The State of Florida passed the Compassionate Use Act in 2014, legalizing medical marijuana for residents with qualifying conditions. Since then, the laws have continued to evolve to include more illnesses, though the state still does not have a recreational adult-use cannabis program. After legalization, there was still a lot of confusion around the process for qualifying for a medical marijuana card. In 2017, the Florida Senate amended an existing section of the Florida Statutes to include provisions directing the Florida Department of Health to develop a statewide public service education campaign. Let’s dive into some of the topics covered by that campaign and other useful tips and tricks to obtaining your medical marijuana card in Florida. Qredible® created the Q-Trust Registry, the first and only system that provides a digital registry and integrated network of validated and verified suppliers. We’re launching a free app for consumers soon–sign up to learn more.
Qualifying ConditionsIn Florida, a qualified patient must be a permanent or seasonal resident of the state, be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition, and must obtain a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card. The following are the qualifying conditions:
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician issuing the 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 condition
Finding a Qualified PhysicianFlorida created a state registry of licensed medical marijuana practitioners. All doctors found in the registry are qualified to assess and approve patients for medical cannabis use. These qualified physicians must:
- Have an active, unrestricted license under specific Florida Statutes.
- Complete the two-hour continuing medical education course and examination provided by the Florida Medical Association.