at all times when not being administered/ consumed.


You should be able to show proof of purchase of all MMJ products as well as products used to administer/ consume MMJ at all times.


Public consumption is illegal in the State of Florida. 


Florida does not take part in reciprocity programs (meaning MMJ may not enter from outside nor exit from inside Florida).


Although autism is not specifically listed in the qualifying conditions, there are physicians who will recommend under the "same class or kind" or PTSD categories.

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