Looking Ahead: Medical Marijuana in 2018

Medical Marijuana Doctor Issuing Recommendations for Patients Near Tampa, St. Petersburg and All of Florida

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Medical marijuana in Florida in 2018If you've decided to find effective relief of painful symptoms, medical marijuana in Florida may be something you are considering. Make 2018 the year you alleviate your symptoms. Below are some of the basics you may want to keep in mind as you plan ahead.

Will my condition be covered?

Only certain health conditions are eligible for medical marijuana treatment in Florida:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma

Amendment 2 also covers other debilitating diseases that a physician determines are similar or comparable to those listed above.

In 2018, is there a waiting period as part of the law?

When the final rules were passed by the State Legislature, they got rid of the requirement that a person has to wait 90 days after their initial certification, under the care of a state-approved physician, before receiving medical marijuana. There is no waiting period, which is a good thing for patients dealing with debilitating symptoms today. Particularly for terminally ill patients, waiting 90 days may mean they live the last days of their lives without the pain relief they need.

What if I'm only in Florida for the winter/part-time?

You are still eligible for medical marijuana as a seasonal resident. You must have a state ID and be able to show proof of temporary residence. As long as you meet the following requirements, you may be eligible:

  • Reside in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days each year
  • Maintain a temporary residence

Call our office to see if you are eligible.

To arrange an evaluation with Dr. Lora Brown in St. Petersburg, Florida, please call 727-209-5470. Our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Tampa and nearby.