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If you’re looking for medical marijuana as a resident of Brandon, FL, you’ll be glad to know Brandon has one medical marijuana doctor in town. Since Tampa is located so close to Brandon, you can also search there — if you don’t mind a bit of a trip.
Once you obtain your “green card,” you can buy approved medicine from a licensed dispensary. Depending on your diagnosis, you might be allowed to use medical marijuana or low-THC medicine. Medical marijuana cannot be smoked, but it can be consumed in other ways, and it is typically stronger than low-THC medicine. Low-THC medicine isn’t as strong, but it gives you the health benefits of cannabis without the high.
Florida law doesn’t permit the use of recreational marijuana — you must use it for medical purposes. The scope of these medical reasons includes conditions like:
In contrast to prescription medications, patients obtain medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctor. So, you can’t get a prescription from your doctor and take it to a dispensary. Instead, you get permission from a physician to go to a dispensary and buy an amount of marijuana under the state carrying limit.
Due to the recent passage of Amendment 2, the state hasn’t released official laws for possession and growing. If you aren’t sure if something is legal, check Florida laws, ask your MMJ doctor or ask your dispensary budtenders.
After you and your doctor decide to try MMJ treatments, you must go to a state-certified doctor to get an assessment.
Before your visit, authorize a medical records release to the physician that shows that you have a state-approved condition. These records must show an exact diagnosis for them to certify you. You’ll also want to bring a Florida ID to prove that you’re a state resident. If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. You can’t get treatment without their consent.
When you visit, the doctor will assess you to figure out whether medical marijuana is the right option for you. If you both agree to continue the application process, you can register with the state and receive your medical marijuana card.
Florida’s DOH has got your back. They have a comprehensive list of approved physicians that they update every Friday, so you don’t have to do any guesswork.