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Updated on June 16, 2021.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in Florida

Rules governing telemedicine in Florida for prescribing medical marijuana are changing. Patients interested in getting a medical marijuana evaluation conducted in the privacy of their own home or location of their choosing can access it via a secure real-time, live-video connection here:

Florida Medical Marijuana Program

Though telemedicine rules in Florida are changing, there are a few requirements in place for physicians.

For example, physicians must conduct a full, in-person physical examination and assess the medical history of the patient before prescribing medical marijuana.

“The law requires that qualified physicians may only issue a certification if they conduct a physical examination while physically present in the same room as the patient and a full assessment of the medical history. A certification may not be issued through telemedicine,” according to the state’s FAQs for physicians.

Additionally, physicians must undergo a two-hour course and examination, called the Florida Physician Medical Marijuana Course. Physicians must also hold an active, unrestricted license in Florida.

Useful Resources

The Florida Board of Medicine Policy on Telemedicine

American Telemedicine Association 

Center For Connected Health Policy — Florida

Physician Requirements – Florida Department Of Health: Office Of Medical Marijuana Use Low-THC Cannabis & Medical Marijuana

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