Updated on March 11, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
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.
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:
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
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
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 MarijuanaDoctors.com frequently for status updates as the program begins to unfold.
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.
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: