Florida is one among the 33 states that have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. It belongs to the five states that have an emerging medical marijuana market. There are now 300,000 patients in this state that are qualified for a medical marijuana card (MMID).
The Florida Medical Marijuana law, also known as Amendment 2, was approved on November 8, 2016, by 71% of Florida voters. It is an addition to the “Medical Marijuana Production, Possession and Use” section in Florida’s Constitution. Amendment 2 aims to protect qualified patients, their caregivers, state-licensed physicians, and dispensaries from prosecution, both criminal and civil. This protection only applies to Florida law and not under Federal law.
If you are a citizen in the state seeking alternative treatment for your illness, here are some answers to pressing questions you need to know before applying for an MMID.
Am I Qualified?
Florida Medical Marijuana law lists a set of conditions that a patient needs to have to qualify for an MMID. Florida laws recommend medical cannabis for the management of serious diseases such as Crohn’s disease, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and multiple sclerosis.
There are exceptions, though. Medical marijuana can be recommended by doctors for chronic pain as long as it is connected or comparable to one of the qualifying conditions.
How Can I Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
Getting an MMID in Florida entails three easy steps.
First, book a consultation with a state-certified doctor. It would be more convenient and time-efficient if you enlist the services of a medical marijuana network. One of their doctors will evaluate your symptoms and medical history.
Next, the doctor will issue a recommendation if he/she finds out that you are qualified for medical cannabis treatment.
Lastly, the medical network will facilitate the submission of the completed application form to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. The Department of Health will review the application. If all is well, you will receive the MMID in three weeks.
The card can be used to purchase medical cannabis in licensed dispensaries across Florida.
Can I Grow My Marijuana?
Having an MMID is not a license for you to grow your marijuana plant. Florida law only allows licensed dispensaries to cultivate, process, and dispense cannabis. Bear in mind that the state can still prosecute any individual suspected of growing his/her marijuana.
Can I Use My License to Possess or Use Marijuana in the Other States?
Florida does not have a law of reciprocity. It means that a patient cannot use or possess cannabis in other states. Consequently, licensed patients from other states cannot use or possess marijuana in the State of Florida.
Remember, marijuana is considered an illegal substance under federal law, so a patient will face charges if he/she tries to cross state lines with marijuana in tow.
Today’s generation is fortunate to have alternative treatment methods that are supported by their respective local governments. Florida has made medical marijuana accessible to those who need it with its patient-friendly guidelines. It is about time that this medicinal herb gets a chance to heal and restore people.