How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Tampa
The city of Tampa has a lot to offer its residents. With many great beaches, sporting events, and now a bustling medical marijuana industry, Tampa has you covered!
Since Amendment 2’s passing, residents of Tampa have shown a great interest in all that medical marijuana has to offer. Medical marijuana isn’t up for grabs for just anyone, though. Before you can purchase legal cannabis products, you have to get a medical marijuana card.
We’re going to go over what qualifies patients for a medical marijuana card in Tampa and what steps you need to take to acquire one. We’ll also go over where you can purchase legal cannabis products in Tampa, so you won’t have to waste any time searching!
TAMPA UNIVERSITY ADDING NEW CANNABIS PROGRAM
The University of South Florida (USF) has recently announced that it will be adding a new program that focuses on the study of cannabis and medical marijuana. New education programs like these show progress is being made, with Tampa fully willing to not only embrace medical marijuana, but to further our knowledge regarding this amazing plant!
The USF Board of Trustees approved the program, titled the “USF Industrial Hemp Pilot Project,” which will be a program students can pursue at USF Taneja College of Pharmacy. This follows the recent signing of Senate Bill No. 1020 by Governor Ron Desantis, which allows state colleges and universities to actively participate in the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
As a part of this new program, research will be conducted to better understand how the addition of cannabis may impact clinical settings, bio-inflammatory identification, and the testing of different compounds. Also included in this new program will be a research program focusing on drug discovery technology.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA APPROVAL PROCESS IN TAMPA
While many government programs are fraught with red tape and overcomplicated application processes, that is not the case with getting approved for a medical marijuana card in Tampa.
The first step in the medical marijuana card approval process is to set up your appointment with a medical marijuana doctor. There are several certified doctors in Tampa, but none offer the same level of expertise and compassion that CannaMD provides their patients!
To make your appointment, give CannaMD a call at (855) 420-9170. CannaMD’s Tampa office is conveniently located at:
10150 Highland Manor Dr, Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33610
On the day of your appointment, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the approval process and your condition. Your medical marijuana doctor will go over your symptoms and assess whether you may be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida.
Once you are found to be eligible for medical marijuana treatment, your doctor will forward on their recommendation to the Florida Department of Health. The Florida Department of Health will email you instructions on how to access their patient portal, where you can fill out the registry identification card application and pay the state-required $75 fee.
You’ll have to wait between 7 and 21 business days for a response, at which point you should receive your temporary medical marijuana card. You may print your information out immediately and begin purchasing medical marijuana!
DO I QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN TAMPA?
Knowing whether or not you’ll qualify for medical marijuana in Florida all boils down to meeting the following two criteria:
- Being diagnosed by a certified medical marijuana doctor with a qualifying condition, and
- Being a permanent or temporary resident of Florida.
Knowing whether your condition falls under Senate Bill 8A’s list of qualifying conditions is the biggest hurdle most face when considering pursuing medical marijuana treatment. Don’t worry, though! If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you’re likely to be approved:
Legislation also states that if you suffer from any of the following, you may also qualify:
- Any other “diagnosable, debilitating condition of the same like, kind, or class” (such as anxiety, depression, and migraines)
- Terminal conditions that have been diagnosed by a doctor other than your medical marijuana doctor
- Chronic nonmalignant pain
For a more exhaustive list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida, see CannaMD’s Qualifying Conditions Resource Page.
HOW DO I PROVE FLORIDA RESIDENCY?
Don’t forget to bring your photo ID. If you’re a seasonal resident, you can supply two of the following documents to establish temporary Florida residency. Acceptable documents include:
- 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
Medical marijuana in Florida isn’t only for full-time residents! If you meet Florida’s requirements for a seasonal resident, you may still qualify:
- Live in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days each calendar year
- Maintain temporary residence in Florida
- Return to your original state at least once a year
- Be a registered U.S. voter or pay income tax in another state
If you still have questions about seasonal residency, see CannaMD’s post: Florida Snowbirds Can Use Medical Marijuana.
WHERE CAN I BUY MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN TAMPA?
Tampa has no shortage of medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) or dispensaries!
Here are just a few of the dispensaries available to Tampa residents:
7229 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33614
6421 N Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
2605 W. Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL 33609
2558 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33612
4306 S Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33611
8701 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33614
2007 W Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606
GET STARTED TODAY!
Call CannaMD today at (855) 420-9170 to make your appointment, or fill out a quick online application!