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Top 5 FAQs from Florida Medical Marijuana Patients


Applying for a medical marijuana card in Florida is a straightforward process, but if this is your first application, there may be some parts you are unsure about. How much cannabis can you buy at a time? Are you allowed to grow your own plants? Which doctors are qualified enough to certify your condition?

You have questions, the Sanctuary Wellness Institute has answers. Read on to learn more about the most common questions we receive about the Florida medical marijuana process.

#1: How Can You Apply for a Florida Medical Cannabis Card?


The Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) oversees cannabis card applications for the state of Florida. To apply, you will need to follow these steps.

1.Check that you have a qualifying medical condition.
2.Visit a licensed Florida physician to evaluate your condition.
3.Wait for your physician to email you a Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) ID number and login credentials.
4.Complete your application online or send it to the OMMU office via mail.


You will need to supply proof of Florida residency, identification, and a $75 fee with your application.

You will also need to renew your card at least 45 days before the expiration date, which you can submit your renewal application online or via mail. You can view the OMMU’s renewal application instructions here.


#2: Where Can You Buy Medical Marijuana?

You can buy medical cannabis at any medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) licensed by the OMMU. You can search for an MMTC near you by using the OMMU’s online search tool. Remember to bring your ID, cannabis card, and cash with you each time you buy!


#3: Can You Grow Your Own Marijuana Plants?

Florida law prohibits patients from growing their own marijuana, even if they have a cannabis card. Only licensed MMTCs may grow and dispense this substance. You can face legal consequences if you grow your own cannabis plants.


#4: How Much Cannabis Can You Buy at a Time?


You can purchase up to a 70-day supply of cannabis products at a time, as well as a 35-day supply of dried marijuana flower. You can purchase both of these allotments at the same time, and licensed MMTCs will have allotment trackers to ensure you don’t go over your limit.

Your doctor will create the terms of your prescription, so speak to them about any concerns you have regarding the amount and type of cannabis you buy.


#5: Where Can You Use Medical Marijuana in Florida?


Florida has very strict rules regarding where you can consume or smoke cannabis. In most cases, the only place you can safely consume marijuana is in a private residence.

You cannot use marijuana:

  • In any public place
  • On a school campus
  • In the workplace, unless your employer allows you to
  • While in a car, public bus, train, plane, or boat


Driving while under the influence of cannabis is also illegal and highly dangerous, and MMTCs do not permit marijuana use on their properties. Stay safe and use your medical cannabis in the privacy of your home.


#6: How Do I Become an MMJ Caregiver in Florida?


To become an MMJ caregiver in Florida, you must be at least 21 years old, have been a Florida resident for at least two years, and have no felony convictions. You must also complete a training course and pass a background check.

Once you submit a caregiver application to the state and are approved, you will be able to purchase medical marijuana from dispensaries and possess up to 2.5 ounces at a time.


#7: How Long After a Visit Does it Take to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?


After you have been evaluated by a qualified doctor, it usually takes about two weeks to get your medical marijuana card in Florida. However, the process may take longer if you need to get additional medical records or have any other issues.


#8: How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Florida?


The Florida Department of Health charges $75 for an official state medical marijuana card. Note that you will also have to pay for your appointment with a medical marijuana doctor. In addition, your annual renewal fee for the card would be $75.


#9: How Much is Medical Marijuana in Florida?


The cost of medical marijuana in Florida can vary depending on the type of marijuana product that is purchased. The average price for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana is about $35, but in general that number can range from $20 to $50.


#10: What Types of Payment are Accepted?


At present, the Florida Department of Health only accepts payment for medical marijuana cards through credit and debit cards, money orders, and checks.


#11: Is Insurance Accepted?


In all likelihood, you will not be able to use your health insurance to purchase a medical marijuana card or medical marijuana products since marijuana is still illegal under federal law. However, you can always check with your insurance provider before you purchase anything just to make sure.


#12: Can You Get a Medical Card While on Probation in Florida?


Yes, you can get a medical marijuana card while on probation in Florida. The Florida Medical Marijuana program has many qualifying conditions, and being on probation does not disqualify you from getting a card.


#13: Can You Travel with Medical Marijuana in Florida?


Yes, you are able to travel with medical marijuana in Florida. However, it is important to keep in mind that marijuana is still illegal under federal law, so you will want to make sure you are aware of the cannabis laws in any states you travel to or through.

Additionally, if you are traveling by plane, you will need to check with the airline to see if they have any restrictions regarding carrying marijuana.


#14: Can You Be Denied a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?


It is possible to be denied a medical marijuana card in Florida. The state's Department of Health can deny an application for a number of reasons, such as if the applicant does not meet the requirements or if the department determines that the applicant would not be a safe and responsible user of medical marijuana.

However, it is also possible to appeal a denial. If you are denied a medical marijuana card in Florida, you should speak to an experienced attorney who can help you understand your options and pursue an appeal.


#15: How Do I Renew My Florida Medical Marijuana Card?


If you are a Florida resident and have a current Florida medical marijuana card, you can renew it online or by mail. If you choose to renew it online, you will need to create an account on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry website. Once you have created an account, you can renew your card by following these steps:

Step 1: Log into your account and click on the "Renew Card" tab.

Step 2: Enter your name, date of birth, and ID number.

Step 3: Review your information and click on the "Renew Card" button.

If you are renewing by mail, you will need to download and complete the renewal application. Mail the completed application, along with a copy of your ID and a check or money order for the renewal fee, to the following address:

Department of Health

Office of Medical Marijuana Use

P.O. Box 1327

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1327


#16: Does Florida Allow Reciprocity?


Florida law does not explicitly recognize reciprocity with other states' medical marijuana programs. However, Florida's Department of Health has stated that it will treat out-of-state cards as if they were in-state cards as long as the cardholder is a resident of a state with a medical marijuana program that is recognized by the federal government.

As such, if you have a medical marijuana card from another state, you should be able to use it in Florida.


#17: If I am a Patient, May I Also Serve as a Caregiver for Someone Else?


Yes, medical marijuana patients in Florida are allowed to serve as caregivers for other patients. This means that they can provide assistance with medicating and managing patients' health conditions. Caregivers are also allowed to possess and administer medical marijuana to the patient(s) they are caring for.


#18: Which Agency Oversees Medical Marijuana in Florida?


The Department of Health (DOH) oversees medical marijuana in the state of Florida. They are responsible for regulating and issuing licenses to dispensaries and cultivation facilities, as well as ensuring that patients have access to quality medical marijuana.


#19: When Will Medical Marijuana Edibles Be Available in Florida?


The Florida state government legalized the sale of medical marijuana edibles in 2020. If you have an official Florida medical marijuana card, you can purchase edibles from state-licensed dispensaries.


#20: What Symptoms Can Be Treated with Medical Marijuana?


Medical marijuana can be used to treat a variety of symptoms, including chronic pain, anxiety, and seizures. It can also be used to reduce nausea and vomiting, improve appetite, and help with sleep.


#21: How Does Medical Marijuana Work?


Medical marijuana helps treat certain medical conditions by relieving their symptoms. It does this by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis. This system is made up of receptors that are found all over the body, including in the brain, organs, and connective tissue.

When marijuana is smoked or consumed, the cannabinoids in it bind to these receptors and activate them. This causes the body to produce its own cannabinoids, which then interact with the receptors to relieve symptoms of certain conditions.


#22: What is the Difference Between a Recommendation and a Prescription?


A prescription is a legal document that is issued by a physician which allows the patient to obtain specific drugs from a pharmacy. A prescription must be filled by a licensed pharmacist and must be accompanied by a valid ID.

A recommendation is an authorization from a physician that allows the patient to possess and use medical marijuana. A recommendation does not require a valid ID, but it must be renewed every year.


#23: Can a Minor Enroll in the Florida Medical Marijuana Program?


Yes, a minor can enroll in the Florida Medical Marijuana Program if they have a qualifying medical condition and their parent or legal guardian consents to their participation.


#24: What are the Qualifying Conditions for the Florida Medical Marijuana Program?


The qualifying conditions for the Florida Medical Marijuana Program are cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn's Disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, and chronic pain.


#25: Can I Use Medical Marijuana if I am Pregnant or Breastfeeding?


There is not much research on the safety of using medical marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so it is recommended that you speak with your doctor before using medical marijuana if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


#26: Can Any Doctor in Florida Certify a Patient for Medical Marijuana?


Patients must meet with a state-approved doctor to get a certification that they suffer from one of the state's qualifying conditions in order to be able to purchase medical marijuana from one of Florida’s licensed dispensaries.

While any doctor in Florida can certify a patient for medical marijuana, patients should do their own research to ensure that their doctor is familiar with the process and comfortable with certifying them.


#27: Who Has Access to My Medical Marijuana Records?


Your medical marijuana records are protected by state law. They are confidential and cannot be released without your written consent. However, certain people may have access to them, including your healthcare provider, the Department of Health, and law enforcement officials if they are investigating a crime.


Speak with a Licensed Florida Physician


All Florida patients will need to visit a certified medical marijuana doctor when applying for a cannabis prescription. Finding the right doctor can be a challenge; Florida requires physicians to complete a certain course with each license renewal, and these doctors must be in good standing with the state.

If you need a cannabis doctor, contact the Sanctuary Wellness Institute today. We connect Florida residents with physicians who have the training and good standing necessary to certify them for medical marijuana prescriptions.