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Our goal is to represent medical cannabis patients' interests and help potential applicants complete the registration process in their respective states. We provide our services to citizens of various states, including Florida, who are trying to navigate those states' respective medical marijuana programs.

Telemedicine can now be used in Florida to certify patients for medical marijuana cards. Our staff members at the Sanctuary can arrange for you to have a virtual consultation with one of our partnered doctors. To consult with one of our licensed doctors, you do not need to undergo any prior medical evaluations.

Your doctor will assess your health during your appointment to see if you qualify for medical marijuana use in your state. They will quickly submit a certificate to the Florida MMUR if they think you would benefit from marijuana use. You can continue the application process on the MMUR website once your information has been entered into the system.

Call us at (941) 953-8772 to set up a video conference with a medical cannabis doctor.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

How to get your Florida medical cannabis card

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    Call the Sanctuary to Schedule a Visit with a Certified Doctor

    You need a certification from an authorized Florida doctor in order to obtain an official Florida cannabis card. Our helpful staff will schedule your appointment with a licensed doctor and walk you through the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card in Florida.

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    Meet with a Florida Doctor via Phone or Computer

    To obtain a Florida MMJ card, you will need a recommendation from a licensed doctor. Only patients with specific medical conditions like multiple sclerosis and chronic pain are allowed to use cannabis in Florida. You and your Florida cannabis doctor will discuss your qualifying condition during your appointment, and they will conduct an evaluation to determine whether you qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Florida.

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    Submit Your Registration Through the State of Florida’s Website

    You can submit Florida's medical marijuana application online or by mail after your marijuana doctor enters your data into the MMUR. You will be required to submit a passport-style photo, payment, and proof of residency. Your request for a Florida cannabis card will be approved or rejected by the OMMU after it has reviewed your application.

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    Visit a Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center to Purchase Medical Marijuana

    If the OMMU grants you permission to use cannabis, a medical marijuana card will be mailed to you. With that Florida cannabis card in hand, you'll be able to buy medical marijuana products from any licensed dispensary in the state.

About Medical Marijuana

Florida Medical Marijuana

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In 2014, Florida legalized medical marijuana with the Compassionate Use Act. The Compassionate Use Act initially restricted the use of cannabis with a low THC content to cancer and epilepsy patients. In 2016, then-Gov. Rick Scott expanded the Right to Try Act, adding cannabis to a list of experimental drugs for patients with a terminal illness.

The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative was approved by Florida voters in 2016 with 71.3% of the vote. By amending the Florida Constitution to increase the list of qualifying conditions and creating the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, this law effectively expanded the state's medical cannabis program.

Call (941) 953-8772 with any questions and to schedule your evaluation

Florida Qualifying Conditions

  • Also indicated is “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class” qualify. This inclusion prevents the need from outright listing every single potential condition in the law. It is specifically designed to allow people with less common but equally debilitating conditions to get medical marijuana.


Where in Sarasota, FL can I get a medical marijuana card?

To enroll in the state registry and obtain your card, you must consult a qualified medical marijuana doctor and complete an online or paper application. Physicians must opt into the program and complete specialized training to qualify as medical marijuana providers. Your current doctor may not be eligible to enroll you in the registry.

The Sanctuary team is knowledgeable about current Florida medical marijuana laws and experienced in the application process. We can refer you to a qualified doctor who can issue your certification and guide you through each step of the application process. Submitting a strong application will secure the quickest possible approval.

How much is a medical marijuana card in Sarasota?

Medical marijuana cards cost $75. Online applicants must pay by credit card or eCheck. These payments are subject to a $2.75 convenience fee.

Paper applications must include a check or money order payable to the Florida Department of Health. Include your patient ID number and date of birth on the memo line. Be sure to send your application and payment in the same envelope. Applications without a check or money order will not process. The state does not accept cash.

Can I get my medical marijuana card online in Florida?

While you can complete your application online, you must meet in person with an authorized medical marijuana doctor. Online applications have a faster approval time and fewer supporting document requirements than paper applications.

The Sanctuary works with a vast network of compassionate providers. We can connect you with a nearby physician to help you obtain your certificate.

How fast can I get a medical marijuana card in Florida?

Online applications usually receive approval in 10 business days. Paper applications take 15 business days or longer due to postal delivery. Inaccurate and incomplete applications require correction and resubmission, thereby delaying the approval process.

Is it hard to get approved for medical marijuana in Florida?

No. If you have a state-recognized qualifying condition and your physician enrolls you in the registry, getting approved only requires a complete and accurate application.

You only need to provide the demographic information required on the application, a passport-style photo, proof of residency documentation, and payment. If you apply online, the state uses the data on file with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for your photo and proof of residency, further simplifying the process.

Can you go into a dispensary without a card in Florida?

No. Recreational marijuana is illegal in Florida. Dispensaries prioritize patient privacy and safety. Staff members verify ID and patient status before allowing anyone inside a marijuana treatment center.

Can you smoke in public with a medical card in Florida?

No. You cannot smoke medical marijuana in public or in an indoor workplace. Florida also forbids the use of medical cannabis in state correctional institutions and on the grounds of preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools.

You can only smoke marijuana in your residence or another private location with the owner's permission.

Does anxiety qualify for medical marijuana in Florida?

While anxiety is not on the list of approved conditions, your doctor may issue a certification if they consider it comparable to one of those on the list.

During your medical marijuana consultation, be forthcoming and direct with your provider about how your anxiety symptoms impact your life. This will give them a clear understanding of your condition and how medical marijuana could help treat it.

Medical Marijuana Card Sarasota, Fl | Marijuana Doctors The Sanctuary
2065 Siesta Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone: (941) 953-8772
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Directions to our Sarasota, FL Office

From North Sarasota, FL

Head east on Golf Course Dr toward N Tuttle Ave Restricted usage road 0.3 mi Turn right onto N Tuttle Ave 4.7 mi At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Southgate Cir/S Tuttle Ave 197 ft Southgate Cir/S Tuttle Ave turns slightly right and becomes Siesta Dr 1.0 mi Turn right 75 ft Turn right Destination will be on the left 249 ft

From Sarasota Springs, FL

Head south on Amanda Dr toward Webber St 230 ft Turn right onto Webber St 2.6 mi Turn left onto S Shade Ave 0.4 mi Turn right onto Siesta Dr 0.4 mi Turn right 75 ft Turn right Destination will be on the left 249 ft

From Siesta Key, FL

Head north on Midnight Pass Rd toward County Rd 789 Alt 1.8 mi Slight right onto State Hwy 758/Higel Ave Continue to follow State Hwy 758 2.3 mi Continue onto Siesta Dr 0.3 mi Turn left 75 ft Turn right Destination will be on the left 249 ft