Here’s How Snowbirds & Temporary Residents Qualify for Florida Medical Marijuana
Since passing into effect of Amendment 2 in November of 2016, Florida residents are legally able to purchase cannabis for a variety of qualifying conditions. Current records show that about 323,582 residents have been able to complete the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card. But, there are still many more potential persons that do not know the process of getting a Florida Medical Marijuana Card.
There are currently 2,586 registered medical marijuana physicians in Florida who are actively approving people who legally qualify for their Office of Medical Marijuana Use identification card. The process, while intimidating to most, is a pretty simple task to grasp. If you are interested in seeing if you are eligible for your Florida Medical Marijuana Card, complete a pre-qualifying survey to see if you have potential for being approved.
Find a State Qualified Medical Marijuana Doctor
In order to legally become a medical marijuana patient in Florida, you must complete an evaluation by a qualified physician. With that being said, it is important to note that not every doctor in Florida is qualified to recommend you for your medical marijuana card. Additionally, being a licensed M.D. or D.O, is not enough of a qualification. A physician who wishes to be a qualifying doctor must be duly certified by the state once they have completed the necessary course and exam. If you’re searching for a qualified physician, you should look no further than DocMJ Doctors Marijuana. Our licensed and well-educated marijuana doctors are always available to evaluate your case and help you with the fast processing of your medical marijuana card.
Booking an Appointment
Once you are ready to be evaluated, you can go online or call the office of DocMJ Doctors Marijuana Florida in order to book an appointment. Florida medical marijuana laws require a ‘full review of the patient’s medical history’ before a physician can approve and enter a patient into the registry. This is why it is imperative you are able to obtain your accurate medical history before your visit to the physician.
Due to the strict requirements set in place, there is a good amount of paperwork to fill out. But the administrative staff members at DocMJ are always ready to help you if you can obtain your medical history ahead of the appointment.
The following conditions have been approved for using medical marijuana by the state of Florida:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to the others listed.
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification.
- Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.
Visiting your Florida Medical Marijuana Doctor
After you have scheduled an appointment with a qualified physician, you will need to visit your medical marijuana doctor for an evaluation. Your physician would use their knowledge and discretion to determine if you’re qualified for a recommendation or not. According to Florida Senate Bill 8A, which outlines guidelines for the state’s medical marijuana program, a qualified patient means:
A resident of this state [Florida] who has been added to the medical marijuana use registry by a qualified physician to receive marijuana or a marijuana delivery device for a medical use and who has a qualified patient identification card.However, Bill 8A expressly states that individuals who meet the definition of seasonal residents may qualify too.
While coming to your consultation, you’ll need your: 
- Photo ID
- Proof of Florida residency
- Medical records
If your physician decides you’re qualified for your medical marijuana card, they would enter your name and other necessary details into the Florida Marijuana Use Registry.
Seasonal Florida residents who do not possess a valid Florida driver license or Florida identification card, are still eligible for their medical marijuana card. These ‘snowbirds” must supply a copy of two of the following documents:
- A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
- One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
- A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the Registry
- Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
- Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.
Other documents such a lease might be acceptable, but if you don’t supply one of the above documents, there is a chance you will need to provide more evidence.
Complete your Application and Apply for Your ID
Once you have qualified and your information has been entered into the registry, you will receive the information required to complete your I.D card application via email. As part of the application process, you will need to upload your proof of residency and pay the required fees of $75.00. After completing the online application, the next step is to wait for the state to review and authorize your application.
Once all of your paperwork is in order and payment has been submitted, the approval process should take around 1 to 2 weeks. The state’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use will send you an email to inform you your listing has been activated. Although your physical card would take another few weeks to arrive, you can purchase medical marijuana products from a licensed dispensary once you receive this email.
All you have to do is go to the dispensary with your photo ID and the email. The dispensary staff would be able to look up your listing in the state registry and attend to you as appropriate.
Overall, the steps to obtaining your legal medical marijuana card in Florida has been streamlined into a pretty easy and hassle free process. DocMJ Doctors Marijuana has been recommending qualified patients since the laws were passed and have been able to streamline the process even more. Make an appointment for a risk-free exam with one of our many Medical Marijuana Doctors today!