FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA FAQ

Here are the most common issues raised by people who want to know more about medical marijuana in Florida. If you don’t find the answer to the question you’re interested in, please write to us and we must answer it.

The amount of medical marijuana a patient can possess can vary depending on your doctor’s recommendations. The common rule pertaining medical marijuana is to not exceed 4 ounces for patients and caregivers. There is also a rule regarding smokable flower, which is no more than 2.5 ounces for 35-day supplies.

No, it is illegal for a sole individual to cultivate marijuana for themselves. Only licensed and registered business in the field of medical marijuana are legally allowed to cultivate marijuana. In this case, they would be cultivating for the purpose of selling in dispensaries.

You can still be arrested for medical marijuana, though it is mainly for reasons that can be easily avoided. If you are caught growing, cultivating, and possessing your own marijuana, you can be arrested, as it is illegal for an individual to grow their own marijuana for medical purposes. You can be arrested for carrying over your limit as well. You can also be arrested for being caught driving under the influence or for using medical marijuana in public. One other thing to note is that you can be arrested if you cross state lines with your medical marijuana, especially if you enter a state that has not decriminalized or legalized medical marijuana.

Due to marijuana still being illegal under federal law, you can be arrested and charged at the federal level if you are caught with medical marijuana on federal property. This can include a federal building, a national park, or other location that is governed by federal law, including air travel. Keep in mind that, even if it is for medical purposes, you can and will be held, charged, and arrested if caught with medical marijuana in federal jurisdiction. Saying that you did not know, that it is for medical use, or that you have a medical marijuana card will, unfortunately, not hold up in court.

In order to qualify as a medical marijuana physician, you must hold an active license under Chapter 458 or Chapter 459, as well as completed a Florida Physician Medical Marijuana Course. No other type of physician is able to legally prescribe and order for you medical marijuana.

Cancer
Epilepsy
Glaucoma
HIV/AIDS
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Crohn’s disease
Parkinson’s disease
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Chronic nomlaignat pain
Relatable medical conditions to the ones listed above.

It can still be very useful to have an MMJ ID card. For those under 21 and 18 or over, an ID card still allow you to purchase medical marijuana products. Additionally, you can get discounts and carrying benefits if you have an MMJ ID card, so it can be very beneficial for most MMJ users.

A registered patient or caregiver can acquire medical marijuana at any licensed medical marijuana dispensary. They can only do this once they have a letter of recommendation and are registered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

You can only use medical marijuana in the privacy of your home and other private locations. You can only use medical marijuana in private locations, as any public use is strictly illegal. If you are caught in public using medical marijuana, you can be charged and arrested.

Due to the rules and laws detailing who can sell medical marijuana, it is illegal for you to sell any of your medical marijuana products.

Due to its status as medicine, someone on probation can become a medical marijuana patient. This means being able to hold an MMJ ID card, have a valid recommendation, and be registered in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

While an employer can request drug tests from employees, many will recognize and allow a patient’s MMJ status. As the drug is still illegal on a federal level, whether the employer chooses to do these tests and what penalties may or may not occur will be up to them.

While an MMJ ID card is valid for up to 12 months, your actual recommendation could last as long as 210 days, or as short as 30 days. This is determined by your physician, whom you will have to see at least once a year to make sure your recommendation and other forms of validity are up-to-date. There is no limit on how many times you can visit your physician.

Absolutely not. As of right now, Florida does not allow out-of-state MMJ cards or recommendations. However, the following states will accept an out-of-state medical marijuana recommendation:
Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Washington,
Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Washington DC,
Arkansas, Massachusetts, Oregon,
California, Michigan, Pennsylvania,
Colorado, Nevada, Rhode Island.