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How to get a Florida medical marijuana card in 3 Steps

A medical marijuana card, or medcard, is a state issued ID card. This provides access to shop for medical marijuana in Florida for treatment of an abundance of qualifying medical conditions. The instructions to get a Florida marijuana card are as follows:

Step 1: See your primary care physician and get a copy of your medical records. If you do not have that already, many certified medical marijuana doctors can diagnose conditions that may qualify you for medical marijuana, including PTSD.

Step 2: Visit a certified medical marijuana doctor who will determine if you have a qualifying medical condition and whether or not cannabis might help relieve the symptoms of the condition.

Florida full and part time residents, if your ready, we make it easy to connect with a recommending doctor to get or renew your Florida Medical Marijuana Card.

Fill out the patient registration form, then press submit. A doctor clinics representative will contact you to review and schedule.

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Step 3: Register with the Florida Medical Marijuana Registry and receive a medical marijuana card by mail before you may purchase your medicine.  

A certified physician can approve patients for the purchase of up to a 70-day supply of medical marijuana or other cannabis-infused products with two refills.

Once a patient receives their registration card they may purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary. 

Florida’s medical marijuana patients are permitted to purchase dried cannabis flower for smoking, vaping, or cooking, cannabis oils and tinctures, cannabinoid-infused pills and capsules, topical preparations, and medical marijuana edibles.

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What is the Florida OMMU?

The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use is a department of the Florida Department of Health. The OMMU was formed for the purpose of implementing and overseeing the state’s medical-marijuana program. Florida has more than 560,000 qualified medical marijuana patients and more than 2,500 qualified physicians, all overseen by the OMMU.

Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use Login

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 prove residency. For online applications, the Registry is connected to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) demographic database. If there is a match to the information on your profile, your state residency status can be automatically added to your application and approved.

According to the OMMU website:

Seasonal Florida residents who do not possess a valid Florida driver license or Florida identification card must submit a copy of two of the following documents:

  • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or residential rental or lease agreement.
  • One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian, or another person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
  • A utility hook-up or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
  • A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.

Qualifying conditions

The official list of qualifying medical conditions for a medical marijuana card in Florida include:

Patients with other medical conditions not listed might also qualify if their doctor feels that medical use of marijuana would outweigh the potential health risks. Additional Medical Conditions for which patients have qualified for a Florida medical marijuana card include the following:

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 about Minors?

Minor patients must submit a certified copy of a birth certificate or a current record of registration from a Florida K-12 school and a copy of the minor patient’s parent or legal guardian’s valid Florida driver’s license or identification card.

For all forms of residency, the name and address on the document(s) provided must match the name and address provided in the application.

Florida Marijuana Doctors

What are the qualifications for physicians to be certified to recommend medical marijuana in Florida?

A physician may only approve a patient for a Florida medical marijuana card if he or she holds an active, unrestricted license as a physician under Chapter 458, Florida Statutes, or an osteopathic physician under Chapter 459, Florida Statutes.

Additionally, a qualified physician must have successfully completed a 2-hour CME course and examination titled Florida Physician Medical Marijuana Course. Completion of the 2-hour course and exam is required each time the physician renews his or her medical license. A link to the course can be found here.

List of Florida medical marijuana doctors

Can doctors prescribe medical marijuana in Florida?

Florida medical marijuana doctors are not permitted to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients like they would a prescription drug. A certified Florida medical marijuana doctor can approve patients for access to Florida dispensaries under the state’s compassionate use program. The doctor must determine that the medical use of marijuana would outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. Furthermore, there must be a bona fide doctor-patient relationship. 

How much does medical marijuana cost in Florida?

The price range for dried cannabis flower in Florida is around $10 per gram and $268-$400 per ounce. Some dispensaries sell “shake” for less. 

For more details on medical marijuana prices in Florida visit these links:

What marijuana products are legally available?

Florida’s medical marijuana patients are permitted to purchase dried cannabis flower for smoking, vaping, or cooking, as well as cannabis concentrates, oils and tinctures, cannabinoid-infused pills and capsules, topical preparations, and medical marijuana edibles.

List of medical marijuana products available in Florida:

Are medical marijuana products in Florida lab tested?

Because cannabinoid concentrations must be listed on the packaging, Florida regulations require medical marijuana producers to contract with a licensed marijuana testing laboratory to test for cannabinoid content. 

However, there are no specific regulations relating to testing for harmful contaminants at this time other than to require that the products be safe for human consumption. 

High-CBD, low-THC hemp flower must be tested before harvest to ensure THC levels are below 0.3%. 

Do Florida dispensaries deliver medical marijuana?

Yes. Many dispensaries in Florida will deliver medical marijuana to a patient’s home. Orders may be placed online or over the phone. Contact your dispensary for details.

Florida Dispensaries That Deliver

How much medical marijuana can patients buy in Florida?

A certified physician can approve patients for the purchase of up to a 70-day supply of medical marijuana or other cannabis-infused products with two refills. Dried cannabis flower is limited to a maximum of four ounces. 

What is a proper dosage of cannabinoids?

The correct dosage of medical marijuana products can vary greatly depending on the patient’s medical condition. In Florida, each patient’s directed dosage and schedule must be determined by their medical marijuana doctor.

Does health insurance or Medicare cover medical marijuana?

Health insurance and Medicare do not cover medical marijuana because herbal remedies are not approved by the FDA for prescription use. However, there are some drugs that have been approved by the FDA such as Epidiolex (for children with certain types of epilepsy) which contains CBD, and dronabinol/Marinol which is a synthetic cannabinoid similar to THC. Insurance policies might cover these prescription drugs. Check with your insurance provider.

Can Florida medical marijuana patients designate 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. A parent or legal guardian must act as a caregiver for patients under age 21. 

Caregiver ID Card Application (Initial and Renewal)

Can I transport medical marijuana in Florida?

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When carrying medical marijuana products in public, patients must be carrying a valid medical marijuana card. Furthermore, all products must be in the original packaging with proof of purchase from the dispensary.

Can patients operate a vehicle after using cannabis?

It is illegal to drive in Florida while using medical marijuana products that contain THC. It is not illegal to drive when taking products that contain only nonintoxicating cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBN, etc. Penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana are similar to those for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Can I smoke weed in public in Florida?

Smoking of both marijuana and hemp is prohibited in or around any and all public buildings. It is also illegal to smoke within a 1,500-foot radius of schools, daycares, and parks where Drug-Free Zone laws apply. Infractions can result in fines and potential jail time. 

Florida medical marijuana cardholders are advised to consume their medicine responsibly, in the safety of their home or in a private residence.

Are there social consumption venues in Florida?

No. Private social consumption venues are prohibited in Florida.

Can Florida patients take medical marijuana products to another state?

Not with current laws. Patients may face federal and local charges of transporting cannabis products across state lines. This is true even if the state to which they are traveling allows the possession of medical or recreational marijuana.

Does Florida offer reciprocity for out-of-state cards?

The state does not currently permit out-of-state residents with medical marijuana cards to shop at Florida dispensaries. Out-of-state cardholders have no protections from marijuana possession laws. Possession penalties for out-of-state residents are the same as for non-cardholders in the state. 

The issue of reciprocity in Florida needs to be addressed. Currently, patients with a valid medical marijuana card from another state are required to suspend their treatment while visiting Florida. Not offering reciprocity to patients from other states such as Texas, Ohio, New York, Missouri, and Pennsylvania discourages travel and tourism in the state. Moreover, advocates of reciprocity in Florida point out that compassion should not stop at the border. 

Learn more about reciprocity in Florida

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. 

However, a ballot initiative for a constitutional amendment to legalize Florida may appear on the 2022 ballot. If the measure passes as written then adults 21 and older will be permitted to grow marijuana on their property. (We’ll keep you posted.)

Learn more about growing marijuana.

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 a $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 a $5,000 fine if convicted.

However, 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.

Is CBD oil legal in Florida? 

Yes, the possession and use of nonintoxicating, hemp-derived CBD products including smokable hemp flower or hemp concentrates are legal in Florida. Anyone can buy CBD online or in local CBD stores without the need for a medical marijuana card. 

All hemp products must contain less than 0.3 percent THC in order to be sold legally.

Florida Guide to All Things CBD

Can I buy CBD for pets?

Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets, in general, is becoming a popular treatment for pets suffering from anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, skin conditions, and other ailments. However, pets should not be treated with CBD products made for humans. 

You can buy CBD for pets online as well as at some pet stores and at holistic shops in Florida.

Does having a Florida medical marijuana card affect a patient’s eligibility for a license to own or carry a gun?

Guns and Marijuana in Florida

Marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Floridians who own guns or plan on buying a gun need to look into the matter before obtaining a medical marijuana card. 

Under federal law, the use of any Schedule I controlled substance such as marijuana, even for medical purposes, negates the patient’s Second Amendment rights. All weapons, ammunition, silencers, or SBR  in an individual’s possession are automatically considered to be contraband the minute a medical marijuana card is issued.

This is another issue that needs to be addressed as these distinctions do not apply to prescription drugs. Only federal legalization of marijuana will change the status of gun owners who use medical marijuana.

Can Florida medical marijuana patients own or buy a gun? – Read Full Article Here

Florida medical marijuana contacts

The Office of Medical Marijuana Use is open weekdays, 8 am – 6 pm, EST (excluding state holidays)

Individuals who utilize TTY devices may contact the OMMU through Florida Relay or by dialing 7-1-1.

OMMU resources and Links:

​​New FLHSMV Database Integration Guides:

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