How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida
Since the passing of Amendment 2 in November of 2016, those who live in Florida and are experiencing a chronic medical condition may be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition. The new changes in the law allow more people to qualify for and use marijuana. Previously, only those who had a terminal illness could qualify for the legal use of marijuana and even then, they could only buy marijuana with a very low percentage of the psychoactive component THC. Because many conditions need both THC and CBD, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, this has been a very beneficial legal change that affects thousands of Florida residents.
To legally buy and use medical marijuana in Florida, residents must get a recommendation from a licensed medical marijuana physician in person and get a medical marijuana card. This card then allows them to legally purchase marijuana at any licensed dispensary in the state of Florida. Here is the procedure for qualifying for and obtaining an mmj card in the state of Florida.
Have a Condition that Qualifies
The first step toward qualifying for a medical marijuana card is to ensure you have one of the conditions deemed legally treatable by marijuana in the state of Florida. The following specific conditions qualify, though similar conditions may also qualify if they have a severe negative impact on your life and cause chronic pain or spasms or are terminal.
PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, often strikes those who have experienced an extremely stressful event or who have been in war zones. Symptoms can include severe anxiety, flashbacks, insomnia, and anti-social behavior.
Epilepsy: Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that results in uncontrollable convulsions that range from mild to strong enough to cause loss of consciousness.
Multiple Sclerosis: MS is an autoimmune disease that causes progressive and irreparable damage to the nerve cell sheaths. This harms the spinal cord and brain and results in speech impairment, fatigue, numbness, lack of muscular coordination, and other symptoms.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma is an eye condition that, if left untreated, can lead to blindness. Glaucoma is caused by excessive pressure in the eye and can damage the nerve connecting the eye to the brain. In addition to the potential for blindness, glaucoma can also cause severe pain.
HIV and AIDS: HIV, which reduces the body’s ability to fight infection, is an incurable virus that, if left untreated, eventually develops into the fatal disease AIDS. Those with AIDS cannot fight off infections and eventually succumb to infections or viruses. The anti-viral drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS can have severe side effects such as pain and extreme nausea.
Cancer: Caused by the overgrowth of malignant cells, cancer is one of the most common causes of death in our country. With over 100 different types of cancer, it affects those of every age, gender, and background. Cancer—and the drugs that treat it—can cause nausea, pain, wasting, and a host of other symptoms.
Crohn’s Disease: A chronic inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s causes extreme pain, fatigue, anemia, and other conditions that can be life-threatening if left untreated. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease and symptoms are often progressive.
Parkinson’s Disease: A disorder that causes movement problems and tremors, Parkinson’s affects the central nervous system and damages the body’s nerve cells in the brain. Parkinson’s also affects dopamine production in the brain, which can lead to more symptoms.
ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a condition that impairs the nervous system and affects the control of voluntary muscle movement. This progressive and incurable disease causes the loss of motor neurons that leaves sufferers’ muscles weak and eventually nonfunctional.
If you have one of the above conditions and have been diagnosed by a licensed physician, you may be able to qualify for a medical marijuana card.
How to Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card
In the state of Florida, you must have an in-person appointment with a licensed medical marijuana physician before you can apply for a state-issued ID card. The doctors at our clinic, MMJ Doctors, are experienced and licensed and can help you with your quest to obtain a medical marijuana card. During your appointment, our physician will thoroughly examine you and your medical history to determine what condition you suffer from, your symptoms and how they affect your quality of life, and what other forms of treatment you have attempted in the past.
This will help the physician get a clear picture of your medical condition and determine if the use of medical marijuana will be effective in your situation. Some physicians may wish to see that you have attempted to treat your condition by other means, including lifestyle changes, natural remedies, or prescription medications, before they will recommend marijuana use.
If the physician believes you would make a good candidate for marijuana treatment, he or she will write a recommendation. This is not a prescription for marijuana. It is a recommendation that you must obtain before you can apply for a medical marijuana ID card with the state of Florida’s Department of Health. Once you have a recommendation, you can apply for a card and, if it is approved, you should receive it in the mail within days.
Buying Medical Marijuana in Florida
Once you are in possession of your medical marijuana ID card, you can legally purchase marijuana at any licensed dispensary in the state. Under Amendment 2, you cannot buy any smoked types of marijuana. However, you can buy it as a cream, vape, oil, or pill. You are also not allowed to grow your own marijuana, even if it is for personal medical use.
Qualifying for medical marijuana in the state of Florida is not a complicated or difficult process. If you have one of the conditions listed above that has a negative overall effect on your quality of life, contact us at MMJ Doctors today for an appointment.