How to Qualify for Medical Cannabis in Florida
Many people find they are curious about medical cannabis and its potential benefits to their health and quality of life. Those seeking relief from anxiety, assistance with pain management, or other various reasons turn to cannabis for a potential answer to challenges they’ve battled for long and short periods of time.
Individuals interested in the benefits that cannabis may have on their health or lifestyle may find it useful to know how to qualify for medical cannabis in Florida per current regulations.
Here is a quick walkthrough to help guide you on your way to getting your medical cannabis card in Florida.
Step 1: Know which conditions qualify for medical cannabis in Florida
Currently, eligible conditions approved in Florida for a medical cannabis card include the following:
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Terminal Illness
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic muscle spasms
- Or other conditions which have the same symptoms/severity, determined by a physician’s opinion that the use of medical marijuana would surpass any potential health risks
Step 2: See a physician licensed to recommend cannabis
The next step in getting your medical cannabis certification in Florida involves seeking out a physician who is certified by the State of Florida to recommend cannabis as a treatment option for their patients.
There are currently over 1,500 physicians in Florida who are licensed to recommend cannabis for their patients. Numerous means are available for potential patients to find a licensing physician, including the following:
- Viewing our Doctor Locator page which allows patients to find recommending physicians close to them
- Searching for a physician on the Department of Health website
- Referring to this list, updated every Friday by the Department of Health
- Searching online, through popular search engines such as Google or social media networks
- Word-of-mouth referrals
- And, of course, physician referrals
Step 3: Schedule an Appointment
Once you find a licensing physician, the next step is to schedule an appointment and – if your condition qualifies – the recommending physician will make a recommendation to the state that they believe you should receive cannabis as a treatment option for your qualifying condition(s).
Step 4: Submit Your Application
Once this is done, you may then submit your application, required documentation, and necessary payment to the State of Florida. When the required information is received by the Department of Health, they will either approve or deny the application and, if approved, will send an initial email with your temporary card information and subsequently mail your physical card in the following weeks.
Step 5: Purchase Your Cannabis
Once you receive your temporary card, you are eligible to visit any state-licensed medical cannabis dispensary, such as Liberty Health Sciences, in order to place an order for your cannabis products.
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