For permanent and seasonal residents of Florida with chronic pain or health conditions with symptoms that are difficult to manage, medical marijuana may be an effective therapeutic option. In order to become a Florida medical marijuana cardholder, you must register with the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). The team at LeafwellMD in Tampa, Florida can aid in this process.
An important part of the registration process is the medical health evaluation. Patients are required to be evaluated by a board-certified Florida practitioner, to determine whether the patient meets the safety and symptom criteria to use medical cannabis therapeutically.
If you meet the requirements and the practitioner feels that you are a good candidate for medical marijuana use, you will be provided with a doctor recommendation letter you can upload to the OMMU patient registry, to apply for your Florida medical marijuana card.
What Are the Qualifying Health Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Florida?
Florida has legalized doctor-supervised medical cannabis use for patients who have chronic healthcare conditions and symptoms. There are many patients that do not get relief from conventional prescription pain medications like opioids; and many patients are concerned about the possibility of addiction and side-effects from pharmaceutical painkillers.
Some of the qualifying health conditions that have been approved in Florida for medical marijuana treatment include glaucoma, chronic pain, terminal health diagnoses, ALS, Crohn’s Disease, and other types of diagnoses. Florida also allows the evaluating physician to determine if the patient has another qualifying health condition that is not on the list. The physician can recommend patients with rare diseases or other health disorders and symptoms for the Florida medical marijuana program.
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How Do I Know What Kind of Medical Marijuana is Right for My Health Condition?
In Florida, physicians cannot directly refer a patient who has become a certified medical marijuana cardholder to a dispensary. However, it is easy to find medical cannabis dispensaries in Florida online. After you have successfully been registered as a patient with the Florida DOH and OMMU, you can visit a medical cannabis dispensary.
If you are unable to physically visit a medical marijuana dispensary in Tampa, you can receive a consultation and set up your patient profile with the dispensary by telephone or in some cases, video conference with a cannabis tender. Once your patient profile has been reviewed at the dispensary, their customer care representative can discuss different strains of medical marijuana that may be helpful for your symptom management needs.
There are a variety of different intake methods and medical cannabis products available for registered patients in Florida, including:
When Do I Get My Florida Medical Marijuana Card?
Once you have received your doctor’s recommendation to participate in the Florida medical marijuana program, you will need to register with the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU).
Each patient is reviewed by the OMMU to ensure that therapeutic cannabis is safe for the patient to therapeutically address chronic pain, muscle spams, or other debilitating health conditions. If your application is approved by OMMU and the Florida DOH, you will receive your card in the mail within 14 business days.