Home » Marijuana Cards » How to Get A Medical Card in Florida

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Florida

Complete Handbook 2018

Florida – A medical ID card is required to get legal medically processed cannabis under Florida law from a licensed dispensary, also referred to by the state as an MMTC (Medical Marijuana Treatment Center). This handbook is the complete guide that answers all the questions that have come up on How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card in FL. As a resident of the state, the process on how to get a medical marijuana card in Florida is as follows:

The Patient May Be Entered Into The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use Registry If:

  • The Patient is diagnosed with an approved qualifying medical condition by a doctor or physician that is certified in Florida to determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment.
  • Patients and/or their Caregivers will then be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by their Certified Physician.
  • Once you have been entered into the Registry, your physician will provide you with your Patient ID Number. You will need this to apply for your required Registry Identification Card. Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry Log In

Florida Med Marijuana Card Q&A

 

1. How Much Does a Florida Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?

$75 – The Department accepts applications from patients and legal representatives. Patients must be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by a qualified physician to receive a card. Applications may be submitted online through the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, or mailed to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

2. How much does a Recommending Marijuana Doctor in Florida Cost?

The Average Cost to visit a Certified Ordering Doctor is $200-$300 for the initial visit and $100 – $200 for the follow up visit. Some doctors are offering a monthly subscription service between $40 – $90 monthly. This can be much more costly in the long run.

3. How often do I have to see my Doctor?

Your Doctor can write an order for 70 days of cannabis with 3 refills. Many Doctors will refill without an in person visit. Once the 3 refills have been completed (210 days) you will need an in office visit with your Doctor for another renewal.

Other Important Information on the FL Medical Marijuana License Process

4. Where can I find a FL Marijuana Doctor?

Certified doctors can be found on Florida Dispensaries & Doctors or here on our doctors map.

CBD THC Doctors Link

5. How Long Is a Florida Marijuana Card Good?

1 Year

6. My Florida Medical Marijuana Card has Expired. How to get a Renewal?

To maintain an active Medical Maijuana Use Registry identification card, a patient and/or legal representative must annually submit a renewal application, along with the application fee and any required accompanying documents to the department forty-five (45) days prior to the card expiration date.

7. Once I have my Florida MMJ card, where can I buy marijuana?

Once your application is approved and you receive your legal marijuana card, you or a legal representative will be able to buy cannabis products from a licensed medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) in the state of Florida.

Med marijuana dispensaries link.

8. What do I need to do if I change my address or other information changes?

Requests to replace a lost or stolen card will require the cardholder to submit a Change, Replacement or Surrender Request Form, along with a copy of his or her Florida driver’s license or identification card and a $15 replacement fee.

9. How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card?

According to a recent release from the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use, paper applications were processed in about 23 days, and online applications took about 17 days. Patients can use an e-mail approval from the state temporarily while waiting for their marijuana card in the mail.

10. What happens if I lose my card?

Requests to replace a lost or stolen card will require the cardholder to submit a Change, Replacement or Surrender Request Form, along with a copy of his or her Florida driver’s license or identification card and a $15 replacement fee.

11. The information on my card is wrong or outdated. How do I correct it?

Requests to replace a lost or stolen card will require the cardholder to submit a Change, Replacement or Surrender Request Form, along with a copy of his or her Florida driver’s license or identification card and a $15 replacement fee.

12. Can I alter or laminate my card?

No

13. Where can I find & how to log into the FL Marijuana Use Registry system?

Medical Marijuana Use Registry Log In

Debilitating Medical Conditions Florida [2018]

Florida – How to qualify for medical marijuana in FL under Amendment 2 in 2018? You must have one of the following listed Debilitating Medical Conditions or another debilitating condition of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a certified physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

Official Debilitating Conditions List in Florida:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification.
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain.
  • Other Debilitating Condition of Like, Kind or Class

Additional Debilitating Conditions in Florida:

These additional debilitating conditions have qualified patients for MMJ in Florida. Amendment 2 allows certified physicians who believe that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient diagnosed with an additional condition not on the official debilitating conditions list in FL to be recommended a Florida Medical Marijuana card.

  • Anxiety
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Cachexia ( Wasting Syndrome)
  • Cyclical Vomiting
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis C
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome ( with chronic abdominal pain)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraines
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Severe & Chronic Pain
  • Severe Nausea
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Spasticity
  • Any Terminal Condition
  • Other Debilitating Condition of Like, Kind or Class

Get Certified for Medical Cannabis In Florida:

Need a Medical Marijuana Card? Let us help by Starting Here.

For potential medical marijuana patients in FL, we now offer a service that makes it easy to connect with a recommending doctor. You will also receive updates on new developments surrounding the medical marijuana program. If you are interested fill out the MMJ patient registration form and a physician or clinic representative contact you as available.

Legal Full & Part Time Residents Only.

Florida Marijuana Registration Form

***Florida Doctor & Physician Clinics Only***

Want to help more patients? Join the doctors & clinics that are part of our nationwide network. Please fill out the registration form below.

Florida Marijuana FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions about medical marijuana, CBD, edibles, laws, recreational weed, travel & more:

Can I Smoke Weed Once Qualified?

  • No, at this time Florida prohibits smoking of medical marijuana. However, John Morgan of the law firm Morgan & Morgan has filed a suite to allow for patients to be able to smoke their medicine.

Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?

  • No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Florida only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.

How do I get medical marijuana if I can’t move around?

  • Some medical marijuana physicians do make house calls for patients or potential patients that are unable to move around easily, including but not limited to severely sick or hospice patients. The majority of the Florida dispensary brands offer home delivery service.

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana in Florida?

  • Florida law has several requirements for patients to be eligible to receive low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis.
  1. A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition as stated above
  2. A patient must be a Florida resident.
  3. If under the age of 18, a patient must have a second physician agree to the use of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis in order to obtain an order from a qualified physician.
  4. An ordering physician must determine the risks of using low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.
  5. A patient must be registered with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by their ordering physician.

I see CBD Oils for sale on commercials, the internet and signs at head shops around town, is this CBD Oil legal in Florida?

  • Hemp derived CBD oil is legal, however to obtain Cannabis derived CBD oil, you will need to be entered into the registry by a qualified ordering physician.

Will CBD, or cannabidiol oil get me high?

  • No. CBD is a product that has no THC if derived from hemp and very little if derived from cannabis. THC is the chemical compound that creates the “high”. CBD products are available for patients that need a  for non-euphoric treatment.

Are THC Infused edibles allowed in Florida?

  • Edibles are currently not allowed until The Florida Department Of Health establishes rules regarding edibles. Section 381.986 Florida Statutes directs the department to create rules for marijuana edible products.

What is the difference between CBD & THC?

  • Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.

Will I test positive for THC if my job drug tests me?

  • It depends on the product. Patients using cannabidiol, or CBD medicines, may not test positive. Other cannabis medications will cause patients to test positive.

Is medical marijuana in Florida covered by my insurance?

  • Because medical marijuana is still illegal under federal law, insurance will not cover the costs for THC & CBD Meds.

Is CBD for Pets really a thing?

  • Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.

Where can I get CBD for pets near Alabaster?

  • You can find CBD for pets online, at some pet stores, and at holistic shops.
  • Buy CBD for pets online here.

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?

  • Similar to all states Florida medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. Florida medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly, in the safety of their home or in a private residence.

I Recently Read An Article That Recreational Weed Was Legal In Florida, Is This True?

  • No. Recreational Marijuana Is NOT LEGAL in Florida – The Article was Fake News.

Once I have my FL marijuana card, can I grow my own marijuana?

  • No. Florida law only allows the licensed dispensing organizations to grow, process and dispense marijuana. The department will refer any business or individual suspected of violating state law to local law enforcement for investigation. It is important to remember marijuana is illegal under federal law.

How Much Should I consume?

  • You should always consult with a Florida marijuana certified physician before using and that doctor will set the course of treatment.
Florida Med Marijuana Card Example

8 Comments

  1. Richard Rosenberg

    Im on workers comp for the last thirty years. Been on social security disability for twenty nine years. do the doctors except medicare? What percent is the THC? Is there a trial period to determine if its effective? It seems costly if its not effective for ones condition.Please answer my questions before I make an appointment to see the doctor.

    Reply
    • medcards

      You can get an idea of dispensary product prices in Florida here, Shop FL Dispensaries. MMJ appears to be working for a lot of patients countrywide. Straight CBD products contain very little THC & it goes up from there. A doctor is the one to answer any medical questions.

      Reply
  2. LindaLadd

    I live in Tennessee and we have an address in Fla. I lived in Miami 13 years and we now go back and forth. I have read about not taking across state. I am off all pharmaceuticals for oa and would like to get a card because cannibis replacement has worked. Just wish it was country wide. Help

    Reply
    • medcards

      Fill out the registration form. If have the proper part time resident status, doable. Not so doable on the crossing state line part yet. TN needs to get it moving.

      Reply
  3. Alyssa Herbig

    I was told previously due to the nature of my condition being chronic migraines that I did not qualify for medicinal marijuana. I am currently taking 4 different types of medication on a daily basis to remedy the problem.
    One of those Rx drugs is a triptan medication which may or may not remedy the migraine depending on its severity. I only receive 12 pills per month due to insurance coverage and I always finish the medication well before it is due for a refill. It’s a debilitating pain that no one can understand or empathize with unless they experience migraines personally.
    However, not all migraines are the same. It would be nice to seek some relief from the pain that I have been dealing with since I was a teen.

    Reply
    • medcards

      Fill out the registration form and let a doctor tell you if you do or not.

      Reply
  4. Travi Rhine

    I’ve been in chronic pain for years I’ve been off of opiates for the last three years I’ve been in South Carolina I’m considering moving back to the State of Florida but would like to get a license first please contact me I’ve taken 21 Advil for the last two-and-a-half years and completely destroyed the inside of my stomach and my kidneys would like other options in need help thank you

    Reply
  5. medcards

    Be The First! Thank you.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.