How Does Medical Marijuana Work In Florida?
The Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) is tasked with overseeing the use registry while also licensing businesses to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients. The qualified physician is required to follow the constitution and statute for diagnosis and determine if the treatment is appropriate.
Medical Marijuana Use Registry
This is a secure database that is online used for the purposes of registration of ordering physicians as well as qualified patients. It can be accessed by law enforcement, ordering physicians and staff from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use.
A patient must first be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. As such, it is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow the constitution and statute to determine if medical marijuana treatment is appropriate. Qualifying conditions include glaucoma, cancer, Crohn’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, HIV, AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Any conditions comparable to the ones listed also qualify. Once entered into the registry they are provided with a patient ID number to enable them to apply for a registry identification card.
Qualified physicians are required to have active, unrestricted licenses. They should also have completed a 2-hour course and examination provided by the Florida Medical Association in order to gain access to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. The physician’s license is renewed upon successful completion of the course. If a physician is employed as a medical director at a treatment center, they cannot make orders for the patients. They also cannot make orders for a supply lasting more than 70 days.
Registry Identification Cards
A patient must apply to obtain an identity card. The processing time for said application is 5 business days from the date payment is processed to the registry. Online payments are processed in 5 business days. When the card is approved, the patient can contact a licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) to fill up the order.
Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers
These are centers authorized to cultivate, process and distribute medical marijuana to patients and caregivers who are qualified.
There are 3 parties who are covered. A qualified patient who has been added to the medical marijuana registry by a qualified physician can obtain medical marijuana using their registry identity card. A caregiver is a person who has agreed to help the qualified patient. They are also provided with an identity card. A qualified physician who is certified can order medical marijuana for a patient who is in the medical marijuana use registry.
Complete The Steps
To start, the patient must confirm if their condition qualifies them to be treated with medical marijuana. This should be done by a qualified physician. Once confirmed and the physician inputs your information in the registry, obtain an identity card to help with receiving medical marijuana from an authorized treatment center. In the event that you have a qualified caregiver, you can use them to help. Visit or contact a state-approved treatment center for the disbursement of your medical marijuana using your identity card.