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:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- 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.
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.