Since the passage of Amendment 2 there has been a growing demand for Florida medical marijuana doctors to recommend cannabis to patients. The law went into effect on Jan 3, 2017 and the process for obtaining your medical marijuana recommendation and card from the state of Florida has changed. We break it down into three easy steps.

Obtain Diagnosis of Medical Condition Requiring Cannabis From Physician

Florida requires that you have one of the listed debilitating conditions or any condition of a similar class or kind.  This means that ANYTHING your doctor feels is as debilitating to you as one of the listed conditions can be used as your diagnosis for a Florida medical marijuana card.  Below are the automatic qualifying conditions as well as the ones that you can qualify for depending on the severity of the symptoms and how they affect your life.

Qualifying Conditions Per Florida Medical Marijuana Statute SB8a

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV+
  • AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Terminal illness
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain

Conditions and Symptoms of a Similar Class or Kind that Can Qualify in Florida

Below is just a sampling of the types of conditions and symptoms that can be considered of a similar class or kind.  The question is one between you and your physician.  

  • Autoimmune
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Neurological & neurodegnerative
  • Psychological
  • Terminal
  • Chronic (long lasting and/or recurring) & debilitating symptoms:
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression, irritability, and/or mood swings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle spasms & stiffness
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other GI upset
  • Poor appetite
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Bipolar
  • Cachexia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Endometriosis/PMS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hepatitis C
  • IBS
  • Insomnia/sleep disorders
  • Lyme disease
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • OCD
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Ulcerative colitis


Receive Your Recommendation from Florida Medical Marijuana Doctor

After you have received your diagnosis, it is time to find a Florida medical marijuana doctor.  CannaMD is one of our featured partners and they have simplified the process for you to make it as easy as possible.  You can check your eligibility by clicking the button below.


The doctor will make a recomendation for you to get a medical marijuana card in Florida.  Once they have confirmed your eligibility, they will enter you into the Office of Medical Marijuana Use Registry and you will be assigned a patient id number.  


Submit Your Application for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card


Once you have been assigned a patient id number by the Florida Department of Health, you will receive an automatically generated email at the email address you provide the recommending physician. It is very important to use an email address that you check often, because you will need to reply to the email and setup your password to login and submit your online application.  


Once you login to the Department of Health’s website you will click on the My Card menu item to be taken to the card application page.  You must do three things to submit a valid application.  

  1. Passport Photo.  You can get a physical passport photo from anywhere that prints them such as a Walgreens, CVS or The UPS Store.  We recommend downloading a passport photo app on your smartphone and uploading the photo directly.
  2. Online Payment.  You will see a button for submitting an online payment of $75.  
  3. Proof of Residency.  There is a button for you to upload supporting documentation of your residency such as a state issued drivers. license

Alternatively you can do everything by hand and submit a paper application.  This will result in your card application taking up to twice as long as one submitted online.


Florida has a unique set of requirements and regulations for the medical marijuana program, not unlike many other states such as Massachusetts medical marijuana‘s program.


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  1. Kayla

    I’ve wanted to get a medical card for my sleep issues and teeth grinding. Thanks for the info!

  2. Arianna

    Such an informative article, now that medical marijuana is becoming legal in more and more states. Thanks!

  3. Roz Dougherty

    This is incredibly helpful… I never thought I would be eligable for medical marijuana but apparently I am! Im going to act on this asap. Really helpful post.

  4. Chloe

    This is super helpful! There are so many options!

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