How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card in Florida 2021

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In Growing Marijuana in Florida – FL Cannabis State Laws (2021) we gave a brief overview on how Florida residents can apply to their state’s medical marijuana program. Recreational marijuana is still illegal in the Sunshine State which is why patients who need medical marijuana still have to register for a medical marijuana card.

Overview of Medical Marijuana in Florida

In November 2016, Florida voters approved Amendment 2, an initiative which sought to legalize the use of cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation for treatment of various debilitating conditions. The previous version of the law, also known as The Right to Try Act, which was approved in 2014 only allowed those who were terminally ill to use marijuana. The 2016 law however, did not allow patients to consume marijuana by smoking but this was eventually changed in March 2019 when SB 182 was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis.

You can read up on the rules here: The 2021 Florida Statues – 381.986 Medical use of marijuana.

Florida’s medical marijuana law allows registered patients to possess and purchase a 35-day supply or up to 2.5 ounces or store a 70-day supply or up to 4 ounces of medical cannabis upon their physician’s recommendation. Home cultivation of any kind is still not allowed in the state. 

  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain*
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD
  • Seizures

Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to the others listed are also accepted, as well as chronic, non-malignant pain caused by a qualifying condition.

Even patients under 18 afflicted with a condition that needs medical marijuana can register for the program, as long as they do so with the help of their parents or legal guardians. However, they also need two state-licensed physicians to confirm their debilitating medical condition. Furthermore, only minors who are terminally ill are allowed to consume marijuana by smoking. Patients who need to use medical marijuana in smokable form have to fill out and submit a consent form before they can do so. 

Caregivers

Patients under 18, or those who are too ill to provide care for themselves can have a designated caregiver. The applicant should be a Florida resident at least 21 years old and cannot be the patient’s qualifying physician, or an employee of a medical marijuana treatment center or laboratory. The caregiver candidate can be the patient’s parent or legal guardian, a health care surrogate responsible for the patient or an individual authorized under a power of attorney to make healthcare decisions for the patient. 

The applicant must also pass a background check and complete a caregiver certification course by the Florida Department of Health.

A caregiver cannot have more than one patient unless:

  • They are a parent of two or more minor qualified patients
  • They are a parent to an adult with disabilities who cannot perform self-care without assistance or supervision.
  • They are employees of a hospice program with multiple qualified patients.

Why should you get a medical marijuana card in Florida?

Since recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida, getting into the state’s medical marijuana program is the only way adult patients and those under 18 can legally use marijuana for their debilitating conditions. A Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) card will also allow the holder to purchase and possess cannabis in certain states.

How to get a medical marijuana card in Florida

The process of applying to Florida’s medical marijuana program is a bit different from other states since it is the physician who has to initiate the registration process by entering your information into the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry. A medical marijuana card in Florida costs $75 and it is possible to apply online or by mail. Meanwhile, requests for an ID Replacement Change, or Surrender costs $15. Online applications are preferred since the Medical Marijuana Use Registry is linked to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FLHSMV) demographic database and the FLHSMV-sourced data will automatically approve the photo and proof of residence, making the process faster.

For patients and caregivers

  1. Set an appointment with a medical marijuana qualified physician in Florida. If your physician decides that your condition needs medical marijuana, he or she will enter your information into the MMUR system. 
  1. Secure the following requirements: 
  • A completed Medical Marijuana Use Registry Patient Identification Card Qualified Patient Application form. Caregivers may use this form.
  • A copy of your Florida driver license or Florida identification card, or other proof of residency.
  • A passport-type 2×2 inch photo taken within the 90 days of the application.
  • Applications for patients under 18 must include a certified copy of a birth certificate or a current record of registration from a Florida K-12 school and a copy of the parent or legal guardian’s Florida driver’s license or state ID, and an MMUR ID card Caregiver Application.  
  1. Log in to the Florida MMUR page and provide the necessary information and requirements there. You will only be able to log into the Registry with the email address you have provided to your physician. Those submitting by mail may send to the following address: 

Office of Medical Marijuana Use
PO Box 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313

Approvals may take up to 10 business days for online applications and an additional 3 to 5 days for those using the postal service.

Frequently Asked Questions on Getting a Florida Medical Marijuana Card

Why do I need to medical marijuana card?

Since recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida, patients in the state need a medical marijuana card to possess and purchase. It is also the only way a minor can legally medicate with cannabis.

Who is eligible for medical marijuana card?

Patients in Florida with at least one of the qualifying conditions below are eligible for a medical marijuana card:

ALS
Cancer
Crohn’s disease
Chronic nonmalignant pain*
Epilepsy
Glaucoma
HIV/AIDS
Multiple sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
PTSD
Seizures

Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to the others listed are also accepted, as well as chronic, non-malignant pain caused by a qualifying condition.

Why would I want a medical marijuana card?

Adult patients and those under 18 in Florida need to apply for a medical marijuana card if they need to legally use marijuana for their debilitating condition.

How long does the process take?

Approvals may take up to 10 business days for online applications in Florida’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry. It may take an additional 3 to 5 days for those submitting via the postal service.

How much does it cost to obtain a medical marijuana card?

The cost of a medical marijuana card in Florida is only $75 while card replacements, changes and surrender $15. 

How many plants can I grow with medical marijuana card?

Home cultivation of medical marijuana is still not allowed in Florida at present.

How much marijuana can I keep with medical marijuana card?

Patients registered in Florida’s medical marijuana program may possess a 35-day supply or up to 2.5 ounces and keep at home a 70-day supply or up to 4 ounces of cannabis.

Conclusion

If you’re a patient with a qualifying condition in Florida, it is definitely worth getting a medical marijuana card since it is the only way an adult or minor patient will be able to use cannabis legally for your debilitating condition. In fact, getting into the MMUR is the only choice for patients in Florida since recreational marijuana is unlikely to be available in the state in the next few years. Additionally, an MMUR card will also allow you to possess and purchase medical marijuana without getting into legal trouble in certain other states. 

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