What Conditions will Allow for a

Florida Medical Marijuana Prescription and License

Florida’s medical marijuana industry is booming thanks to the assumed victory in November, and successful passage of the Charlotte’s Web bill, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all clear sailing. The industry is very, very new, and like all new things, there are some areas that aren’t all that well understood. One of those is which Florida patients can take medical marijuana and which ones can’t? It’s actually not all that complicated.

The List of Approved Conditions for a Florida Medical Marijuana Prescription

Florida’s government has an official list of medical conditions for which medical marijuana is considered an applicable treatment. These include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Multiple sclerosis

If you don’t see your condition listed, don’t lose heart. Florida has actually done better than some of the other 20 states that have legalized medical marijuana. While other states might stick closely to their “authorized” list, Florida prefers to use a broad-spectrum approach. The government has allowed doctors to determine if you qualify for medical marijuana use. That means even if your specific condition isn’t listed on the state’s sanctioned roster, there’s still a chance that you can use medical marijuana to treat it, so long as your doctor approves the decision and will write you a certification. Then, all you have to do is apply for a license with the Florida Department of Health and choose a dispensary.

Other Conditions

The Florida Supreme Court has determined that other qualifying conditions include those that cause “impaired strength, weakness or enfeeblement”. That covers a very broad range of possibilities, from Alzheimer’s to back pain and even insomnia. The most important thing to remember is that your doctor has to agree that the benefits of taking medical marijuana for your condition outweigh the potential health risks of your condition.

Growing Your Own

As the Florida medical marijuana law stands right now, you cannot grow your own plants. All patients must get their medication from a state-authorized medical marijuana dispensary. Thankfully, there are going to be plenty of them in Miami and rest of the state.

Where to Get It?

Once you’ve been approved for medical marijuana in Florida, you need to know where to get it. Currently, the only source is from an approved medical marijuana dispensary. Miami is going to be home to the highest number of dispensaries, and there will be many in nearby locations as well. However, you need to take the time to make an informed decision when choosing one.

Not all dispensaries in Florida will carry the same medical marijuana products. For instance, if you want Charlotte’s Web or CBD, it pays to ensure that the dispensary you choose keeps that product in stock at all times. The same applies to all other medical marijuana strains and products, from edibles to herbs to tinctures and oils and ointments.

You also need to understand that while you can change your dispensary, it requires notifying the Department of Health 14 days before making the switch so that your certification shows the new location.

Medical marijuana is available to many Miami residents – speak with your doctor to find out if your condition qualifies.

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  1. Sheldon Abramson

    Does diabetic neuropathy qualify for medical marijuana in FL

  2. Farmacy

    We wonder if Tiger Woods had a license with the news this week that he had THC in his system?!

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  4. Dawn

    Can you get a card if you have two bad knees a bad back arthritis in your hands and arms severe depression severe anxiety panic attacks sleep apnea migraines appetite loss loss of weight loss of memory trouble concentrating. I think that sums it all up.

  5. Ashley Goulding

    An Israeli company has developed a strain that has all the pain relieving effects but none of the other effects of mj http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7…236005,00.html Good news for medicinal marijuana consumers: Israeli scientists have successfully developed the first strain of cannabis that doesn’t cause intoxication. The unique strain was grown in the greenhouse of the medical cannabis company Tikun Olam, and tested by Professor Ruth Galili of the Hebrew University’s department of Immunology. The company has recently begun to offer the drug to patients eligible for medicinal marijuana treatment. Israel has world’s highest rate of medial pot use / Dr. Itay Gal Officials say that per capita, Israel has highest number of medical marijuana users in the world, but industry is poorly regulated Noam, 30, of Tel Aviv, survived a car crash at the age of 13, and has been suffering from severe pain since. She discovered medical marijuana nine years ago, after experiencing withdrawal from painkillers. “Cannabis brought me back to life, but it also made me sluggish and dizzy,” Noam said. “Two months ago I tried the new strain and it was love at first sight.” Noam testifies that the new cannabis has the same effect on her pain, but without blurring her mind. Many plants produce chemicals to defend themselves from insects and other threats; the cannabis plant produces over 80 such active substances. The most famous is THC, a chemical that was first discovered in the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1964, and is responsible for the anesthetic effect that the drug is identified with. THC creates euphoria, suppresses infections and reduces pain. It can also lead to increased activity of the brain, causing a general numbness of the senses. Tikun Olam opted to neutralize this effect and to amplify the role of another active chemical, CBD, which doesn’t cause blurriness and intoxication, and can also help with diabetes, relieve several psychiatric illnesses and perhaps even stop cancer from spreading. Tzachi Klein, the head of development in Tikun Olam, said that many patients who received the new strain thought at first that they were mistreated. The plant has the same taste, smell and shape of the original plant, but contains practically no intoxicating substances and does not icrease the urge to eat. Nevertheless, it is not expected to be rendered legal, since marijana use is unlawful in Israel regardless of its specific components.

  6. Susanne

    Can a non resident or citizen from a different country get medical marijuana in Florida?

  7. Julian lorenzini

    I Have ADHD and my parents and I want to get off this highly addictive pill I’m taking do you thing I could qualify I’m 17 and would have a written consent from my guardians