How to get your Florida medical cannabis card
To begin, you'll need medical documentation from your primary care physician describing your ailment.
Next, you'll make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor in Florida. That doctor must be in Florida's Medical Marijuana Use Registry. If you meet the state's criteria, your licensed doctor will enter your information into the Florida Department of Medical Marijuana Use Registry and give you a medical marijuana recommendation. After that, you'll be given a patient ID number.
Finally, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the patient portal, where you can fill out a card application and pay the $75 charge as long as your doctor has entered you into the state registry.
The legislation also expands qualifying conditions to include:
The legislation also covers the following situations:
Applicants must live in Florida full-time or part-time. A valid Florida driver's license or state identification card is required for full-time residents. When applying as a full-time resident, the state will not accept other proofs of residency.
The registry will immediately verify a driver's license or state ID with the DMV if a full-time resident applies online. Full-time residents must supply a copy of their Florida driver's license or state ID card if applying on paper.
According to Florida law, a temporary resident is one who:
Temporary residents must submit copies of at least two of the following documents:
Once you have your MMJ card, there are a variety of state-approved dispensaries in Fort Myers at which you can use it. Some of the best ones include:
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 is $199 for new patients.
2. Application Fees
The fee for a new application is $75. Renewal applications are also $75. Online 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 fee for recertification visits is $99.
Patients and caregivers must apply for an annual renewal 45 days prior to their cards' expiration dates. You can submit your application either online or via mail.
Patients must be re-certified by a medical marijuana doctor every 210 days or seven months, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Florida law states that you can only use medical marijuana on private non-federal property that’s out of sight from the public. You cannot legally consume medical marijuana on or in the following places:
In Florida, you are permitted to drive with medical marijuana on your person, but you are not permitted to consume medical marijuana while operating a vehicle.
The federal government still considers cannabis to be an unlawful Schedule I drug. As a result, even if medical marijuana is permitted in another state, it is illegal to travel there with it.
Only Florida citizens are allowed to purchase and possess medical marijuana in Florida. However, some other states do accept Florida medicinal marijuana cards. Before traveling to another state, it's a good idea to look into their medical marijuana reciprocity regulations.
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Medical marijuana now offers Fort Myers 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.