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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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.
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.