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How to get your Florida medical cannabis card
First, you will need to obtain medical documentation from your primary care physician that describes your condition.
Next, you will schedule an in-person appointment with a medical marijuana doctor in Florida. The medical marijuana doctor must be in Florida’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry. If you have a qualifying condition, your certified doctor will enter your information into the Florida Department of Medical Marijuana Use Registry, thus offering a medical marijuana recommendation. You will then receive a patient ID number.
Once your doctor enters you into the state registry, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the patient portal, where you can fill out a card application and pay the $75 fee.
The legislation also expands qualifying conditions to include:
The legislation also expands qualifying conditions to include:
Applicants must be full-time or part-time Florida residents. Full-time residents must submit a valid Florida driver's license or state identification card. The state will not accept alternate proofs of residency when applying as a full-time resident.
If a full-time resident applies online, the registry will automatically verify a driver's license or state ID with the DMV. If applying by paper, full-time residents must submit a copy of a Florida driver's license or state ID card.
According to legislation, a temporary resident is one who:
Temporary residents must submit copies of two of the following documents:
Once you have your card, there are plenty of state-approved dispensaries in Tampa where qualified patients can purchase medical marijuana.
Here are a few great options:
You can find a complete, up-to-date listing of state-approved dispensaries with this search tool sponsored by the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU).
There are three costs associated with obtaining a medical marijuana card in Florida:
1. Initial Medical Marijuana Doctor Appointment
The cost of the first consultation can range from $100 to $350 for new patients.
2. Application Fees
The fee for a new application is $75. Renewal applications are also $75. Online fee payments are subject to a $2.75 convenience fee.
3. Doctor Recertification Fees
Patients must obtain certification from a medical marijuana doctor every seven months. The fees for recertification visits can range from $80 to $200.
Patients or caregivers must submit an annual renewal application 45 days before the card's expiration date. The application can be submitted online or by mail.
The Florida Department of Health requires patients to be re-certified by a medical marijuana doctor every 210 days or seven months.
You can only consume medical marijuana on private, non-federal property that's out of public sight.
You cannot use medical marijuana on or in:
You can drive with medical marijuana products in Florida, but you cannot use medical marijuana products while operating your vehicle.
Cannabis is still considered an illegal, Schedule I substance by the federal government. Therefore, it is illegal to travel to another state with medical marijuana, even if it is legal in that state.
Only Florida residents can buy and possess medical marijuana in Florida. Some states do recognize Florida medical marijuana cards, however. It's best to research medical marijuana reciprocity laws before you travel to another state.
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Medical marijuana now offers Tampa residents more value than ever. Procedures and laws are subject to change, however. The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) has the most up-to-date information for prospective and current medical marijuana patients.