In order to qualify for a doctors recommendation for the use of marijuana for medical persons, a patient must have medical documentation from their primary care physician stating that they suffer from one or more of the following diseases:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Chronic Pain related to a qualifying condition
- Pain related to terminal illness
In order to receive a recommendation for the use of medical marijuana, you must visit a certified physician. It is ultimately the physicians decision to recommend the use of medical marijuana through proper assessment of the patients health. The physician must determine that the benefits of using medical marijuana will supersede the health risks to the ailed patient. Patients must be reviewed every 30 weeks by a qualified physician in order to determine that the use of medical marijuana is still beneficial. The 90 day waiting period after the initial exam is no longer applicable under the 2014 Compassion Use Law. Patients must provide written consent to a certified physician with the intention to use medical marijuana each occurrence the physician issues a medical marijuana certification to the patient. The Department of Health does keep a registry of both medical marijuana patients and qualifying physicians. Patients must be residents of the state of Florida with a valid Florida issued ID. Medical marijuana may not be consumed while visiting the qualifying physician. Pregnant women are allowed to receive recommendations for low-THC cannabis only. Minors may also receive a recommendation for medical marijuana, but a second physician must concur that it is acceptable for said minor to receive marijuana treatment. All sales of medical marijuana are exempt from sales tax. All physicians must pass an exam and complete a course through the Florida Medical Association. Qualified physicians may not benefits financially from any medical marijuana recommendation.