Miami, the cultural and economic center of South Florida, was quick to adopt medical marijuana! Since the passing of Florida’s Amendment 2, things are moving fast, with many residents of Miami still confused as to the rules and regulations surrounding medical marijuana in Florida.
If you suspect medical marijuana may help you in any way, and suffer from a condition you think may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Florida, you’ve come to the right place!
CannaMD is here to answer any questions you may have about the medical marijuana card approval process in Florida, and will help guide you through making your initial appointment, all the way up to making your first legal cannabis purchase!
NO SMOKING LEGAL CANNABIS ON THE BEACH
Before getting into the details of how to get a medical marijuana card in Miami, we felt it was important to bring attention to some in-progress legislation in Miami Beach.
Since before medical marijuana became legal, residents of Miami and Miami Beach have complained about beach goers smoking cannabis on the beach. As a result, Miami Beach commissioners recently voted unanimously to disallow smoking legal cannabis on public property, including beaches, parks, and sidewalks.
Following a second round of voting to be conducted in October, if police catch you smoking marijuana, legal or otherwise, while at the beach, you may be arrested. This is going to be treated akin to an open container violation, with up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine being possible punishments!
Bearing this in mind, it’s best to keep your legal cannabis use to private spaces. With that being said, let’s get back to the initial question you came here for: How do you get a medical marijuana card in Miami?
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROCESS IN MIAMI
To get the process started, reach out to CannaMD to schedule an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor. CannaMD can be reached at (855) 420-9170, and has an office in Coral Gables, found at the following address:
2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 300
Coral Gables, FL 33134
At your appointment, you will speak with a medical marijuana doctor who is knowledgeable in all things medical marijuana and its qualifying conditions. They’ll guide you through the medical marijuana approval process, addressing any questions or concerns you have.
After determining your eligibility for a medical marijuana card in Florida, your doctor will forward a recommendation to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).
After the FDOH receives your recommendation, they will send you information on how to access their patient portal. Simply follow the FDOH’s instructions, log into their site, fill out the registry identification card application, and then pay the state-required $75 fee.
It takes anywhere from 7 to 21 business days to receive a reply, at which point you will receive your temporary medical marijuana card which may be printed out and used immediately to begin purchasing legal cannabis products!
DO I QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MIAMI?
So far, this all has been simple enough, but many find it difficult to figure out on there own whether they will qualify.
If you meet these criteria, you may qualify for 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.
MIAMI MEDICAL MARIJUANA QUALIFYING CONDITIONS
One thing many have trouble with is figuring out whether their condition qualifies them for medical marijuana treatment in Florida. Florida’s Senate Bill 8A does a good job of laying it out for you though, highlighting the following as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida:
It goes on further to include the following under the umbrella of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida:
- Any other “diagnosable, debilitating conditions of the same like, kind, or class” (such as anxiety, depression, or migraines)
- Terminal conditions that have been diagnosed by a doctor other than your medical marijuana doctor
- Chronic nonmalignant pain
If you have any questions about your condition, be sure to bring them up during your appointment, or see CannaMD’s Qualifying Conditions Resource Page.
HOW DO I PROVE FLORIDA RESIDENCY?
At this point, all that is left to get approved for a medical marijuana card in Miami is to prove your Florida residency.
To prove temporary residency, you’ll need to supply a photo ID and two of the following documents:
- A deed or monthly mortgage statement
- Proof of residential address from the person with whom you’re staying and a supporting statement
- A utility hook up 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
To qualify for medical marijuana in Florida as a seasonal or temporary resident, you must:
- Live in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days each calendar year
- Maintain temporary residence in Florida
- Return to your home state at least once a year
- Be a registered U.S. voter or pay income tax in another state
If you’re still not sure if you qualify as a seasonal resident, check out CannaMD’s post: Florida Snowbirds Can Use Medical Marijuana.
WHERE CAN I BUY MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MIAMI?
Miami has plenty of dispensaries that you can go to to purchase legal cannabis products. Licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) in Miami include:
1900 SW 192nd Street
Miami, FL 33187
6827 SW 40th Street
Miami, FL 33155
4020 Northwest 26th Street
Miami, FL 33142
9600 SW 77th Ave
Miami, FL 33156
READY TO GET YOUR MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD?
Reach out to CannaMD today at (855) 420-9170 and make your appointment or fill out a quick online application!
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