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Medical Marijuana: Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. After the initial 70-day prescription, you can get two 70-day renewals without visiting the doctor’s office.

Renewal of a medical marijuana prescription costs $195. We also offer a convenient monthly payment plan to help spread out the cost of your renewal.

  • A caregiver must be 21 years old, and complete a caregiver certification course which costs up to $100. The caregiver must pass a background check if he or she is not a close relative of the patient.
  • The caregiver must be the patient’s legal guardian or have a medical power of attorney.
  • No more than one caregiver may be designated for each patient, unless that patient is a minor. Only one patient can be assigned to one caregiver.
  • A caregiver may be employed through hospice.

The caregiver will be registered along with the patient in the Medical Marijuana Registry, and will receive a medical marijuana card which must be presented with a photo ID when picking up or signing for a medical marijuana prescription.

To prove you are a Florida resident, you must present one of the following documents, along with your photo ID:

  • Copy of your house deed or lease agreement
  • Utility bill no more than two months old
  • State ID or driver’s license
  • Passport

A seasonal resident must reside in Florida for 31 consecutive days every year, return to the state at least once a year, and be registered to vote in Florida.

No. Smoking is still prohibited in Florida. Medical marijuana must be ad ministered with a vaporizer, or as an oil or edible.

No. Patients younger than 18 can get a medical marijuana recommendation if a guardian accompanies them.

You must be personally examined by a doctor who is certified to prescribe medical marijuana, and be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions. The doctor determines that you have a qualifying condition, and that the potential benefits of taking medical marijuana outweigh the risks. The doctor then registers you in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry so that you can receive a medical marijuana card.

Talk to your employer’s human resources department about your medical condition. Taking medical marijuana could jeopardize your employment.

A medical marijuana card is a photo ID card issued by the Florida Department of Health. When you go to a medical marijuana treatment center, you must provide a Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification card to obtain medical marijuana, or a marijuana delivery device. The card may also be used to verify that a patient or legal representative is in the Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

Once your doctor has registered you with the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry, you can apply for a medical marijuana card. You will receive an email with a link to fill out the application on the Office of Compassionate Use website. Your application will be reviewed and, if approved, a medical marijuana card will be sent to you through the mail.

Allow 30 days for the review of your application. There is a $75 application fee.

Medical marijuana cards expire after one year, and must be renewed. To avoid delays in filling your medical marijuana orders, apply for the renewal 45 days before your card expires.

Note: Recent advertising promising a medical marijuana card for a fee are a scam. You can only receive a card by going through the registration process with a qualified physician, and then applying online.

The Medical Marijuana Use Registry is a secure, online database of ordering physicians and qualified medical marijuana patients. It is maintained by the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

It is accessible to ordering physicians, law enforcement, dispensing organization staff, and Office of Medical Marijuana Use staff.

Low-THC marijuana is defined as containing 0.8 percent or less of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and more than 10 percent of cannabidiol (CBD). Low-THC marijuana typically does not produce the euphoria (high) often associated with medical cannabis.

Some medical conditions, like seizures, anxiety, pain, and insomnia, respond best to low-THC, high CBD marijuana. Conditions characterized by chronic pain, depression, fatigue, nausea, wasting, and gastrointestinal disorders respond to high-THC medical cannabis.

When ordering marijuana for a patient, the doctor must specify whether the order is for low-THC marijuana or medical cannabis.

Only a licensed medical marijuana treatment center is authorized to dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients and their caretakers. Medical marijuana clinics and doctors who prescribe medical marijuana are not allowed to sell it. A list of medical marijuana treatment centers is posted on the Office of Medical Marijuana Use website.

You can have your medical marijuana order delivered by courier.

A medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) is a business licensed by the state of Florida to cultivate, process, and dispense medical marijuana products. Currently there are 12 licensed medical marijuana treatment centers, but not all of them are operating yet.

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