If you reside in or around the beautiful coastal city of Fort Lauderdale, you may have heard the news of Trulieve, Florida’s largest licensed cannabis dispensary, opening the first medical marijuana dispensary within city limits.
This is exciting news, and while beach therapy might be enough for some, for those suffering from some debilitating and chronic conditions, medical marijuana holds the key to relief.
If you’re wondering whether you qualify for a medical marijuana card in Fort Lauderdale, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to go over the process of getting a medical marijuana card in Florida, and will review what options you have as far as shopping for legal cannabis products in and around Fort Lauderdale.
LEGAL MARIJUANA: BIG IMPACT ON FORT LAUDERDALE
Fort Lauderdale has been one of the hold-out cities in Florida, that sought to restrict medical marijuana treatment centers from opening within its limits. Things are beginning to look up though, with medical marijuana companies including MedMen and One Plant seeking approval to open up shop within Fort Lauderdale.
This is great news for medical marijuana patients in Fort Lauderdale who don’t want to make the drive out of town to pick up their legal cannabis products. While many dispensaries offer medical marijuana delivery services in Fort Lauderdale, some patients would prefer to shop at a physical location.
Despite Fort Lauderdale’s hesitance to allow medical marijuana patients unrestricted access to purchase legal cannabis products, it has had a big impact on the area! Many new jobs have been created in the area as a result of medical marijuana, with the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area recently making the list of top areas for marijuana jobs in the country!
GETTING APPROVED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Back to what you’re really here for: How do you get a medical marijuana card in Fort Lauderdale? The process is actually quite simple!
The first thing you have to do is reach out to a medical marijuana clinic and set up an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor. CannaMD has you covered, with an medical marijuana physician’s office conveniently located within Fort Lauderdale:
1451 W Cypress Creek Road, Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Upon arriving at your appointment at CannaMD, one of our board-certified medical marijuana physicians will go through the steps of getting approved, and will answer any questions you have about medical marijuana treatment.
After your medical marijuana doctor finds that you qualify, they will send their recommendation on to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Shortly after, the FDOH will provide you with a login for their patient portal, where you can then apply for a registry identification card, and pay the state-mandated $75 fee.
It takes between 7 and 21 business days for your application to process, after which, you will be emailed a temporary medical marijuana card that you can print out and use to purchase legal cannabis products!
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FORT LAUDERDALE
You’re likely still hesitant to make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor, without having any idea of whether you are likely to get approved. The good news is: CannaMD appointments are FREE if you don’t qualify! Also, the qualifying process isn’t as complicated as it seems!
You must meet the following criteria to receive a medical marijuana card in Florida:
- Be diagnosed by a certified medical marijuana doctor with a qualifying condition, and
- Be a permanent or temporary resident of Florida.
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FLORIDA?
Florida’s Senate Bill 8A states that the following conditions qualify you for medical marijuana treatment:
Senate Bill 8A further elaborates that the following may also qualify you for treatment:
* Terminal conditions (diagnosed by a doctor other than your medical marijuana doctor)
* Chronic nonmalignant pain (defined as pain caused by a qualifying medical condition that persists beyond the usual course of that condition)
See CannaMD’s Qualifying Conditions Resource Page for even more eligible conditions!
HOW DO I PROVE FLORIDA RESIDENCY?
Florida law states that permanent and seasonal residents may qualify for medical marijuana treatment. To meet Florida’s definition of a temporary resident, you must:
- Live in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days each calendar year
- Maintain temporary residence
- Be in Florida at least once a year
- Be a registered U.S. voter or pay income tax in another U.S. state
A government-issued photo ID and two of the following documents are enough to prove Florida residency:
- A deed or monthly mortgage statement
- Proof of residential address from the person with whom you’re staying and a supporting statement
- A utility hookup or work order
- A utility bill
- Mail from a financial institution
- Mail from a government agency
- Any other documentation that provides proof of residential address
For more information on temporary residents, see CannaMD’s post: Florida Snowbirds Can Use Medical Marijuana.
WHERE CAN I BUY MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FORT LAUDERDALE?
Until recently, Fort Lauderdale residents had to either make the drive out to nearby cities such as Deerfield Beach or take advantage of one of the many Florida dispensaries’ delivery services.
At the time of publications, patients’ best option for a nearby dispensary is Trulieve’s newly opened Fort Lauderdale location, which can be found at:
1417 Southwest 40th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317
Other dispensaries near Fort Lauderdale include:
148 North Federal Highway, Suite 146, 148, 150, and 152
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
2305 W Hillsboro Boulevard
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
458 W Hillsboro Boulevard
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
1101 S. Powerline Road, Suite 104
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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