Medical marijuana clinics and dispensaries are slowly beginning to open around Florida after Amendment 2, the legislation of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, passed in November 2016.
The process to get a medical marijuana card may seem complicated and confusing as the law is still in a fluid state. But we’re here to clearly and simply lay out the steps and get you on the path to alleviate pain and discomfort with a more natural option.
The Basic Medical Marijuana Requirements
In order to get a medical marijuana card, you first have to fulfill three basic requirements. You must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a Florida resident with proof of residency
- Be diagnosed with a qualifying condition
For the last item, you’re required to provide medical records from your physician. Your physician has to state you’ve been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and you’ve tried other treatments without success. If you’re able to check off these simple items, you’ve officially taken the first step to start the process to get your card.
Make an Appointment with a Marijuana Physician
Your next step is making an appointment with a marijuana physician to get a marijuana recommendation. Technically, marijuana “prescriptions” are currently against federal regulations. Therefore, the doctor will provide you with a recommendation which is similar to a “prescription,” but this terminology is not used in the state of Florida.
At your appointment, you’ll undergo a physical examination and medical history assessment and gain access to our crash course on cannabis. This short educational portion of the appointment will educate you on the endocannabinoid system within our bodies and how cannabis works medicinally for debilitating conditions. We also educate on types of cannabis and products available. The Annex Healthcare wants to make sure each patient leaves educated on their new medication.
After you’ve received your recommendation, you’ll then submit a completed application, along with a check or money order made out to the Florida Department of Health. With the application, you’ll include a copy of your current state issued ID (to prove residency) and two passport type photos. Once the Department of Health has processed your application and payment, they will issue you a medical marijuana card. This process could take up to 30 business days to complete.
Find a Licensed Dispensary
Dispensaries may seem few and far between in Florida, but they’re slowly making their way into the state. Currently, there are several dispensaries in Central Florida. Once you’re at the dispensary, the trained staff will guide you through the products and help you choose the medication type that was recommended to you. There’s a variety of ways to take the medication, including vaporizing, capsules, edibles plus more. If you’re unsure about any of the intake methods, the staff will show you what to do and will adjust as necessary.
If you’re ready to take the first step toward a more natural, holistic medication method, call The Annex Healthcare today to schedule an appointment with a marijuana physician. Our clinic is dedicated to providing medical cannabis education and recommendations. We’re a group of caring physicians with a compassion to help others improve their quality of life. Compassion with passion is what we believe.