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Once approved, you can legally purchase cannabis in Florida. Simply print out your approval letter from the state and take it to the Medical Marijuana Treatment Center of your choice.
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Getting a medical marijuana card in Florida is a pretty similar process to other medical states. You can do it in four simple steps.
Florida provides a list of qualifying conditions, but it’s not an all inclusive list. If your condition isn’t listed below, you may still be qualified if you have a condition that could be classified as the “same kind or class or comparable to the others listed.”
Marijuana has long been an illegal substance in the state of Florida since its original prohibition in the 1930s. In 1933, a young man named Victor Licata had murdered his parents and siblings while they were sleeping. At the time, the Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa police department blamed Licata’s use of marijuana for the murders. They, and other Florida newspapers, used this pretense to push for the substance’s strict prohibition.
Since then, marijuana has remained a Scheduled substance with harsh penalties attached to its possession. Things began to change, however, around 2014, when Governor Rick Scott legalized CBD oil with the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act.
During this same time, the first serious efforts began to put a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot that would allow access for patients with certain qualifying conditions. These efforts came into fruition in 2016, when the Right To Try Act was expanded to include the use of medicinal cannabis for terminal patients.
That same year, Amendment 2 was approved, and the question regarding the legality of MMJ was put on the 2016 ballot. Then, in November of that year, Florida voters passed the measure with an overwhelming margin, 71.3% against 28.7%. The initiative had massive support. The initiative treated medical marijuana much like a pharmaceutical medication. The state also banned smoking marijuana flower.
Finally, Florida’s marijuana smoking ban was ruled unconstitutional before it was repealed in 2019. Florida now has a booming medical marijuana industry with more than a $2 billion potential, and efforts are underway to fully legalize the plant for adult use.
If you wish to have a caregiver purchase and administer your cannabis, you must tell your doctor at the time of your evaluation. Your physician is the only person who can enter your caregiver into the system.
Once the physician enters your caregiver into the registry, they will receive a notification email with their application information. From there, the application process is essentially the same as it is for patients, except the caregiver will need to complete a quick Caregiver Certification Course that teaches them the basics of the law and how to properly fulfill their duties.
Your caregiver will need to repeat this short course once every two years. Registrations must be renewed annually.
Renewing your Florida medical marijuana registration is just as simple as completing your initial application. You must be re-evaluated every 210 days (most people just see their doctor every six months to avoid lapse in care), but you’re only required to renew your Florida MMJ card annually. You aren’t required to see the same doctor to renew your recommendation.
It’s a fairly straightforward process and only takes a few minutes to complete if you have your documents handy.
Update 8/29/22: Under a new rule, Florida’s 745,000 medical marijuana patients will now be limited to a maximum of 24,500 milligrams of THC every 70 days, or a maximum of 2.5 ounces of marijuana in its smokable form every 35 days.
Florida only allows the use of medical marijuana for certain qualifying conditions. Recreational cannabis isn’t legal…yet. You must use your cannabis in private. Public consumption is not allowed. If you have a prescription for smokable flower, you can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis at a time and can possess up to four ounces at home.
For all other products, the state allows patients to purchase up to a 35 day supply as prescribed by the doctor, much like a prescription for any other pharmaceutical drug. Edibles are available and are capped at 10mg of THC per serving like most states.
Unfortunately, Florida doesn’t allow personal cultivation of cannabis. Patients can only legally obtain medical marijuana products from a state-licensed medical marijuana treatment center.
It’s illegal in every state to drive under the influence of cannabis.
Florida is a southeastern state located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. With over 21 million residents to its name, it is the third most populated state in the United States.
Florida was first named by the Spanish explorer Ponce de León who called it the “land of flowers.” Following wars by the U.S. military against the local Seminole tribes, the state was admitted into the Union in 1845.
Now, residents and visitors flock to Florida’s sunny beaches and beautiful weather. It is a famously popular tourist attraction for both American and international visitors alike. Some of the most notable attractions are Walt Disney World Resort, the Everglades National Park, SeaWorld, Universal Resort, Busch Gardens, the Salvador Dali Museum, Miami’s Art Deco Historic District, the Kennedy Space Center, and Key West.
NuggMD is a platform that allows medical marijuana patients to be connected with state-licensed medical marijuana doctors in their local area. Every one of our partnering physicians is trained and informed about the medicinal uses and benefits of cannabis.
NuggMD is the top platform for physicians to use for medical marijuana evaluations. We’ve partnered with medical marijuana doctors in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia. Thus far, we’ve connected hundreds of thousands of potential patients with the most knowledgeable and humane cannabis practitioners. Our mission at NuggMD is to help qualified medical patients get the medical marijuana recommendations they need.