Over the years, the use of cannabis as a cure for some illnesses has created tension. Its effectivity in treating a wide variety of diseases was questioned. The absence of scientific facts supporting these claims has been a reason for the delay of its legalization in some states of the United States.
In Florida, however, through the bill signed by Governor DeSantis on March 18, 2019, a certified physician is allowed to determine that administering a reasonable amount of marijuana can cure a patient. The medical marijuana Florida patient programs are made to ensure that patients, physicians, and health centers are following the rules set in taking medical marijuana.
What are the government-mandated requirements?
The state requires all patients to sign up so the government can keep track of the number of people who are qualified to join the program. After signing up, the state will send the patient a physical medical marijuana card as proof that they are allowed to purchase medical marijuana within the state legally.
An application fee is to be collected by the state representative to get your card. The medical marijuana card is valid only for a year. The state requires all patients to renew their cards as needed.
How to Become a Medical Marijuana patient?
There are three necessary steps to follow to be a part of the medical marijuana Florida patient programs.
- Book an appointment at any of the accredited Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC)
- A certified physician from the MMTC will evaluate your medical condition
- After evaluation and approval, the doctor will give you the recommendation to use medical cannabis.
After you have a doctor’s recommendation, you can buy medical marijuana from any Florida dispensary.
What are the qualifications to be a part of the Medical Marijuana Florida patient program?
- The law requires that patients should be 18 years old and above. If the patients are below 18, they must have legal consent from a legal guardian, and they must submit two recommendations from two different physicians.
- The patient must be able to present proof that they are residing in Florida.
- The patient must have a medical record to support their medical conditions.
What documents are accepted as proof of residency?
- Voter Card
- Florida issued driver’s license
- Utility bills that show your name and your address
What are the qualifying conditions?
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- HIV and AIDS
- Chronic non-malignant pain as a result of the conditions mentioned above.
After its legalization, there are more than 300,00 residents of Florida who applied and qualified to be a part of the medical marijuana Florida patient program. The state is a firm believer in the positive medical benefits of using medical marijuana, and that is why they have made it possible for patients to apply for a medical marijuana card.
The Department of Health has accredited physicians from different fields to ensure that all possible medical conditions are covered. The state has done its part in ensuring that the legalization of cannabis for medical use will not be abused.