What should I expect at a medical marijuana doctor appointment in Florida?
Medical marijuana in Florida in 2019 is still very new.
Especially for those new to marijuana, this whole process may be a little scary. Hopefully we can take some of the unknown out of it.
There's 3 phases of your medical marijuana doctor’s appointment.
- Attend the Appointment
- Follow Up- To do's after the appointment
How do you prepare for the medical marijuana appointment?
First of all, you want to make sure you have the location, directions, date and time, know the price and know what you are getting for that price.
- If you’re looking for inexpensive- does the price include your treatment for the full 7 months (appointments and prescriptions)?
- If you feel that you might want more access to the doctor, does the price you are paying include that? (ie. Do you think you might have a more complicated condition that may take more questions and interaction)
Second, what does the medical marijuana doctor require at his initial exam.
- Does the doctor accept credit cards?
- Does the doctor need to see identification? Usually a Florida Drivers License is sufficient.
- What kind of medical records are required? Does the doctor need to see something official from another MD/DO that shows your diagnosis?
- If you don’t have a record on hand, does the medical marijuana doctor have a medical release to help you get the records. What’s the process.
- Make a list of your symptoms for the condition, know your prior history, and current medications. The medical marijuana doctor will probably ask you about them.
- Create a list of questions. Here are some samples.
- How will medical marijuana interact with my current medications?
- Should I tell my regular doctor about medical marijuana?
- What do you recommend I start off with?
When visiting a medical marijuana doctor, here’s what you should expect.
Paperwork and consent forms. These can sometimes be via iPad/digital and other times on paper
The doctor needs to have complete info for his records and to have an accurate description of your situation/condition.
If you find something confusing, ask the doctor or his team
There are some forms that the state requires that are mandatory. Typically this is included in the doctor’s “consent” package
Payment. Most often, the common practice is to pay prior to the doctor seeing you. This can sometimes be done online in advance or at the doctor’s office.
Meet with the doctor
- The doctor will review your paperwork and records and discuss your symptoms/conditions with you. He/She will probably ask you about your experience with marijuana and discuss what you should expect.
- The doctor will discuss how marijuana works with your body and what you should expect.
- The doctor may discuss different methods of intake (ie sublingual, vaping, capsules, cream) and what some of the dispensaries offer.
Note: the time the doctor spends with you may be correlated to the fee. Ie if you pay $199 for an appointment don’t expect the doctor to spend an hour with you. If you paid $350, then the doctor should go more in depth in all parts of your consultation. Always best to ask these questions ahead of time.
Behind the scenes, assuming the doctor approves you (he’ll let you know at the appointment), he’ll enter you into the Florida State Registry.
What do you have to do after the medical marijuana doctor appointment?
- The doctor and/or his team may help you with your State application. This is the part that you have to complete in order to get your ID. Don’t worry, we have a video on this process and you’re welcome to reach out to CalmEffect if you have questions.
- Once you’ve applied, you should get approved if everything is correct. Early in 2019, we’re seeing patients get approved for medical marijuana in as little as 2 weeks. You do not need to wait until you get the “hard card” in the mail. Once you receive an approval email or you see in the state registry you are approved, you can purchase medical marijuana.
How long is the average medical marijuana doctor’s appointment?
- 10 minutes for paperwork
- 20 minutes for the exam/consultation if you paid <$200 to about an hour if you pay $300 or more.
- 5 minutes for the State application (if the office helps you with it)
Questions? Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information (and videos) on getting medical marijuana in Florida:
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Did you think it was difficult? It’s much easier than people think. Hope this helps! Medical Marijuana. This isn’t brain surgery!