FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA RESOURCES

FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA RESOURCES

Please direct questions concerning your I.D. to the OCU: 

850-245-4205 (usually a human answers) or 850-245-4720 (if no one answers, usually they will respond to a voice mail within a few days).

Application for Medical Cannabis ID Card

Patients using medical marijuana are RESTRICTED from the following:The transfer to a person other than the qualified patient for whom it was ordered or their legal representatives. The use or administration on any form of public transportation, in any public place, in a qualified patient’s place of employment, if restricted by his or her employer, in a state correctional institution, on the grounds of a preschool, primary school, or secondary school or any school bus or vehicle.

Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card applications:

To apply for your state I.D., use the above applications, or apply online. When our doctor adds you to the Compassionate Use Registry, you should receive an automated Email (check your junk mail folder) from the State with an application link, and another Email with your temporary password. Use the link, your Email you gave our office, and the temporary password to access your file.

Note that you will need to submit (with paper application or upload digitally) a passport-type photo, as well as proof of FL residence, like a driver's license or utility bill in your name. You will also have to mail a $75 check or money order to the FL DOH / OCU, with your Patient # on the check memo. You can get this number from your online OCU profile or from our office.

Who is Growing & Dispensing Medical Cannabis in Florida?

The Florida Department of Health has approved six 'growers' to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis, medical cannabis and derivative products to patients. The approved dispensing organizations are:

HELPFUL LINKS from the Florida Department of Health

  • Physician List (licensed and trained to recommend cannabis / medical marijuana in Florida)
  • Practitioner Verification (all Florida physicians)
  • Office of Compassionate Use (regulating medical marijuana in Florida)
  • Medical Cannabis Fact Sheet (information on medical cannabis / marijuana)
  • FAQs from the FL DOH Office of Compassionate Use

    We are not a pain clinic and we do not sell any products or dispense any medicine. We are a family-run primary care practice focusing on treating those who have tried or considered other treatments for their chronic condition, and would like to try marijuana as medicine.


    FL Board of Medicine to block MMJ access!

    Visit www.MMJ4FLA.com to sign our petition and learn more about telemedicine practices.

    On April 6, the Board of Medicine will meet in Ft. Lauderdale to discuss prohibiting the use of telemedicine - remote treatment via telecommunications technology (phone / video call) - which would require patients to drive to their doctor, wait in a waiting room, and pay higher fees and other associated costs. As we have patients who live all over the state of Florida who have limited mobility and financial resources, we feel that this new law would greatly limit patient access to needed medicine. Read more about the Boar'd telemedicine meeting here.


    What does Florida law say?

    We Passed Amendment 2, but The Fight Is Not Over!

    Amendment 2 passed with the November 2016 vote with over 70% approval. This Amendment greatly expanded conditions that the state would allow for medical marijuana / cannabis treatment, as well as gave physicians the ability to use their judgement in ordering MMJ for:

    "other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient."

    However, the State has suggested to ignore this language and instead let the Board of Medicine decide which conditions do and do not qualify for treatment. Read this article in the Orlando Sentinel from Jan 18, 2017, for more discussion on this topic.


    In 2014, Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (Florida Senate Bill 1030) , created by Florida's Department of Health and signed into law by the Governor, established the Office of Compassionate Use (OCU). This law allowed specified physicians to prescribe medical marijuana (at this point in time a low-THC cannabis) to specified patients in Florida.

    Two Types of Medical Marijuana - Two Categories of Patients

    Florida law permits certain permanent Florida residents to obtain medical cannabis via an authorized physician who has undergone required training and licened under Florida Statues 458 or 459. When no other satisfactory treatment exists and the authorized physician determines that the benefits of ordering cannabis / medical marijuana for that patient outweigh the risks, there are two types of cannabis / medical marijuana that two categories of patients can obtain:

    1. Low-THC Cannabis: Patients with cancer or a condition that causes chronic seizures or chronic muscle spasms may qualify to receive low-THC cannabis. Low-THC cannabis has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.
    2. Medical Cannabis: If a patient is suffering from a terminal condition, as determined by two physicians, the patient may qualify for medical cannabis. This product can contain sufficient levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC to produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

      How Do I Take Medical Marijuana / Cannabis?

      The state of Florida currently approves the following methods:

      1. Capsules: product is suspended in oil in a capsule
      2. Oral syringe: place the oil under the tongue, on a cracker, or fill empty capsules
      3. Vaporizer pen: inhale the product but not carcinogens
      4. Tincture: squeeze drops from a dispenser bulb under the tongue

      Visit the dispensary websites (listed near bottom of this page) for explanations of various forms and their advantages, and contact the dispensaries directly for specific product information and prices.


      Every Vote Counts!

      Florida residents, no matter your affiliation, please Register To Vote now.  And then Go Vote! Don't forget that absentee ballots are an option for all voters; contact your local election office to request one.

      Your vote is important.  In 2014 the law that would have provided patients with more widespread access to medical marijuana, while gaining a 58% approval by voters, needed merely an additional 2% to become law.

      On November 8th, 2016, Florida residents will vote on a newer version of this proposal for the legalization of medical marijuana that would grant access to a wider patient population.

      News: AMENDMENT 2 PASSED!!! GOOD JOB, FLORIDA VOTERS. BUT OUR WORK ISN'T FINISHED.


      Rules for Doctors treating Patients with Medical Marijuana

      A Florida physician is authorized to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis, only if the physician:

      1. Holds an active, unrestricted license as a physician or an osteopathic physician
      2. Has treated the patient for at least three months immediately preceding the patient’s registration in the compassionate use registry
      3. Has successfully completed the Florida Medical Association course and examination.
      4. Has determined that the risks of treating the patient with low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis / medical marijuana are reasonable in light of the potential benefit to the patient
      5. Registers as the orderer of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for the named patient on the Compassionate Use Registry
      6. May not prescribe more than a 45-day supply with each prescription
      7. Maintains a patient treatment plan that includes the dose, route of administration, planned duration and monitoring of the patient’s symptoms and other indicators of tolerance or reaction to the low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis
      8. Submits the patient treatment plan quarterly to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for research on the safety and efficacy of low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis
      9. Obtains the voluntary, written informed consent of the patient or the patient’s legal representative/guardian to treatment with medical marijuana.

Resources — FMD.green

Dr. Davis in the Media

Read a September 2016 article published by WUFT.org, entitled Pot ‘Works Effectively As A Medicine,’ Says Gainesville’s First Marijuana Doc, that interviews Dr. Davis.

Read a September 2016 article written by Dr. Davis entitled 'Doctors Choose Optimism Despite Warning Signs' published in South Florida Hospital News / CannabisNewsFlorida.com.

Read a January 2016 Gainesville Sun article that mentions Dr. Justin Davis, entitled Farm grows first of Alachua County's medical cannabis.

I.D. Cards (updated 4/28/17)

Florida medical marijuana patient I.D. cards are a now required by the State of FL / Department of Health / Office of Compassionate Use. The State must conditionally approve a patient's application before a dispensary can allow the patient to purchase their marijuana / cannabis medicine.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - OFFICE OF COMPASIONATE USE

The Office of Compassionate Use is charged with writing and implement the department’s rules for medical cannabis, overseeing the statewide Compassionate Use Registry, and licensing seven Florida businesses to cultivate, process, and dispense medical cannabis to qualified patients.

FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA - CURRENT REGULATIONS & LAWS

One Patient's Experience

Read The Endocannabinoid System and Therapeutic Use of Medical Cannabis, THC and CBD, written by one of our patients, Cynthia Lan Sears, MS, CHES, CLEC. The article is linked on our site with her permission to use as a resource for other patients navigating their way through medical marijuana / cannabis treatment in Florida.