How to Afford Florida Medical Marijuana on a Fixed Income

Everyone has their own unique opinions when it comes to medical marijuana, but there is one thing we can all agree on: it’s expensive. 

The majority of America’s states have legalized marijuana sales for certain uses, but the federal government still classifies it as a “Schedule 1” substance. This classification puts a lot of limitations on the way a marijuana company can operate because banks that handle marjiuana money can be charged with money laundering. 

As a result, health insurers will not cover the costs of medical marijuana expenses because it is technically illegal. Most health insurance policies include an “illegal acts” exclusion that says if you have a health issue that occurs due to or in association with your voluntary involvement with an illegal act or substance, you are not covered. 

Another aspect that makes it difficult to be a medical marijuana patient on a fixed income is it is an all cash business. Since banks will not allow medical marijuana companies, they cannot have any credit card processors. This means that a patient cannot use any credit cards in order to be able to pay for their medicine.

So – with no health insurance coverage and no ability to charge a credit card, how do qualified Florida Medical Marijuana patients afford being a part of the program?

Affording the Cost of the Physician’s Visit

The first step of the medical marijuana process is to be evaluated by a state-qualified physician. It can be a little overwhelming trying to navigate how to find a reputable clinic in your area. First-time patients are not always aware of what the average cost of a marijuana recommendation entails and unfortunately, there are quite a few money-mongering clinics. 

 

Luckily for you Florida’s largest network of state-certified physicians, DocMJ Doctors Marijuana, understands that the average patient needs a cost-friendly choice. They offer a few different payment options and discounts in order to be more accessible.

 

The cost of both the initial and follow-up exam are the same because they are offering the same service each time you renew with them. The cost of the 7-month recommendation costs $189, but they also offer a $30 per month payment plan making your medical cannabis recommendation the same cost of just six coffees from a cafe. 

 

  • Veterans: 10% off
  • First Responders: 10% off
  • Pediatric Patients: $100 first time visit and $50 recertification.

Dispensary Discounts

As a direct result of Florida’s Vertical Integration laws, the cost of medicine is quite expensive. With prices ranging from $7 to upwards of $150 per product it is not surprising that a monthly cannabis regimen is not probable for some peoples budgets.

Most of the Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC) have discounts in place to help out patients in need. 

 

The Botanist

  • First Visit: 20% off
  • Veterans: 20% off
  • Senior Citizens (55+): 10% off

Columbia Care

  • First Visit: 20% off or $50 off $150
  • Veterans: 15% off
  • Senior Citizens (65+): 15% off
  • Recipients of Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, or SSDI: 15% off 

Curaleaf

  • First Visit: 50% off
  • Veterans: 20% off
  • Senior Citizens (65+): 10% off
  • Recipients of Financial Assistance: 20% off
  • Cannabis Industry: 15% off
  • Pediatrics: 40% off

Fluent

  • First Visit: 50% off up to $200 purchase
  • Second Visit: Unique ‘Sampler Deals’
  • Veterans & Spouses: 20% off 
  • Senior Citizens (55+): 10% off on Sundays
  • Recipients of Financial Assistance:
  • Cannabis Industry: 20% off 
  • Pediatrics: 40% off

GrowHealthy

  • First Visit: 25% off
  • Second Visit: $75 off $150
  • Veterans: 30% off
  • Recipients of Financial Assistance: 20% off

Harvest

  • First Visit: 20% off
  • Second Visit: Free Burner Kit
  • Veterans: 22% off
  • Senior Citizens (65+): 10% off

Liberty Health Sciences

  • First Visit: $75 off $150
  • Veterans: 25% off
  • Recipients of Financial Assistance: 15% off
  • Retired First Responders: 20% off

MedMen

  • First Visit: 10% off with Email Signup
  • Veterans: 15% off
  • Recipients of Financial Assistance: 15% off

MUV

  • First Visit: 25% off first purchase $75 off $150
  • Veterans: 20% off
  • Senior Citizens (65+): 10% off
  • Cannabis Industry: 20% off
  • Pediatrics: 25% off
  • Travel Discount (100+ miles): 10% off

OnePlant

  • First Visit: 25% off
  • Veterans: 15% off

RiSE

  • First Visit: 25% off
  • Veterans: 25% off
  • Senior Citizens (65+): 15% off
  • Cannabis Industry: 15% off

Surterra

  • First Visit: 15% off
  • Second Visit: 20% off
  • Veterans: 15% off
  • Pediatrics: 20% off

Trulieve

  • First Visit: 15% off
  • Second Visit: $75 off $100
  • Veterans: 20% off
  • Recipients of Financial Assistance: 10% off

VidaCann

  • First Visit: $55 off $100
  • Veterans: 15% off
  • Cannabis Industry: 15% off
  • Pediatrics: 15% off

 

In addition to all of the normal discounts offered at these dispensaries, most of them have a loyalty program and birthday rewards as well. You can also find more information about “flash sales” and special promotions they are running by signing up for their email list or their text message alerts. 

The cost of being a medical marijuana patient, especially in Florida, is not cheap. But with a little planning ahead and strategizing which discounts get you the most bang-for-your-buck you will be able to afford the relief you are looking for!