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Your Guide to Medical Marijuana in Florida

Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida since 2014 when the state passed the first program, called the Compassionate Use Act. Since then, the laws have evolved consistently to include more patients with a wider range of conditions and illnesses. Florida still doesn’t have an adult-use cannabis program, but advocates continue to push for amendments to the state’s constitution.
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Medical MJ, cannabis, or weed. Whatever you choose to call it, Florida’s medical marijuana market has been going strong for the past few years.

Despite the popularity of the market, there are a lot of questions about what is and isn’t allowed under Florida’s MMJ laws. We’re here to clear up some of the confusion.

In this article, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about medical marijuana in Florida. Keep reading to learn more.   

Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Florida?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida since 2014 when the state passed the first program, called the Compassionate Use Act.

Since then, the laws have evolved consistently to include more patients with a wider range of conditions and illnesses.

Florida still doesn’t have an adult-use cannabis program, but advocates continue to push for amendments to the state’s constitution.

Here’s a brief overview of the state’s current laws.

Medical patients in Florida may purchase and possess medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary or pharmacy. 

Possession and prescription limits for the different ways to consume cannabis are as follows: 

  • Smoking: a possession limit of 2.5 ounces, and a prescription amount of three 70-day supplies, or six 35-day supplies.
  • Edibles: a possession limit of 4,200 mg of THC or 60 mg daily.
  • Vaporizers: a possession limit of 24,500 mg of THC or 350 mg daily.
  • Pills and concentrates: a possession limit of 14,000 mg of THC or 200 mg daily.
  • Topicals: a possession limit of 10,500 mg of THC or 150 mg daily.

The conditions that qualify for a medical marijuana card include:

  • Conditions that cause chronic pain
  • Terminal conditions
  • Debilitating medical illnesses or conditions
  • ALS
  • Epilepsy & seizures
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cancer
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Parkinson’s
  • MS
  • Crohn’s
  • Glaucoma

Conditions that fall into the first three bullet points require medical evaluations from a state-licensed medical practitioner to confirm eligibility.

Other laws that restrict access to medical cannabis in Florida include the no-home cultivation law and a lack of employment protections for MMJ patients. 

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

Aside from the qualifying health conditions listed above, patients interested in getting a Florida MMJ card must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a permanent resident in Florida (registered seasonal residents may also qualify)
  • Be in possession of a valid diagnosis from a licensed medical practitioner
  • Be a registrant in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry

From there, you should follow these steps:

  1. Find and visit a qualifying doctor
  2. Register on OMMU
  3. Apply online through OMMU

Can You Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card Online?

Yes, you can complete your medical marijuana card application online through OMMU

Florida Medical MJ FAQs

Here are some answers to your questions about medical marijuana in Florida.

How Much is a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?

There are a few fees associated with the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card in Florida.

First, there is an initial fee to get the card which is $75. This card must be renewed annually.

There are also fees associated with the medical visits required to obtain approval for the card from a qualifying doctor. These fees will vary depending on your condition but typically start at $250 and go up from there.

Can You Fly With a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?

The laws surrounding travel and flying with a medical marijuana card are a bit murky. Federally, the drug is still controlled. So transporting it across state lines is not recommended. 

The TSA has publicly stated that seizing marijuana is not the primary objective when it comes to searches and security. Still, TSA agents are legally obligated to confiscate any cannabis products they find in states where the drug is still illegal, even if the traveler has a medical card and residency in a legalized state.

How Can You Find a Medical Cannabis Doctor in Florida?

You can find a medical marijuana doctor in Florida by browsing the state’s registry of licensed MMJ practitioners. The doctors on this registry are qualified to assess and approve patients for medical cannabis use.

Find High-Quality, Safe Medical Cannabis in Qredible

Once you have your medical marijuana card, it’s time to start looking for state-licensed dispensaries that sell safe, high-quality marijuana.

Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

Many legal products sold by licensed dispensaries have tested positive for contaminants and other toxins. Others have inaccurate labels regarding potency and dosage. This can make the shopping process complicated, especially if you’re purchasing medical cannabis or CBD for anxiety.

Medical marijuana users need access to trustworthy, validated information in order to make decisions that will help them purchase the right products. Untrustworthy, low-quality products could not only hurt your wallet but also cause you unnecessary harm.

In Qredible®, medical cannabis users can gain access to reviews, brand history, and validated information about the brands they purchase. Armed with this information, we can create a safer industry that prioritizes honesty, transparency, quality, and safety.

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