What kind of medical marijuana is legal in Florida?
As of January, 2017, Florida joined the other 26 states who have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Every state has different laws in terms of what types of products patients are allowed to get, and how much. There are a number of qualifying illnesses that allow patient to get a medical marijuana card. This list includes: ALS, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's, MS, glaucoma and a variety of mental health illnesses, like PTSD or Schizophrenia. Florida law prohibits home cultivation or selling of any product from legal dispensaries to anyone that doesn’t possess a medical marijuana card. Making medical marijuana legal means that patients have access to options to help with their conditions.
How do I get a medical marijuana card in Florida?
Obtaining a card is a fairly straightforward process. Florida residents who are 18 and older may qualify providing they are able to provide proof of one of the illnesses that allow marijuana treatment, then see a doctor who can write a recommendation.
The 3 step process includes:
- Visiting a physician who determines if your condition qualifies for medical marijuana
- Registering on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry and paying the $75 fee
- Visiting an approved legal dispensary who offer low THC/high CBD products.
The one caveat however is that for now, the only form that is allowed in terms of purchase are vapes, medical drops and nasal sprays. Time will tell if that part of the law in Florida will be amended. Additionally, Florida does not have a sales tax on any medical marijuana items.
Where do I go to find a doctor that can recommend medical marijuana?
At the moment there are approximately 800 doctors in the state of Florida who are allowed by the Florida Department of Health to recommend marijuana, and there is no waiting period to receive the ID card as long as the patient qualifies for its use.
Is smoking medical marijuana legal?
Not yet, but many believe that the legalization of smoking medical marijuana will come soon.
Obtaining a medical marijuana card doesn’t have to be a stressful process. As long as the patient qualifies they are able to make an appointment for the recommendation. There are a number of doctors within Florida that are able to assist with the certification and from there patients can find a dispensary and legally purchase medical marijuana without fear of legal ramifications.