- How do I get a Florida medical marijuana card?
- What are the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida?
- What is a caregiver?
- How do I appoint a caregiver?
- Are patients permitted to cultivate medical marijuana?
- How much medical marijuana are patients permitted to purchase?
- Will Florida dispensaries accept medical cards from other states?
- What medical marijuana products are permitted in Florida?
- How can I find a doctor to approve me for medical marijuana?
- What does the science say about medical marijuana?
- Where does the marijuana come from?
- How will my privacy be protected?
How do I get a Florida medical marijuana card?
If you are a Florida resident and have a qualifying medical condition, you’re eligible to apply for a Florida medical marijuana card. You must obtain a medical marijuana recommendation from a registered physician and submit a patient application to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. The application is available here:
For more information please visit our Get a Card page.
What are the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida?
Patients diagnosed with any of the following conditions are eligible to apply for a FL medical marijuana card:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
- Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.
What is a caregiver?
A caregiver is a person who provides basic assistance to a medical marijuana patient. This often involves helping the patient obtain and administer their medicine, but can involve any number of other activities in which the patient may require some additional support due to their medical condition. Under Florida law, the patient may designate a caregiver (also known as a legal representative) who may visit the dispensary and make purchases on the patient’s behalf.
How do I appoint a caregiver?
Patients may designate a caregiver in their patient application. The caregiver must then complete their own application in order to receive a caregiver card. Please note that caregivers must be over the age of 18.
Are patients permitted to cultivate medical marijuana?
No. Florida’s medical marijuana law does not permit home cultivation.
How much medical marijuana are patients permitted to purchase?
Patients may purchase up to a 70-day supply as determined by their recommending physician.
Will Florida dispensaries accept medical cards from other states?
No. You must have a Florida-issued medical marijuana card in order to visit Florida dispensaries.
What medical marijuana products are permitted in Florida?
A variety of products are available to Florida patients including vaporizer cartridges, capsules, tinctures, topicals, and nasal sprays. Edibles are expected to become available once the Department of Health issues rules for manufacturing edible products. Please note that medical marijuana is not available in smoked form in Florida.
How can I find a doctor to approve me for medical marijuana?
Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use provides a list of physicians who are registered to approve patients for the program.
What does the science say about medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana has been studied extensively by the scientific community and a great deal is known about the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant. Americans for Safe Access has some great resources available online for patients and doctors who want to learn more about the science of medical marijuana, including a selection of booklets on the use of medical marijuana to treat specific conditions. We also recommend this article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta at CNN who writes about how he became a strong supporter of medical marijuana after researching the issue in depth.
Where does the marijuana come from?
All medical marijuana is produced in Florida at one of a few licensed cultivation centers. These facilities are carefully regulated by the Department of Health and must follow strict guidelines to ensure product safety. Medical marijuana products cannot be acquired from any source other than the licensed and regulated facilities.
How will my privacy be protected?
Patient records will be maintained by your doctor and the Department of Health. Strict rules protect the privacy of these records, including the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Your identity and patient status in the medical marijuana program may never be disclosed to anyone without your prior authorization. We take patient privacy very seriously are will gladly answer any questions or concerns you have about this important issue.