The use of medical marijuana in Florida is evolving by the day. Thanks to a series of laws and bills passed within the last five years, medical marijuana cards in the state are more sought after than ever.
In 2016, Florida passed a law, known as Amendment 2, with a 71% vote that broadened the legal use of medical marijuana. Voters updated a previous 2014 bill — Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act — that limited medical marijuana to low-THC, high CBD oil for limited conditions, and cast a much wider net in 2016 on qualifying conditions that covered chronic non-malignant pain.
It wasn’t a total win for the cannabis community, though. The bill restricted medicinal use to vaping, oils, sprays, and pills. Smoking was still illegal. That is until 2018 when the smoking ban was deemed unconstitutional. A subsequent bill, signed a year later in March 2019, rescinded the law, making it legal to receive up to 2.5 ounces of whole flower cannabis every 35 days.
More options, like Canna Wellness Clinics, are necessary for patients looking to qualify for medical marijuana cards. Data shows a limited number of Florida physicians are green-lighting patients to receive their cards, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The report, which spanned a six-month period, showed just 89 doctors approved 56% of medical marijuana certifications. Those figures are notable, considering the sheer number — doctors signed off on 168,810 patients during that same time frame. The 89 doctors came from a larger pool of 1,207 physicians who had active certifications.
With two highly-respected physicians on staff at Canna Wellness Clinics, we are here to help you obtain a medical marijuana card. This state-issued identification card enables qualifying patients to obtain medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries in Florida.
To use medical marijuana in Florida, a patient must be a permanent or seasonal Florida resident and diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition (we’ll explore what this means later). The final step is obtaining a medical marijuana card. We’ll provide insight on what you’ll need for the application process and your meeting with a physician, plus walk you through the next steps on what to do after your visit.
What You’ll Need For The Application
Before you think about applying for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card, here’s a rundown of what to have handy.
A Florida ID card or passport is all you’ll need as a resident. If you are from out of state and live seasonally in Florida, you need at least two of the following:
- A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or residential rental lease agreement in Florida.
- Proof of residential address from your parent, step-parent, or legal guardian with whom you live in Florida, and a statement of residency from the person you live with if you’re under the age of 18.
- A Florida state utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days of registration to the medical use registry.
- A Florida state utility bill from the past two months.
- Mail from a financial institution to your Florida address. This can be a checking, savings, or investment account statement from the past two months.
- Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency to your Florida address from the past two months.
How Can I Qualify For a Medical Marijuana Card?
In Florida, medical marijuana is an option for patients with qualifying conditions. These conditions include serious illnesses like the ones below:
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
There is leeway and open interpretation for other illnesses, as you can also qualify for “chronic non-malignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition” and persists beyond the usual course of that condition. Nerve issues developed from chronic back or neck pain is an example of non-malignant pain. Anxiety, depression, arthritis, and sleep disorders fall under another broad category; medical conditions of the same kind or class as those listed above.
Meeting With a Physician
Canna Wellness has two physicians on staff, Dr. Richard Wolff and Dr. Lee Ferguson, to meet your needs. Both are registered and compliant as part of the Florida Department of Health Medical Marijuana Qualified Physician Search.
Once you make an appointment and come in for your first visit, you’ll meet with a patient counselor to take your vital signs, like blood pressure and weight. Much like an annual physical, the doctor will go through a complete medical history with you and any current issues you’re dealing with.
Along the way, you’ll sign a standard medical intake form and a state-required consent form. If you are under the age of 18, you’ll need a second doctor licensed to recommend medical cannabis to sign off on the use of medical marijuana to get a card.
At that point, the doctor will determine two things: if you’re eligible for medical marijuana and if you can benefit from it. If approved, the doctor will send you back to a patient counselor to assist you in signing up with Florida’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry, a secure online database for the registration of ordering physicians and qualified patients. Using an ID number assigned to you, you’ll apply online for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card.
All applications include a $75 registration fee to the state. As an alternative, you can mail a hard copy to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use: PO Box 31313 Tampa, FL 33631, although applying online with our help ensures everything is set up when you walk out the door.
This next step is crucial, especially for those who aren’t as familiar with medical marijuana and the different types of options. The patient counselor will share their recommendations on how to proceed, including routes of administration (edibles, vapes, flower, among others) and different strains to try depending on your condition.
“All our patient counselors are well versed in the medical effects of marijuana and dedicate themselves to helping the people who walk through our doors,” said Ben Cook Jr., co-founder of Canna Wellness Clinics.
You’ll also have access to a selection of our CBD products, priced at a fraction of the cost compared to most places, along with discount cards to use at local dispensaries, a thank you gift, and any important information in writing.
Once You Leave Your First Appointment
After we help you apply online for a Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry Card, the Florida Department of Health will review your application and issue a medical marijuana card. You’ll receive an email with a temporary card within five to 15 business days. They’ll mail a physical card to you a few weeks later.
With your new card, you can fill an order at a nearby licensed dispensary, or medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC). You can even have your new medication delivered to your house. Here’s a list of Florida dispensaries.
You can contact Canna Wellness Clinics patient counselors at any time with questions about different strains, recommendations, or the state of your application process.
Cook stressed that there’s a method of relief out there for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding it.
Sure, most associate medical marijuana with smoking, but the evolutionary process is rapidly charging forward. There are tinctures, oils, and gels that can provide hours of lasting relief. Topical creams can treat pain without getting patients high. Capsules and concentrates are more prominent, and vaping is a way to discreetly and efficiently achieve dosing.
For example, a Canna Wellness Clinics patient counselor recently went through dozens of strains over the course of several months to find what worked best. The result? THC mints.
“She takes them and her anxiety goes away, where tinctures and vapes had failed her in the past,” Cook said. “The marijuana industry is an innovative industry, to say the least.”
How to Reapply For a Medical Marijuana Card
To maintain an active Medical Marijuana Use Registry card, you must annually submit a renewal application, along with the $75 fee and any required accompanying documents, to the state 45 days before the card expires.
Doctors have the ability to write a card order for 70 days with three refills, good for 210 days. Once the refills are completed, you’ll need to set up a renewal visit with your doctor.
One of the many benefits at Canna Wellness Clinics is that your Florida Medical Cannabis Exam ($149.99) includes the entire 210-day order, regardless of strength or application method. Once a patient returns, doctors will evaluate if you’re still a candidate for medical marijuana and discuss what worked and what to improve.
“Most competitors charge anywhere from $250-$350 per exam,” Cook said. “These other clinics will usually charge more for higher milligrams or for the route that allows smoking flower. Other clinics will also require people to come in multiple times over the same 210 day period — taking their payment each time.”
Take Advantage of Our Savings
Canna Wellness Clinics has specials with offers on a Florida Medical Cannabis Exam for $149.99, a $100 savings off the original $249 price. If you already have a medical marijuana card and are interested in a renewal, try our medical cannabis renewal exam for $99, a 35% savings off the original price. Additionally, we offer a $99 patient-care transfer for existing medical cannabis users.
The fees include three 70-day orders for a total of 210 days of coverage. This is the maximum amount of time the state allows. There are no extra charges for smokable cannabis or a higher strength order. You can’t combine discounts with any other offers.
Can’t decide on what you want? Canna Wellness offers several bundles to help you save. The Healthcare Essentials Pack for $179.99 includes a Florida Medical Cannabis Exam, Lock-In Your Next Renewal Exam at $99.99 (Reg. $149.99), 1 Beachy Keen Tincture, and 10% off any product. Or try the Premium Wellness Pack for $199.99, which features a Florida Medical Cannabis Exam, Lock-In Your Next Renewal Exam at $99.99 (Reg. $149.99), choice of one Palm Beach Nutra premium product and 20% off any additional products purchased on the day of your exam. The Complete Wellness Pack is $229.99, which features a Florida Medical Cannabis Exam, Lock-In Your Next Renewal Exam at $99.99 (Reg. $149.99), choice of ANY 2 Palm Beach Nutra premium products and 25% off any additional products purchased on the day of your exam. Bundling together can save you hundreds with these offers.
Ready to book your first visit at Canna Wellness Clinics or interested in a renewal exam? Our online scheduler makes it easy to set up an appointment. Contact us at 561-877-6130 or reach out to us online to get started on your path to relief.