Do you have questions about medical cannabis? We have answers!
Florida law defines medical marijuana as all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin, including low-THC cannabis, which are dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center for medical use by a qualified patient.
In Florida, medical marijuana is distinct from low-THC cannabis in that it can contain significant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical compound that causes the “high” commonly associated with cannabis. Unlike low-THC cannabis, the consumption of medical marijuana can lead to potent psychoactive effects in patients.
To legally access medical cannabis a qualified patient must take the following steps:
Be a permanent or seasonal Florida resident
Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a qualified physician
Be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry
Obtain a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card
Do I qualify for cannabis?
Step 1) Qualify
A qualified physician may only order medical marijuana for a patient with a qualifying condition diagnosed by their physician, or equally debilitating condition of the same class.
Who can recommend it?
Step 2) Certify
It is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow Florida law, diagnose patients, determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment, and enter them into the MMU registry.
Where do I apply?
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Step 3) Apply
Patients and Caregivers may complete an electronic or paper application. For step-by-step instructions and other resources, please visit our Registry Identification Cards page.