A great leap in the medical marijuana industry in Florida took place in 2017 in the legislation of the state’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2 that permitted patients with qualifying conditions and medical marijuana card
to buy MMJ. Amendment 2 also expanded the qualifying conditions lists for patients eligible to use low-THC cannabis in the state.
The steps to become a medical marijuana patient
If you’re looking to apply for your MMJ card to become a Florida medical cannabis patient, here are easy the steps to follow.
How much to pay the MMJ card
- Obtain medical records and a signed statement from a physician licensed and registered in the state with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. [You should also be a patient for at least three months before the diagnosis.]
- You also need to submit a proof of residency (a photo ID, a Florida ID or a passport).
- If qualified, the ordering doctor will enter your info into the Compassionate Care Registry database under the Department of Health. [The application can be submitted by the doctor or yourself.]
- Once you’re in the registry, submit the complete application to the Medical Marijuana Use. Registry.
To apply for the Compassionate Use Registry Card, you should pay the fee to meet a qualified doctor, on the average around $100, and then the registration fee for the application, $75.
Once approved and issued the card, you also have to renew it yearly for $75 for the registration fee again.
Learn more about the application process in the state’s official site
What are the qualifying conditions under the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative Amendment 2?
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic muscle spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Post traumatic stress disorder
*Other qualifying conditions can also include those of the same symptoms and severity or if the doctor has determined that using MMJ would help the patient in surpassing the health risks of a certain condition.
Patients can receive their medical marijuana ID card
in about two to four weeks.
- Online applications can take 17 days.
- Paper applications can take up to 23 days.
* Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use
While waiting for the physical copy of the ID card, patients can use the email approval temporarily.
The nuances of buying marijuana
MMJ patients can buy different strains and products for sale at Florida dispensaries, including dried weed for specific symptoms and ailments. Some of them also offer concentrates, oils, liquids, pills, wax, accessories, edibles and topical ointments.
But before you could buy
, you must first show your medical marijuana card and you must be registered into the Compassionate Use Patient Registry database that monitors all patients along with their orders.
If you were, you can buy your supply from the licensed dispensary that will complete your order.
NOTE: Many dispensaries also only accept cash payment because they struggle getting funding or opening bank accounts because of legal controversies and issues.
Regarding if MMJ is covered by insurance
, the answer is no. The reason is that medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. Thus, you cannot use your health insurance to buy medical marijuana. And as marijuana is a ‘recommendation,’ not a ‘prescription,’ it’s disqualified from prescription coverage by insurance companies.
Insurance firms are also federally regulated
, so they comply with the federal laws.]
Where could you use it anywhere along medical cannabis treatment?
You may use it to pay for your visits to the doctor when registering as a Florida MMJ patient.
Unfortunately, some insurance firms deny coverage even for a consultation with the aim of registering to become an MMJ patient.
But if you’re in the clinic for other reasons but issue of weed comes up, the insurance firm may cover the visit.
Now, can you grow your marijuana in the state
? No, you cannot. State laws only allow licensed dispensaries to cultivate medical cannabis.
[Again, weed is illegal under the federal law. It shouldn’t also be transported across state borders. And to answer related Florida MMJ programs and services questions, check this official FAQ page.]
There you have a quick guide on how to get high in Florida and become an MMJ patient. Hope you picked up some useful info to start applying for your medical marijuana card today