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FL Marijuana Qualification

Updated on April 10, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Marijuana in Florida

Patients in Florida diagnosed with one of the following “debilitating medical conditions”, are afforded legal protection under the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, as per Amendment 2:

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Florida

  1. Patients must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Patients must be a Florida Resident or a seasonal resident.
  3. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records
  4. The qualifying patient must be diagnosed, through an in-person examination, by a certified physician as having one of the debilitating medical conditions listed above.   — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Florida
  5. All patients will be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by the physician who evaluated them.
  6. Patients (and Caregivers) must then apply for their Registry Identification Card (Medical Marijuana Card).
    • Patients can submit their application online or by mail.
    • Complete Application & include An approved passport-style photo, proof of residency, $75 Processing (Application) Fee. (Paper Applications: Please make Check or Money Order out to Florida Department Of Health, including your Patient ID Number and Date of Birth).
    • Applications can be submitted electronically here or mailed (with payment) to: Office Medical Marijuana Use PO Box 31313 Tampa FL, 33631-3313.
  7. Once the application has been approved, a temporary Identification Card will be emailed to the patient as well as a physical Identification card that will be mailed.
  8. Patients can then fill their order at a licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Center.

Patients have to be re-certified every 30 weeks in order to receive a new medical marijuana recommendation. To maintain a valid Medical Marijuana Registry Identification Card, Patients & Caregivers must renew their Identification Card annually. Forty-Five (45) days prior to the card expiration date a renewal application, application fee and required documentation must be submitted.

For More Information:

Florida Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Mailing Address:
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Patient & Caregiver ID Card Applications:
PO Box 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313
Phone: (800) 808-9580
Website: Office Of Medical Marijuana Use

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Florida

As per the legislation of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2, passed November 08, 2016, qualified patients diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition may lawfully obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes, where the patient has been certified by a licensed Florida marijuana doctor.

Medical Marijuana Access in Florida

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law. Patients have to undergo a full physical examination and assessment of medical history before receiving a recommendation for a qualifying condition.

Florida has issues 11 cultivation licenses across the state, one of which is held by Liberty Health Sciences. Liberty, backed by Canadian company Aphria Inc., is looking to open dispensaries across the state as early as October 2017.

Check frequently for status updates as the program begins to unfold.

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Florida Low-THC Medical Cannabis Program: Information

As per the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 – Senate Bill 1030, signed by Governor Scott, on June 16, 2014 – licensed Florida physicians may order low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis oil, for patients who meet the State’s requirements.

Florida patients diagnosed with terminal conditions – defined as, “a progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, and is not considered by the treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available treatment options currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis, if the condition runs its normal course” – are legally permitted to obtain and consume low-THC cannabis, as per the State’s stipulations, in Section 381.986, Florida Statutes, as amended by Chapter 2016-123, Laws of Florida.

What Ailments Qualify For Low-THC Medical Cannabis in Florida

Patients in Florida diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, and terminal medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2:

  • Cancer, or any other physical condition that produces chronic symptoms of severe seizures and muscle spasms; OR
  • Symptoms of cancer, or any other physical condition that produces chronic symptoms of severe seizures and muscle spasms.

How To Become A Low-THC Medical Cannabis Patient in Florida

  1. You must be a Florida Resident with a valid Florida I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Florida I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  2. Patients, or their legal guardian, are required to provide the physician with written informed consent.
  3. All patients will be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry, by the ordering physician, who MUST enter the patient’s order, for low-THC cannabis.
  4. Please note: SB 182 repeals the smoking ban the 2017 amendment to the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, that did not permit the possession, use or administration of medical cannabis by means of smoking. Medical Marijuana in a smokeable form has now been approved. Additionally, patients are strictly prohibited from transferring medical cannabis to any other person, other than to the qualified patient, for whom it was dispensed.
  5. Florida Department Of Health Office Of Medical Marijuana Use
    Mailing Address (For Non-ID Card Applications)
    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-06,
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Phone: (800) 808-9580
    WebsiteFlorida Department of Health – Office of Medical Marijuana Use
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