Florida’s Medical Marijuana Laws That You Need to Know

If you’re trying to learn about medical marijuana laws in Florida, the information out there can be really confusing. Since marijuana use is still such a controversial subject, it’s natural for people to want to know all of the rules before considering it as a treatment option. In this post, we break down the laws related to medical marijuana use in Florida. Want to read all of the laws yourself? Here’s a link to Florida Senate Bill 8-A and Florida Statute 381.986 – Medical use of marijuana.

To legally use medical marijuana in Florida, you must:

Be a permanent or seasonal resident of Florida

To qualify for a state-issued medical marijuana registry use card, you must live in the state of Florida as either a permanent or temporary resident. Permanent residents are those who live here in the Sunshine State all year, while seasonal residents include students going to school out of state, but still officially residing at home here, or even snowbirds who only come down during the winter months.

Permanent residents will be asked for a state-issued identification card, such as a Florida Driver’s License, to prove residency. If you are a seasonal resident, be prepared to provide more information to prove your residency here.

Have a qualifying condition

Medical marijuana is only approved in Florida for certain medical conditions. According to the official statute, the only conditions approved for this treatment in Florida are:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those named above
  • A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the certification for medical marijuana
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain

Be examined by a physician approved by the state to prescribe medical marijuana and receive a prescription from that physician

Physicians must be approved by the state of Florida to prescribe medical marijuana or even recommend a patient to be added to the state registry. This approval involves continuing education each year to ensure that the physician is prescribing medical marijuana in accordance with state laws and current best practices. After an in-person examination with one of our network physicians, they will decide if medical marijuana is the best treatment option for you. If it is, they will recommend that you be added to the state registry and provide you with a prescription that can be filled at a state-approved dispensary.

Be added to the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry

If a physician decides that medical marijuana would provide significant relief for your condition, they will send your information to the state Medical Marijuana Use Registry for review. If approved, you will be issued a Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry Card, allowing you to enter state-approved dispensaries and get your medical marijuana prescription filled.

Only purchase medical marijuana at a state-approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Center

Medical marijuana may only be purchased at a state-approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC). MMTCs are also commonly referred to as dispensaries. If you purchase marijuana anywhere else, even if it is labeled for medicinal use, it is not covered by medical marijuana laws and you may be subject to arrest, criminal charges, fines, and revocation of your Medical Marijuana Use Registry card.

Update your registry listing annually

You must renew your certification on the state Medical Marijuana Use Registry each year by submitting a renewal application and fee. If you do not submit these documents on time, there could be a disruption in filling your prescription, which could lead to an exacerbation of symptoms. It is imperative that you always complete and returns any documents sent to you by the Medical Marijuana Use Registry as soon as possible.

Only use medical marijuana where it is allowed

According to state law, medical marijuana may not be used:

  • On any form of public transportation*
  • In any public place*
  • In the patient’s place of employment (unless permitted by his or her employer)
  • In a state correctional institution
  • On the grounds of a preschool, primary school, or secondary school
  • On a school bus
  • In a vehicle
  • In an aircraft
  • On a motorboat*

* Low-THC cannabis in non-smokable forms, such as edibles, are permitted

Get Medical Marijuana for Your Qualifying Condition Today

Hakunah Matata has helped countless Floridians get their medicinal marijuana card and prescription to help manage their debilitating conditions, and we can help you too! Call us at (239) 789-6561 or contact us online to start the process towards better health and quality of life with life-changing medical marijuana today!