How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Orlando
Orlando, the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” is shaping up to get a new moniker. With Trulieve opening a second dispensary on Orange Blossom Trail back in June, Orlando might soon be known as the “Medical Marijuana Capital of Florida”!
If you’re dealing with a condition that qualifies you for medical marijuana treatment, getting your medical marijuana card in Orlando is quick and easy. Within a few short weeks of your initial appointment at one of CannaMD’s Orlando offices, with medical marijuana card in hand, you’ll be set to make a purchase at one of the many Orlando dispensaries at your disposal!
Continue reading for all you need to know about what qualifies you for medical marijuana treatment, where to find a medical marijuana doctor in Orlando, and where to shop for all your legal cannabis needs.
ORLANDO LOVES MEDICAL MARIJUANA
The city of Orlando and Orange County have been major supporters of medical marijuana since the passing of Amendment 2 back in 2016, with county officials sparing no time in allowing dispensaries to open their doors to potential patients.
Orlando has been incredibly accommodating to medical marijuana patients and dispensaries, boasting home delivery of legal cannabis, and even Florida’s first drive-thru dispensary!
Getting treatment doesn’t get much easier than that!
GETTING APPROVED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN ORLANDO
Fortunately, CannaMD has two separate locations in Orlando, making getting to your appointment super convenient!
You can find our Orlando offices at:
7932 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
5401 South Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32819
CannaMD physicians are all board-certified and state-licensed to recommend medical marijuana to potential patients. (We say “recommend” in this case instead of “prescribe,” as the FDA has not approved cannabis yet, so it cannot technically be “prescribed.”)
After meeting with one of our certified physicians, and the determination is made that you are eligible for medical marijuana treatment, your recommendation will be forwarded on to the Florida Department of Health. Shortly after, that state will email you login credentials to access their patient portal where you can fill out the Registry Identification Card application and pay the state-required $75 fee.
It takes between 7 and 21 business days to hear back, at which point you will receive a temporary medical marijuana card, which you can print and use to purchase medical marijuana!
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN ORLANDO
As defined in Senate Bill 8A, a qualified patient is:
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.
Simply put, you must:
- Be diagnosed by a certified medical marijuana doctor with a qualifying condition, and
- Be a permanent or temporary resident of Florida.
WHAT CONDITIONS QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
Florida’s Senate Bill 8A outlines specific conditions that qualify you for medical marijuana treatment, including:
Besides the above conditions, Senate Bill 8A goes on to further state that any “diagnosable, debilitating conditions of like, kind, or class” (such as anxiety, depression, or migraines), terminal conditions (diagnosed by a doctor other than your medical marijuana doctor), or chronic nonmalignant pain (defined as pain caused by a qualifying medical condition that persists beyond the usual course of that condition) may qualify you for medical marijuana.
For a complete list of qualifying conditions, check out our Qualifying Conditions Resource Page.
HOW DO I PROVE FLORIDA RESIDENCY?
You’ll also have to prove you are a permanent or seasonal resident in Florida before being approved, which is easy enough.
To prove your Florida state residency, simply submit a photo ID, plus one additional document, such as:
- Copy of a house deed or lease agreement
- Utility bill (no more than two months old)
- State ID or driver’s license
To clear the air on whether you meet the definition of a seasonal Florida state resident, this quote from Senate Bill 8A lays it out plainly:
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.
For a more in depth look at temporary residency and medical marijuana, check out our article: Florida Snowbirds Can Use Medical Marijuana.
WHERE CAN I BUY MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN ORLANDO?
Orlando has so many numerous medical marijuana treatment centers, or dispensaries, to choose from – with more cropping up all the time – that you’ll be hard pressed to decide where to shop!
Consider any of the following dispensaries for your legal cannabis needs:
12402 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837
775 N. Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32807
1901 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
1743 South Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
4544 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32804
1700 N. Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32807
For a more complete list of Florida medical marijuana dispensaries, check out our Dispensaries Page.
READY TO GET YOUR MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD?
Why wait any longer? Give us a call at (855) 420-9170, or fill out our free online application today!