With a large percentage of its population being older adults, medical marijuana has become very popular in The Villages. If you’re a resident of this great retirement community, there’s a good chance you are eligible for medical marijuana treatment!
Lots of effort has been made to educate the residents of The Villages on medical marijuana’s benefits, and so many have begun to seek out medical marijuana treatment. If you’re wondering what it takes to get approved for a medical marijuana card in The Villages, we’re here to help.
Over the course of this article, we are going to go into detail on what it takes to get approved for a medical marijuana card, and also give you a few ideas on where you can go to purchase your legal cannabis products once approved.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA APPROVAL PROCESS IN THE VILLAGES
The first step on your journey to getting a medical marijuana card in The Villages is to reach out and schedule an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor. While there aren’t that many options available in The Villages, fortunately CannaMD has a convenient location right in Cline Suites!
To set up your appointment at CannaMD’s Villages location, give us a call at (855) 420-9170. Our Villages office is located at the address below:
4076 E SR 44
Wildwood, FL 34785
On appointment day, you’ll get to meet with a certified medical marijuana physician who will be able to answer any questions you have on your condition, as well as the treatment options available to you. Your doctor will assess your symptoms and, if eligible, send on a recommendation to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) for further consideration.
Shortly afterwards, you will receive an email from the FDOH which contains your login information for their patient portal, where you can go to access the registry identification card application and pay the state-required $75 fee.
After submitting your application, you’ll need to wait 7 to 21 business days to hear back. You’ll then receive an email that includes your temporary medical marijuana card, which you can use that same day to begin purchasing legal cannabis products.
DO I QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE VILLAGES?
Figuring out on your own whether you’ll qualify for medical marijuana can seem daunting, but there’s really not much to it. To qualify for medical marijuana in Florida, you must meet the following criteria:
- 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 IN FLORIDA?
Florida’s Senate Bill 8A outlines what conditions qualify for medical marijuana in Florida. A few of the more common qualifying conditions for medical marijuana include:
The bill goes on to include the following under its list of qualifying conditions:
- 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
For a more detailed look at qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida, see CannaMD’s Qualifying Conditions Resource Page.
HOW DO I PROVE FLORIDA RESIDENCY?
To qualify for medical marijuana in Florida, you’ll also need to either be a full-time or seasonal resident.
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 THE VILLAGES?
While there aren’t any state-licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) in The Villages just yet, you can find many great dispensaries only a short drive away. If you don’t feel like driving, many of these dispensaries even offer delivery services, which make getting your legal cannabis products incredibly convenient, wherever you’re located!
Some dispensaries in the nearby area around The Villages include:
16810 US-441 Suite 501
Summerfield, FL 34491
13940 US-441 #601
Lady Lake, FL 32159
1839 SW College Road
Ocala, FL 34471
11115 SW 93rd Court Road
Ocala, FL 34481
READY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Fill out CannaMD’s easy online application or give us a call at (855) 420-9170 to make your medical marijuana doctor’s appointment today!
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