Florida Medical Marijuana Qualification
Florida’s government has an official list of medical conditions for which medical marijuana is considered an applicable treatment. These include:
- Muscle Spasms
- Back Pain Severe and Chronic Pain
- Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
- Severe Nausea
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Chron’s Disease
- Chronic Abdominal Pain
- Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sickle Cell Anemia
If you don’t see your condition listed, don’t lose heart. Florida has actually done better than some of the other 20 states that have legalized medical marijuana. While other states might stick closely to their “authorized” list, Florida prefers to use a broad-spectrum approach. The government has allowed doctors to determine if you qualify for medical marijuana use. That means even if your specific condition isn’t listed on the state’s sanctioned roster, there’s still a chance that you can use medical marijuana to treat it, so long as your doctor approves the decision and will write you a certification. Then, all you have to do is apply for a license with the Florida Department of Health and choose a dispensary.
How Do I Qualify for The Medical Marijuana Program in Florida?
- You must be a permanent Florida resident.
- If a patient is under the age of 18, a second physician must agree with the determination of need for the patient
Step One: Medical Record Collection
The first step in the medical marijuana application process is extensive documentation of your medical condition. Without current and verifiable medical records, our physicians will be unable to certify your condition under Florida Medical Marijuana law. Although there are conditions where a patient will qualify for the Florida Medical Marijuana Program without the necessity of full documentation, the Florida Medical Marijuana Doctor`s requires that all your records are current within the last 12 months that document your qualifying condition.
If you prefer that we handle your medical record collection, you must complete the medical release form and fax it to our office so that we may request your medical records from your treatment providers. If you already have your medical records, you can fax or mail them to us, whichever is more convenient.
Step Two: Physician Review
Upon receipt of your medical records, our physicians thoroughly review the records to determine if you qualify for the Florida Medical Marijuana Program. If additional documents are required for the review, a MMJDOCTOR`s staff member will contact you and let you know which documents are needed for our records. If you qualify for the program, we will call you to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.
Step 3: Certification Appointment
At your certification appointment, our physicians will talk with you about your qualification for certification of a medical condition that may qualify you for the Florida Medical Marijuana Program. By law, our physicians must only discuss your qualification for the program. After review and approval, qualified patients will receive a signed Physician Certification Form that will allow them to apply to the state for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card. In order to receive the Physician Certification Form, patients must present a valid Florida ID, such as a State issued Florida ID or a Florida driver’s license, along with the physician visit fee. Please note that insurance companies do not cover medical marijuana consultations or the state’s medical marijuana application fee.
You may prefer to obtain your own medical records – Here’s How to
Request and Obtain Your Medical Records from your Primary Doctor
Before your marijuana evaluation appointment at MMJDOCTOR, it’s imperative that you have current medical records, indicating your diagnosis. In order to get a medical marijuana card, you must first obtain a copy of your medical records. If you arrive to your appointment without these records, your doctor will likely be able to request the records on your behalf, but this will delay the process of obtaining the medical marijuana recommendation needed to use cannabis legally.
It’s quick and easy to obtain your medical records, and it will help you get your certification sooner
Step 1: Contact Your Primary Care Doctor
Most practices require you to fill out a specific form to formally request your medical records. To obtain this form, simply call your primary care doctor’s office, or the office of the doctor who gave you the diagnosis, and request a copy of your records. They should be able to deliver it to you by fax, email, snail mail or you may pick it up from the doctor’s office.
NOTE: MMJ Doctors recommends that all patients should have a copy of their personal medical records, just in case you may need them in a hurry for an unforeseen emergency.
If the doctor’s office doesn’t have a specific form, simply write a letter to request your records. Be sure to include:
· Your name, including your maiden name (if applicable)
· Social security number
· Date of birth
· Address and phone number
· Email address
· Record(s) being requested
· Dates you were under the doctor’s care
· Delivery option (pick up, fax, email, etc.)
What if I Don’t Have a Primary Care Doctor?
If you do not have a primary care doctor, are uninsured, or, have not had a check-up in a while, MMJDOCTOR will be glad to assist you by referring you to a doctor who will be your primary care physician and will evaluate your medical condition to determine if you have a qualifying condition.
Step 2: Bring Medical Records to Your Marijuana Certification Appointment
Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are recommended
Remember to bring your medical records to your medical marijuana certification appointment. These documents are imperative for your initial evaluation and, continuing care with Florida Medical Marijuana medical Marijuana Certification Clinics.