Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Florida?
As per the legislation of Florida's Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2, passed November 08, 2016, qualified patients diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition may lawfully obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes, where the patient has been certified by a licensed Florida marijuana doctor.
What Ailments Qualify For Medical Marijuana in Florida?
Patients in Florida diagnosed with one of the following “debilitating medical conditions”, are afforded legal protection under the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, as per Amendment 2:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Back Pain
- Chronic Pain/Severe Pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Muscle Spasms/Chronic Muscle Spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Severe Nausea
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- or any other ailment/condition of the same severity/symptoms, when determined by a physician's opinion that the medical use of marijuana would surpass any potential health risks a terminal condition/terminal illness
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Florida
- Patients must be at least 18 years of age
- You must be a Florida Resident with a valid Florida I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Florida I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
- Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment
- The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition.
- All patients will be required to register with the Department of Health, details will be provided once the Florida Medical Marijuana Program has been fully implemented by the DOH.
- A patient must have tried other treatments without success and the ordering doctor must determine the risks of use are reasonable in respect to the benefits to the patient.
Patient – Doctor Statutorily Required-Documentation must be submitted for the Coalition for Medical Marijuana Research and Education. This documentation must be submitted to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine or the Board of Medicine:
Board of Osteopathic Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1708
Patients have to be re-certified every 30 weeks in order to receive a new medical marijuana recommendation.
Medical Marijuana Access in Florida
Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law. Patients have to undergo a full physical examination and assessment of medical history before receiving a recommendation for a qualifying condition.
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