How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Florida [2020 Guide]
Florida Medical Marijuana Cards
Florida – Marijuana cards are state issued ID cards that enable patients that have had a doctor recommend the purchase of THC & CBD Medicines for treatment in the Great State of Florida. Telemedicine is now available for existing medcard holders to renew online.
A guide for Florida medical marijuana patients including how to get your medical marijuana card, qualifying medical conditions, how to find a medical marijuana doctor, and where to buy medical marijuana in Florida. Get Started Today!
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Current Florida medical card holders can now renew with a doctor using telemedicine from home!
Patient Registration Form
Florida Telehealth for Online Marijuana Card Renewals
The state of Florida is currently allowing marijuana Telehealth which gives patients the opportunity to visit with a recommending doctor online using your smart phone, tablet, or personal computer. Online medcard renewal appointments are helping to reduce the spread and exposure to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Virtual consultations online can be done from anywhere in the state online without having to leave the house. No travel, in person doctor office visit, or inconvenience. Your Florida marijuana card will be renewed after the doctors approval.
If you’re ready, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit, and you’re on your way to a marijuana doctors renewal appointment from the comfort of your kitchen table.
New patients can Fill out the registration form and will be contacted by a doctors representative, although still have to visit with a MMJ doctor in person. See if you qualify today!
Are you wondering how to get your medical marijuana card in Florida? In this FLD 2020 Florida Medcard Guide, we’re go over the requirements and costs, and the process step-by-step. We’ll also get into the details of how to renew your Florida medical marijuana card online using telehealth, talk about the laws regarding growing marijuana in Florida, go over the qualifying conditions for legal medical marijuana, Florida marijuana laws, as well as Q&A.
Florida Qualifying Conditions for Legal Medical Marijuana
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Florida a patient must be diagnosed with one of a list of qualifying medical conditions and approved by a state-certified physician.
Qualifying medical conditions include:
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
- Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
In addition to the above conditions, doctors may approve a patient with any other condition for which the physician feels the patient can benefit from the use of medical marijuana.
The present incarnation of Florida’s medical marijuana program was established with the passage of Amendment 2 during the elections of Nov. 2016. The voter initiative passed with 71 percent of voters in favor.
Bill SB8A was passed by lawmakers in 2017 establishing the rules for a medical marijuana market in the state. The bill contained a number of provisions which have since been protested such as vertical integration requirement and a ban on home cultivation and the sale of dried cannabis for smoking.
The smoking ban was repealed in 2019 by the legislature under SB 182. The vertical integration requirement, which requires dispensaries to grow, process, and manufacture their own cannabis products is still being contested in the state courts at the time of writing. A judge has declared the requirement to be unconstitutional, however the ruling has been appealed by Gov. DeSantis’ administration.
Under Florida’s constitutional amendment, medical marijuana dispensaries are considered to be pharmacies. And under the governor’s stay-at-home orders, pharmacies are deemed to be essential businesses along with grocery stores, gas stations, and others.
As a result, Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, or MMTCs, are permitted to remain open to serve the state’s more than 327,000 medical marijuana patients.
The state’s dispensaries have kept up with demand during the crisis and are confident that they will continue to do so.
Dispensaries are encouraging patients to order their medicine online for delivery or pickup.
How to get a Florida medical marijuana card
There is a two-step process to register for a medical marijuana card in Florida.
Step 1 – Consult with a Florida marijuana doctor
Patients must be approved by a state-certified physician who must assert that the patient has been diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions. The physician will enter patient information into the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry. Once entered into the Registry, the patient will be issued a Patient ID Number.
Step 2 – Apply for a Florida marijuana card
After being approved by the physician, the patient must log into the Registry and fill out an application. A paper application is also available. If your application is approved, you’ll immediately be able to purchase medicine from a licensed dispensary using your state-issued ID while you wait for your patient identification card to arrive in the mail. The card is good for one year from the date of approval. However, follow-up appointments may be required by your physician.
Under emergency rules, Florida medical marijuana patients are temporarily permitted to consult with their doctor via video conference for the purpose of renewing an expiring card.
Florida MedCard Q&A
Other Important Information about Florida Marijuana Cards
How Much Does a Florida Medical Card Cost To Get From The State?
An application fee of $75 is due with your application. This is paid here by logging into your OMMU account.
Can doctors prescribe medical marijuana?
Doctors are actually not permitted to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. However, if they are registered by the state, a doctor can recommend medical marijuana and approve their patients for access to the drug.
How old do I have to be to get my Florida MedCard?
Patients must be 21 years of age or older to apply for a medical marijuana card in Florida. A parent or guardian of a minor patient may also apply on the patient’s behalf.
What is a caregiver?
Florida medical marijuana patients are permitted to assign a caregiver to purchase and administer their medicine. Caregivers must be at least 21 years old and must apply to the Department of Health for a caregiver identification card. The number of patients to whom a caregiver may provide service is to be determined by the Department.
What are the residency requirements to get a marijuana card in Florida?
Both permanent and seasonal residents are permitted to obtain a medical marijuana card in Florida. A state-issued driver’s license or ID card is required to apply.
Does Florida offer reciprocity for out of state cards?
The state of Florida does not currently permit out-of-state residents with medical marijuana cards to purchase cannabis products at state-licensed dispensaries and have no protections from marijuana possession laws. This is something that needs to be addressed to open up tourism to medical marijuana patients from other legal states including Texas, Ohio, New York, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.
Possession penalties for out-of-state residents are the same as for non-cardholders in the state. Nobody that has been approved by a doctor, should ever go on vacation, spend thousands of dollars at Florida’s many tourist attractions, and have to detox from their needed medical along the way.
Florida Marijuana FAQ's
Frequently asked questions we receive regarding FL cannabis.
Can I Smoke Weed in Florida Once Qualified?
Yes, if your doctor has reccomended smoking as a delivery method.
Once I have my Florida MedCard, how much can I possess?
Florida medical marijuana card-holders are permitted to purchase up to four ounces of dried cannabis flower from a state-licensed dispensary — that is assuming that the attending physician determines that “the benefits of smoking marijuana for medical use outweigh the risks for the qualified patient.”
Physicians are limited to prescribing patients up to three 70-day supplies of non-smokable products such as oils, tinctures, and edibles. The actual purchase limit is determined according to the prescribed dosage.
Can I grow my own marijuana?
Florida medical marijuana patients are not permitted to grow their own cannabis. The penalties for growing cannabis in Florida are the same for medical marijuana patients as they are for any non-cardholder. See penalties below.
Where can I buy marijuana once I have my Florida MedCard?
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida are technically termed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, or MMTCs. There are MMTCs throughout the state. There are around 150 dispensaries in Florida.
Do dispensaries deliver marijuana?
Home delivery of medical marijuana is permitted in Florida. This is especially helpful during the coronavirus crisis as well as for those who do not live in the vicinity of a dispensary. Orders may be placed online or over the phone.
What are the Florida marijuana possession penalties?
Possession of small amounts of marijuana is illegal in Florida.
Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 fine.
Possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is considered a felony which comes with up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 fine if convicted.
Many municipalities in the state have opted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana or given law enforcement officials discretion in making arrests or handing out citations. Cities that have removed criminal penalties and prosecution for possession include Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, and Key West.
Advocates across the state as well as some Florida lawmakers are working to put full legalization for all adults 21 and older onto a statewide referendum. However action was not taken in time to appear on the 2020 ballot in November.
Can I Take My Medical Marijuana to a Different State?
No. According to current laws patients who obtain a medical card should use medical marijuana in Florida only. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
Is Recreational Weed Legal?
I see CBD Oils for sale on commercials, online, and at stores around town, is this CBD Oil legal in Florida?
Yes, hemp derived CBD is legal without a doctor recommendation.
Will CBD Oil, hemp, or cannabidiol get me high?
No. CBD is a product that has no THC if derived from hemp and very little if derived from cannabis. THC is the chemical compound that creates the “high”. CBD products are available for patients that have a need for non-euphoric treatment.
Is CBD for Pets really a thing?
Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments. The efficacy and safety of CBD for dogs, cats, and other pets have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like these products.
Where can I get CBD for pets?
You can find CBD for pets at pet stores, retail and at holistic shops.
Are THC Infused edibles allowed in Florida?
Technically, yes, but you have to make them yourself. The state has not written the rules for dispensaries to sell edibles.
What marijuana products are legally available in Florida?
Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?
Similar to all states Florida medical cannabis card holders have to be responsible. It is important to remember that when smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a Federal Level. Florida medical marijuana card holders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly, in the safety of their home or in a private residence.
How Much Is Medical Marijuana in Florida?
The price range for medical cannabis Flower in FL is around $10 per gram and $268-$400 per ounce, some dispensaries sell shake for less.
How Much Should I consume?
You should always consult with a Florida marijuana doctor before using and that doctor will set the course of treatment.
Florida medical marijuana contacts
The Office of Medical Marijuan Use is open weekdays, 8 am – 6 pm, EST (excluding state holidays)
- Phone 800-808-9580, 850-245-4657
- Fax 850-487-7046
- E-mail MedicalMarijuanaUse@flhealth.gov
- Address Office of Medical Marijuana Use, PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313
Additional resources and reading:
- The Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU)
- Florida medical marijuana registry
- Florida medical marijuana application
- Florida medical marijuana card renewal application
- Registry Instructional Guides
- Telemedicine extended for medical marijuana, narcotics
- Florida Marijuana Sales Skyrocket Even as Economy Collapses
- Marijuana Policy Project – Florida marijuana news