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How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card in 2020

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Apr 13 2020 - 10 min read

Table of contents
  1. Getting a Florida Medical Marijuana Card Online with Leafwell via Our Virtual Clinic
  2. Who Can Apply for an FL Medical Marijuana Card?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Florida?
  4. How do I Apply for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does it Cost for a Medical Cannabis Consultation in Florida?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Florida?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? How Do I Get an FL Medical Marijuana Card for My Child?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Florida?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Florida Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity? (I.e. Does the state accept any other state’s cards and do any other states recognise a card from Florida?)
  14. Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida
  15. History of Medical Marijuana in Florida
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Getting a Florida Medical Marijuana Card Online with Leafwell via Our Virtual Clinic

Florida has loosened some of its restrictions regarding telemedicine, meaning that it is now possible to renew your medical marijuana certificate and card online. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of social distancing measures. While the initial emergency legislation extends only to 31st May 2020, we hope that this extraordinary period of time offers users and legislators the opportunity to understand the value of telehealth services, particularly for those who are immunocompromised.

With Leafwell, it is quick and simple and secure to get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Florida State understand the importance of applying for their Florida MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA Compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.

Note that while medical marijuana is legal, recreational cannabis is not and possession of marijuana without a card carries federal charges. Therefore, we strongly recommend everyone who is suffering from any of the conditions listed by the Florida legislation apply for their MMJ card.

Who Can Apply for an FL Medical Marijuana Card?

You must be aged 18 years-old or over in order to get a Florida medical marijuana card for yourself. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over and can apply on behalf of a minor patient (under the age of 18).

Applicants must be a resident or seasonal resident of Florida and be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions (see below).

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Florida?

A qualified physician may order up to six 35-day supplies of smokable medical marijuana.

A 35-day order may not exceed 2.5 ounces. Patients may only possess up to 4 ounces of medical marijuana in a form for smoking at any given time.

There is a limit of 10% THC on medical marijuana products.

Those who wish to smoke cannabis (combustion) will require a special dispensation form from a physician that recommends this ingestion method.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, medical marijuana was declared an essential business by Governor Ros DeSantis and permits not only the continuing operation of dispensaries across the state but also the delivery of products, making it easier than ever for those who carry an MMJ card to legally obtain cannabis from the safety of their home.

How do I Apply for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card?

With Leafwell, you can get your Florida Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell at https://leafwell.co/medical-card/florida/

It’s quick and easy! Plus all of your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art telemedicine platform.

2. Book an appointment with a certified physician with Leafwell.

This initial consultation fee is $149 for an examination.

3. Attend your online appointment and get a medical cannabis certificate online from a state-licensed physician.

The process is quick, simple and HIPAA-compliant. Most appointments take 15 minutes or less.

4. Submit your renewal application on the State website as soon as 40 days before expiration.

Log into the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) website here: https://knowthefactsmmj.com/.

The payment will take 5 days from submission to be fully processed. The application review period may take up to 5 business days. Expect the application review process from start to end to take 10 business days in total.

Patients must renew their physician’s medical marijuana certificate every 30 weeks. The renewal process must take place at least 40 days (preferably 45 days) before the patient’s initial medical marijuana recommendation runs out.

Patients must enrol on the Florida Compassionate Use Registry once they have successfully applied for their MMJ card.

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What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarise themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Florida registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether he or she recommends the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification which will be promptly emailed in PDF form, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the Florida government. A hard copy will be sent in the post a few days later.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

How Much Does it Cost for a Medical Cannabis Consultation in Florida?

The initial consultation with one of the Florida Registered Practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a one off fee of $149. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

Upon receiving your certificate, you can submit your application to the Florida government. It costs $75 for the application fee and Florida medical marijuana card, and there’s a $2.75 processing fee.

Cannabis is currently federally illegal, so the cost of the physician’s appointment & application is not covered by insurance. It will also not be covered by Medicare of Medicaid. Instead, each patient must pay all fees themselves.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Florida?

For your application to be successful, a registered practitioner must certify a permanent or temporary diagnosis of one or more of the conditions listed under Florida law.

According to the Florida medical cannabis program in 2020, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Florida:

Note that this list is up to date as of May 2020. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.

By taking the correct dose of medical marijauna, many patients who experience symptoms from these conditions find their lives transformed. Medical marijuana can give individuals back their energy and capacity to enjoy life, get out in the fresh air and lead a comfortable, healthy and happy existence in the beautiful Florida outdoors. We believe in the power of medical marijuana to change lives for the better and give individuals the power to control their own medical conditions. Our licensed physicians believe this too which is why they work with Leafwell and help as many patients as possible to secure a medical marijuana card if they, as experts, believe cannabis may help alleviate symptoms and medical issues.

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What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Florida, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following before you start the application process:

  • ID
  • Proof of address
  • Your signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • State-produced ID card – patients must be a resident or seasonal resident of Florida

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill
  • Correspondence with a state department

Signed Medical Cannabis Certification

A PDF version will be emailed to you upon successful completion of your consultation with a registered practitioner on Leafwell’s secure platform. Alternatively, you can scan in and upload the signed certificate which will be sent to you via post a few days after your appointment.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case by case basis. We request the following:

  • Medication list
  • Physician’s diagnosis
  • Treatment plan
  • Progress notes
  • Radiology/MRI/X-ray image
  • Lab test results

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? How Do I Get an FL Medical Marijuana Card for My Child?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

If a patient needs a medical marijuana certificate and card for a minor under the age of 18 or an adult who cannot otherwise access medical cannabis, then they will need a Caregiver. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Caregiver fills out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well. Caregivers and patients must renew their physician’s recommendation/certification 45 days prior to the card expiration date.

When you submit a completed application, by providing your email address, you consent to the Department contacting you through the email address, including the provision of a temporary verification email. Your application must include:

  • A copy of the caregiver’s proof of residency in accordance with section 381.986(5)(b), Florida Statutes.
  • A $75 check or money order (application fee) made out to Florida Department of Health.
  • A full-face, passport-type 2×2 inches in size, color photograph taken within the 90 days immediately preceding application.

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Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Florida?

No. Cultivating cannabis is illegal in the state of Florida. Only a limited number of businesses hold licenses to cultivate cannabis.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Florida Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

No, Florida doesn’t recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards, certificates or recommendations.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida

After medical marijuana first became legal, some cities within Florida initially banned medical marijuana dispensaries. These cities include Boca Raton, Coral Gables and Delray Beach. However, these cities have one by one reversed their decision. Coral Gables changed course in 2017. And early in 2020, Boca Raton and Delary reversed their decisions and allowed medical marijuana.

Only medical cannabis is permissible in Miami. In June 2015, Miami-Dade County commissioners approved by a 10–3 vote a plan to allow civil citations to be issued for possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis. Persons issued a citation are required to pay a $100 fine or perform two days of community service.

Did you know, Orlando is one of the more cannabis-friendly cities in Orlando. Still, you cannot smoke cannabis in public, and those who wish to use smokeable preparations need a physician’s form stating they can do so.

Tampa too is one of the more cannabis-friendly cities in Florida, with several jurisdictions decriminalizing cannabis, but there are groups in Tampa that are opposed to recreational cannabis.

For residents across Florida, from the large cities such as Miami, Orlando and Tampa, medical marijuana is now legally available. Plus, during Covid-19, with dispensaries being deemed essential, you should be able to deliver home delivery within your city for contactless services.

There have also been complaints that state regulators in Tallahassee are favouring a select few medical dispensaries and cultivators. However, this should not impact a patient’s ability to obtain the products they require.

Regardless of where you are in Florida, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell, MD. Here are our clinics:

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History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Florida

In 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott passed a bill which looked to exempt individuals with certain medical disorders from legal prosecution. Thi was extended in 2016 to include all terminally ill patients who were able to access all forms of medical cannabis. This made medical marijuana legal in palliative care circumstances for patients who had less than one year to live.

Some cities and counties began to loosen their approach to individuals caught with 20 grams or less on their person in 2015. Miami-Dade County, Tampa, Key West, Orlando and Sarasota have given officers the discretion to hand out citations in these situations rather than arrests. These citations can be accompanied by fines. Repeat offenders may receive larger fines and a court appearance. Therefore Leafwell recommends obtaining an MMJ card if you have one of the qualifying conditions.

After the initial success in 2014, campaigners with the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative worked to get Amendment 2 approved.

On November 8th 2016, Florida voted to legalise medical marijuana with a 71% majority for Amendment 2. It added a significant number of medical conditions to the qualifying list.

Also in 2016, Florida considered legalising recreational marijuana. However, this measure never appeared on the ballot.

Initially, smoking medical marijuana was not allowed under Amendment 2 but this ban was struck down on May 25th 2018 in the Leon County Circuit Court. However, it wasn’t until March 2019 that the repeal was complete.

Early in 2020, Senator Jess Brandes introduced a bill designed to legalize and regulate cannabis for adults aged 21 and above. However, the session was adjourned in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and no action was taken. Leafwell expects the bill to return in 2021.

A bill was introduced in 2019 to prevent employers from taking adverse personnel action against employees or applicants who are qualified patients using medical marijuana. However, this bill has not yet been passed.

Useful Links

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida, get in touch with the expert Leafwell team today or use any of these verified resources below:

The Florida Department of Health Office For Medical Marijuana Use
Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card Application Instructions for Caregivers
How to Apply Information
Florida’s Current Medical Marijuana Laws
Orlando’s Medical Marijuana Laws

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Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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