How Do I Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card?
Book Your Appointment
The first step is to book an appointment with your physician. You will need to provide a basic medical history and schedule an appointment with a MMJ doctor (a “qualified physician”). Please note that patients who are terminally ill, and minors (under 18 years old), require a recommendation from a second physician, and proof of that needs to be recorded in your medical records.
Talk to a MMJ Doctor
A licensed MMJ doctor will evaluate you and determine whether you are eligible for a MMJ card. To qualify for a MMJ card in Florida, you must be able to prove you are a permanent or a seasonal resident of Florida. You must also have been diagnosed by a doctor who has completed the required training (“qualified physician”) with a qualifying medical condition (see list below).
If approved, your information will be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. Please note that if you have a caregiver, their details will also need to be added to the registry.
Receive a MMJ Card
Once you are approved and added to MMJ Use Registry in Florida, the average processing time for an online application is ten business days. Please allow another three-to-five days if you are applying by mail.
Patients can get a temporary order from a licensed dispensary known as a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) with an approval email until they receive their MMJ card in the post.
After you receive your MMJ card, you can legally purchase marijuana from any licensed dispensary in Florida.
Please note that in Florida, MMJ cards are valid for one year. However, patients must see a medical doctor in the state every 210 days to renew the certification.
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How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida
- A Step-by-Step Guide
- Complete the Patient Attestation Form. Bring it with you to your doctor’s appointment.
- Apply for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID card with Florida’s Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use.
- Submit all necessary documents and pay the $75 application fee.
- Re-certify your MMJ card every 210 days with a doctor. Recertification within the same year is free.
- A medical marijuana card in Florida expires after one year.
Permanent or seasonal residents of Florida can access the MMJ program. A seasonal resident is someone who:
- Lives in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days a year
- Maintains a temporary residence in Florida
- Return to Florida at least once a year
- Is registered to vote or pay income taxes in Florida
Florida Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions
To qualify for the Florida medical marijuana program, you need to:
- Be at least 18 years old. Minors require recommendations from two physicians and the consent of their legal guardian/s.
- Receive a recommendation from a physician for marijuana use – the physician must be registered with the MMJ program in Florida.
- Have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition(s).
Patient Qualifying Conditions
Florida has a list of qualifying conditions that make residents of the state eligible for medical cannabis certification. Thus far, the Sunshine State has approved the following conditions:
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- HIV / AIDS
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Comparable medical conditions to the ones listed above.
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a doctor other than the physician issuing the certification.
- Chronic non-malignant pain caused by a qualifying condition or pain that persists beyond the condition’s usual course.
Qualified patients who are under the age of 18 must appoint a caregiver to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary on their behalf. Please note that only the patient’s qualified physician can add the caregiver to the patient’s profile on the MMJ Use Registry.
To be added to the registry, the patient’s caregiver must:
- Prove their address with a valid driving license or a Florida state ID card
- Provide an active email address
- Provide a photo
A caregiver card costs $75; however, we can assist patients and caregivers in applying together, saving you money, and if you are not approved, we guarantee a full refund.
Caregiver Certification Course
Under Flordia law, caregivers must take a Caregiver Certification Course every two years. The course is free and available on the MMJ Use Registry.
A Brief History of Cannabis in Florida
Florida legalized medical marijuana in 2016, and now over 778,000 people have obtained a MMJ card in the Sunshine State. However, Florida does not allow recreational marijuana use. The most recent efforts to legalize the adult use of marijuana in the state were thwarted by the Florida Supreme Court. On June 17, 2021, Florida’s Supreme Court ruled that the language contained in the Florida Marijuana Legislation Initiative was “misleading” and, therefore, could not be included on the state ballot.
Florida Medical Marijuana Laws and Rules
To qualify for a MMJ card you must:
- Be at least 18 years old. Minors must obtain recommendations from two physicians and the consent of their legal guardian/s.
- Receive a recommendation from a medical marijuana physician registered with the Florida MMJ program.
- Have been diagnosed by a “qualified physician” with a qualifying medical condition.
To obtain/renew a MMJ card:
- You must complete a Patient Attestation form and bring it to your appointment with your doctor.
- You must re-certify your MMJ card every 210 days.
- You must complete your application for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card with the Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use, submit all the required documents, and pay a $75 application fee.
- Your MMJ card is valid for a year
What Types of Cannabis Products Can I Purchase in FL?
You can purchase the following cannabis products in a dispensary in Florida:
- Dried flower
- Topical Products
How Much Cannabis Can I Buy & Possess?
You can purchase up to a maximum of 2.5 ounces of cannabis in any given 35-day period.
Where Can I LEGALLY Purchase MMJ in Florida?
You can legally purchase MMJ in any of the 470 plus state-approved, licensed dispensaries in Florida.
Can I Take My Marijuana with me to a Different State?
No, under federal law, it is illegal to cross state lines with marijuana, regardless of whether that state permits the use of marijuana.
FAQ About Obtaining a MMJ Card in Florida
The patient's MMJ card becomes invalid after one year, so they must renew it before it expires. To do so, they must schedule an appointment with a doctor, pay a renewal fee, and submit any accompanying documents to the department within a 45-day window of the card's expiry date.
The process, including scheduling doctor's appointments, being approved and registered, and receiving your MMJ card, generally takes five business days plus another five days for the MMJ card to be printed and posted to you.
MMJ Card Online has a very high approval rate. However, if you are not approved, you will receive a full refund.
The cost of obtaining a MMJ card in Florida includes:
- 1. The initial payment for the appointment with the qualified physician is approximately between $150 and $250. However, the cost varies depending on the location.
- 2. An application fee of $75.