Before the passage of Amendment 2, Florida law only allowed a limited group of people to obtain marijuana that was low in THC and high in CBD. Today, more patients than ever have the opportunity to seek medical cannabis therapy for pain and other symptoms related to a number of medical conditions.
To learn if you are eligible for medical marijuana, please contact Access Marijuana RX today at 727-209-5470 to schedule an initial medical evaluation with Florida Board of Health-certified physician Dr. Lora L. Brown. Our clinic in lovely St. Petersburg welcomes patients from Tampa and throughout Florida.
What Amendment 2 Means for Medical Marijuana
In November of 2016, voters in Florida passed a constitutional amendment that legalized the use of medical cannabis beyond the existing law that limited use to low-THC marijuana and a narrow group of patients. Amendment 2 allows a wide range of patients with debilitating medical conditions to legally access medical marijuana. With the recommendation of a state certified-physician, an individual may possess and use medical cannabis to treat the following medical conditions:
- Conditions related to aging
- Multiple sclerosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
Amendment 2 also permits the use of cannabis to treat other debilitating medical conditions of a similar kind or class as those specified above.
The Process for Obtaining Legal Medical Marijuana
The legal process to obtain medical marijuana in Florida involves:
- The diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition
- A medical evaluation by a Florida Board of Health-certified physician
- Your physician will enter you into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry
- You may take your medical marijuana ID card once it is processed and obtain the specified amount of medical marijuana from your chosen dispensary
- You will receive a medical marijuana card in the mail, however you may obtain marijuana from a dispensary using only a Florida identification card once you have been entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry
- Enrollment in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry must be updated quarterly. You will need to conduct a follow-up visit with your physician every 90 days to renew your ability to access and use medical marijuana
Medical Marijuana Use Registry
The Medical Marijuana Registry is an online database for registered MMJ doctors and qualified patients. It is only accessible to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use staff, dispensary staff, certified physicians and law enforcement.
Legal Medical Marijuana Products
It is still illegal to smoke marijuana in Florida. If you are entered onto the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, you must use cannabis through the following methods:
- Orals (capsules and other edibles)
How Much Cannabis Can I Purchase at a Medical Dispensary in Florida?
The amount of cannabis you can purchase at a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) in Florida is largely determined by your physician’s recommendation. Your recommendation, also known as your order, will specify the types of medical marijuana you can purchase, the number of milligrams per dose, the number of doses per day, and the number of days your order will be active. The MMTC will use this information to determine how much cannabis you can purchase by multiplying your daily dose by your order duration. You do not have to purchase your full milligram limit at one time. You can use the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) to track your purchases and find out how many milligrams you have left.
If My Enrollment in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry Expires, Do I Have To Restart the Verification Process?
Your enrollment in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) must be updated quarterly. You will need to schedule a follow-up visit with your physician every 90 days to maintain your enrollment. If that time frame passes and your enrollment expires, our physicians will need to renew your enrollment and update your patient profile. You will also need to upload a new copy of your Florida Driver’s Licence or Florida Identification Card. Keep in mind that renewal applications are available 45 days before your MMUR identification card expires. Completing your renewal application on time is the best way to ensure you don’t experience a lapse in your medication.
Can I Travel With My Florida Medical Marijuana Identification Card?
Florida medical marijuana patients can use their cards to purchase or possess marijuana in some other states with certain guidelines. Be aware that the laws can vary significantly from one location to another. Research the state that you intend to visit ahead of your trip so that you know what to expect. And remember, traveling across state lines with medical marijuana is forbidden in most cases.
Can I Get Fired in Florida for Having a Medical Marijuana Identification Card?
It is possible for you to get fired because you have an MMJ card and use medical cannabis. Unfortunately, Florida has not yet enacted laws to prohibit discrimination against medical marijuana patients. Your employer could decide to enforce a drug-free workplace and is not required to accommodate your legal use of medical cannabis. Bear in mind that it can be quite difficult for your employer to find out about your card. Your medical marijuana records are protected under HIPAA. Access to the MMUR is limited to your doctor, the Florida Department of Health, law enforcement, and MMTC staff.
Can I Grow My Own Medical Marijuana in Florida if I'm Registered?
No. Only MMTCs can grow, process, and dispense marijuana in Florida. Local law enforcement will investigate any individual or business suspected of violating state law. You may be subject to criminal penalties for growing marijuana.
Contact Access Marijuana RX Now
Your first step toward medical marijuana therapy begins with an appointment with Dr. Lora L. Brown. To learn if cannabis is an appropriate treatment for your medical condition and symptoms, please call AMRX today at 727-209-5470 to schedule an initial evaluation. We help patients throughout Florida, including St. Petersburg and Tampa.