Today, there is more than just anecdotal evidence to suggest that cannabis offers medicinal benefits. Scientific research has finally caught up to what users have known for years: marijuana can provide relief from the symptoms of many health conditions. If you’re hoping to reap the benefits of medical cannabis, you may be wondering, “can I buy medical marijuana without a card?” We’ve got your answers.
Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Florida?
At the federal level, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, making it illegal for medicinal and recreational use by default; however, states are free to pass legislation to legalize marijuana usage. On November 8, 2016, a ballot measure called the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative or Amendment Two passed in Florida, making cannabis legal for medicinal use only. A statewide ban on smoking limited patient options until 2019, when smoking medical marijuana was legalized. Edibles were added to the list of approved routes of administration on August 27, 2020.
Do I Need a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
Because marijuana is only legal for medicinal use, you will need a card to purchase medical cannabis in Florida. The law allows those with a card to purchase 2.5 ounces of whole flower cannabis every 35 days.
Requirements for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card
To qualify for a medical marijuana card, you must:
– Be classified as a permanent or seasonal resident of Florida
– Have a qualifying medical condition verified by an approved physician
Qualifying conditions include:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Conditions that are similar to any of the above
- A terminal illness
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida
These are the steps to getting your Florida medical marijuana card:
- Schedule an appointment with a qualified physician.
- Attend the appointment and discuss your concerns. Make sure that you bring a valid Florida-issued ID to the appointment. If you have an established medical history with another physician, it is a good idea to have your records sent. Your doctor will enter you into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry after confirming that you have a qualifying condition.
- Wait for an email. After your appointment, you will receive an email from the Florida Department of Health with login information for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry website.
- Complete the registration. Use the credentials provided in the email to log into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry site. You will then fill out an online application. In addition, you must pay a $75 registration fee.
- Wait for Your Confirmation. You will receive an email confirmation from the Florida Department of Health that you can print out and use as a temporary medical marijuana card. Your official card will then arrive in the mail afterward.
How Do I Find a Doctor in Florida?
We have a handy tool on our website to help you search for qualified physicians near your zip code.
How Long Do You Have to Wait for a Medical Marijuana Card?
Typically, you will receive the email with the temporary medical marijuana ID card from the Florida Department of Health within 14 days of a completed registration.
How Do I Keep My Medical Marijuana Card Active?
There are two parts to keeping your card active:
– Follow-Up Visits With Your Doctor. To keep your card active, your doctor must reaffirm that you require medical cannabis every seven months. The best way to ensure that your card doesn’t lapse is to schedule follow-up appointments every six months. Due to the pandemic, the Florida Department of Health has allowed these follow-ups to be conducted via telemedicine.
– Online Renewal. Your medical marijuana card will have an expiration date printed on the front. It will be one year from when your application was approved. You can begin the renewal process up to 45 days before the date. Simply visit the Medical Marijuana Use Registry and follow the instructions. The renewal fee is currently $75.
Is There a Dispensary Near Me in Florida?
If you live in central Florida, there is likely to be a One Plant dispensary near you. We have locations in Avon Park, Bonita Springs, Boynton Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville Beach, Ocala, Port St. Lucie, and St. Petersburg. If you live outside of the area, you can find a list of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries on the Florida Department of Health website.