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Updated on January 25, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

In order to be afforded legal protection of the Florida Medical Marijuana law, qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the State’s patient registry and possess a valid state-issued identification card, issued by the Florida Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program.

A Florida medical marijuana card is a personal identification card verifying that the patient is a legal state-registered medical marijuana patient, and for purposes of the Department and law enforcement, medical marijuana cards also identify those individuals exempt from criminal and civil penalties, for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

  1. The patient must be a Florida resident with a valid Florida ID.
  2. The patient must be registered in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by their ordering physician. Patients can receive a recommendation in their first or second visit with a qualifying physician. Physicians must also submit Patient – Doctor Statutorily Required-Documentation to either the Board of Osteopathic Medicine or the Board of Medicine.
  3. Submit a completed application to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. (Can be electronically or by paper application.) Application requirements:
  • A fully completed application (sent via email after your physician has added you to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry)
  • A copy of your Florida driver license or Florida ID card
  • A $75 check made out to “Florida Department of Health”
  • A full-face, passport-type 2×2 inch, color photograph taken within 90 days of preceding application.

Requirements of the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry

  1. If the patient is under the age of 18, they must have a second physician agree to the use in order to obtain an order from a qualified physician
  2. Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition — *Learn how to request your medical records
  3. To qualify, a patient needs to be a patient of the ordering doctor for at least 3 months prior and needs to be diagnosed by the physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
  1. Any other ailment/condition of the same severity/symptoms, when determined by a physician’s opinion that the medical use of marijuana would surpass any potential health risks.
  2. Patients (or their legal guardian) must provide the physician with written informed consent before being eligible to receive a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana.
  3. Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Florida — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Florida
  4. The ordering physician must determine the risks of use are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.

Medical Marijuana Cards for Seasonal Residents of Florida

Seasonal residents, or patients who maintain a temporary residence in Florida, are required to provide the DOH with a copy of their Florida ID and two documents that show seasonal residency in order to qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation.

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How Long Is a Florida Marijuana Card Good?

Patients must get their cards renewed annually. Florida medical marijuana cards expire 1 year after the date of the physician’s initial recommendation. It is highly recommended that you submit your renewal form at least 45 days before your current card expires to ensure no lapse in your card coverage. Note: renewal applications CANNOT be used to purchase any form of marijuana or marijuana delivery devices.

Benefits and Implications of Amendment 2

In a nutshell, four major groups stand to gain a lot from the Florida Marijuana Card system. Below are the stakeholders and what the Amendment means for them:

  • Patients — Those in need of treatment will be able to purchase medical marijuana easily and without legal interference. Plus, there will be no need to keep renewing prescriptions on a regular basis. Also, by working with organizations such as, patients will have access to a database of useful information to help manage their needs.
  • Doctors — Physicians can now easily recommend medicinal cannabis without legal repercussions. Amendment 2 prohibits subjecting physicians to civil or criminal liability for recommending medical marijuana for patients with qualifying conditions.
  • Dispensaries — Qualified patients can easily be verified using the Florida Marijuana Card. This reduces liability in terms of avoiding sale to unqualified customers.
  • Law Enforcement — The Florida Medical Marijuana Card system will help monitor the legal sale of marijuana while identifying illegal dealers and buyers.

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Marijuana Doctors is a network of certified doctors from all over the country who help patients and other members of the public by providing guidance on the importance and safe use of medical marijuana. Our doctors are specially trained in identifying patients in need of medical marijuana and recommending appropriate doses for optimal effects.

Here are a few ways we can help you to legally acquire and maintain a Florida Marijuana Card:

  • We’ll let you know if you qualify or not. Qualification is based on age, medical condition and whether medical cannabis is legal in your current state.
  • MD will help you link up with appropriate professionals. Our organization consists of many different specialists who understand the importance and benefits of medical marijuana. Access to these doctors will allow you to get all the advice and information you need to move forward.
  • Our doctors will recommend appropriate doses. Depending on your condition, the physician or specialist will recommend a dosage, strain or form of cannabis for optimal effects.
  • We offer useful tips and guidelines. We’re here to provide step-by-step help when you apply for the Florida Marijuana Card. This includes application guidelines and recommendations that should help expedite the process and make it more successful.
  • Our database provides extensive information on marijuana therapy. This helps equip card holders with as much information as they need to manage their marijuana use.

Here’s the Bottom Line

There’s no denying that Amendment 2 and the Florida Marijuana Card system makes lives a lot easier for patients, doctors and pharmacists when dealing with medical marijuana. It will also make it easier to keep tabs on the legal sale of cannabis while weeding out illegal distributors and buyers. Take the first step and browse through our directory of doctors and dispensaries today!

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Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO