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Florida Snowbirds Can Use Medical Marijuana

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Affectionately referred to as snowbirds, seasonal Florida residents may legally qualify to use medical marijuana while visiting the Sunshine State.

Important definitions

According to Florida Senate Bill 8A, which outlines guidelines for the state’s medical marijuana program, a qualified patient means:

A resident of this state [Florida] who has been added to the medical marijuana use registry by a qualified physician to receive marijuana or a marijuana delivery device for a medical use and who has a qualified patient identification card.

However, Bill 8A expressly states that individuals who meet the definition of seasonal residents may qualify, as well:

[T]he term “seasonal resident” means any person who temporarily resides in this state [Florida] for a period of at least 31 consecutive days in each calendar year, maintains a temporary residence in this state, returns to the state or jurisdiction of his or her residence at least one time during each calendar year, and is registered to vote or pays income tax in another state or jurisdiction.

Proving seasonal residency

While Florida residents are required to provide a copy of their driver’s license or other state-approved form of identification, seasonal residents may submit a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:

  • 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 other 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 hookup 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
  • Any other documentation that provides proof of residential address as determined by department rule

Qualifying conditions

Florida snowbirds suffering from any of the following conditions may qualify for medical marijuana treatment:

How to qualify

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  1. I am a current snowbird from Canada and reside in Bonita Springs Florida for at least 3 months of the winter. We own our home and do our banking here and pay taxes on our home each year. I am carded in Canada and use medical marijuana daily in Canada. I am not allowed to bring it with me and suffer from pain daily. How can I get medical marijuana here in Florida? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Anne! We can definitely help! Please give us a call at 1 (855) 420-9170 and one of our patient liaisons will be happy to walk you through the process. You might also benefit from reading our free e-book: Medical Marijuana: Basics. We look forward to talking soon!

  2. I have my medical card in Florida issued in sept of this year, due to medical needs I may need to live in New York State and snow bird in Florida. Please advise on forms ,any information would be greatly appreciated . Thank you

    1. Hi Sharon! Please give our patient liaisons a call at 1 (855) 420-9170 so they can walk you through the specifics of your personal requirements 🙂

  3. I am living here in Florida for 3 months. I rent a condo from a guy who owns 4 condos in the building. Can he vouch for me that I’m here for 3 months. I don’t have a tax bill or a Florida drivers lisence. I do have a TD cross border banking account. Would that be sufficient in order for me to get a card

    1. Hi Rickey! You’d need to provide one of the listed forms of documentation; however, if you’re on a lease for the condo you’re renting that should suffice! For more details, please feel free to call our qualified team at 1 (855) 420-9170. Please let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help!

  4. We snowbird in Florida a total of 6 months. The Campground we stay at has a Postal Service separate from their office. Our mail is delivered from Indiana address to the Florida address for 6 months. Based on this information would I be able to get a card . I have never used medical marijuana. What would the process be. Thank you, Sandra Hardin

    1. Hi Sandra! It sounds like you would qualify, as you must submit two pieces of documentation, which could include: 1) Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old, and 2) Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old. To get started, fill out our easy online application (available here) or call 1 (855) 420-9170. Our patient liaisons can walk you through each step! The whole process is quick and easy 🙂

  5. hi I sent a utility bill under 2 months old scanned on my phone as well as my buyers settlement and mail from the social security admin both also scanned in from my phone app. A passport photo from Walgreen that was also scanned from my phone app and everything was denied? am I doing something wrong? The only thing they too was my $75

    1. Hi Cynthia! Are you a CannaMD patient? If so, give us a call at 1 (855) 420-9170 and we’ll see what we can do to help! 🙂

  6. Hi
    As I am a Canadian, I really am worried that Trump may say no for my entry into usa and not allowed to indulge from smoking cannibalism, what should I do.

    1. Hi John! If you’re a seasonal Florida resident, you may qualify for a medical marijuana card in Florida. Give us a call at (855) 420-9170 to learn how we can help!

  7. I have been bringing my wife to the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville Florida for about 6 years now for severe intractable pain. While we have not spent 31 consecutive days there we spend over 31 days there each year. Is there a provision for this.

    1. Unfortunately, the 31 days do need to be consecutive. We’re so sorry to hear about your wife’s health struggles. Please feel free to give us a call at (855) 420-9170 if there’s anything else we can do to help.

  8. I’m in Georgia and have MS Iwhat what I have to do to prove I can get a address for a month a year even if it’s a family member I heard all the so I’d sent your paper work there and then I heard u could have a Florida license with a GA address any info would be great I’m 33 and in the worst pain of my life and Georgia green ain’t great unless u know the source it’s coming from. But in desperate need… and sorry for the shitty writing and punctuation it’s cold and I’m high out side thanks in advance

  9. I am a Georgia resident and I have a Georgia Med. Marijuana card. I’m also a seasonal Florida resident for 2 months it of the year. How do I obtain marijuana in Florida? Does my Ga. Med. Marijuana card qualify me to obtain the pot in Fl? Will I have to jump through Hoops and incur additional expenses in Fl even though I have a Dr I see in Ga?

    1. Hi! Unfortunately, FL does not recognize GA medical cards; you will need to get a FL card. That’s where we come in! Feel free to call our CannaMD doctors at (855) 420-9170. We’re happy to help get you certified!

  10. I am staying with our daughter in Fl. She will give me a letter stating that. I have a Chase bank account in our home state. They will mail me a statement. Will that work for the financial documents?

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