Qualifying conditions for MMJ use
Medical Marijuana Card Application in Sarasota, Florida
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Under Florida law, these conditions are eligible for a medical marijuana card:
PTSD: A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.
Epilepsy/Seizures Disorders: A transient occurrence of signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain.
Parkinson's Disease: A disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, often including tremors.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS): A disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
Crohn's Disease: A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.
Glaucoma: Eye conditions marked by increase intraocular pressure that can cause blindness.
Chronic muscle spasms
Sudden, involuntary movement in one or more muscles.
HIV/AIDS: Human immunodeficiency virus that over time causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function.
Cancer: Disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a given part of the body.
Chronic nonmalignant pain
Pain unrelated to cancer that persists beyond the usual course of disease or injury.
Additionally, Florida law allows a physician to certify patients for a medical marijuana card after diagnosing them with “other medical conditions of the same class”.
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Assistance With MMJ Cards In Sarasota, FL
DocMJ aims to take the stress out of applying for an MMJ card. We have offices all across the state to work with patients to help them get approved for medical marijuana use.
The location of our medical marijuanas doctors in Sarasota, FL, is on Ringling Boulevard. This is an easy to access area with lots of parking, even at our peak appointment times.
The Application and Approval Process
There are a couple of steps before you see a medical marijuana doctor. The first is to complete the form for pre-qualification and registration on our website. You must have at least one of the listed qualifying conditions to receive a recommendation for medical marijuana use.
To pre-qualify, you need to be suffering from one or more qualifying conditions, you can go ahead and book your appointment online or by phone to see a medical marijuana doctor. This appointment takes about 15 minutes and ensures you meet the requirements for an MMJ card. If you are approved, we will input your information into the state registry. You will receive a confirmation email that contains a link allowing you to apply for your medical marijuana card and pay your annual fee with the state.
Similar and Like Conditions
Patients can qualify for a medical marijuana card if they have a condition of the same class or if the diagnosed condition is similar or like a listed qualifying condition. For clarification and verification on these types of conditions, schedule an appointment with one of our medical marijuana doctors in Sarasota, FL.
Medical Cannabis Dispensary Near Sarasota, FL:
- 2831 Ringling Blvd, Suite 116D, Sarasota, FL 34237-5352
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Sarasota, Florida is known for being the destination for a healthy retirement. The average age of residents in Sarasota, FL, is 49.2 years. Health needs change after the age of forty-five, with increased diagnosis of chronic diseases and symptoms.
Doctor-supervised medical cannabis is a new and legal treatment option. DocMJ is a trusted provider of medical card health evaluations; the first step to becoming a registered patient on the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
Before you schedule your medical card health evaluation, knowing the qualifying health conditions required is essential. To successfully apply for a Florida medical card, patients can have one or more qualifying diagnoses.
In 2022, patients need to have at least one of the following diagnosed medical conditions:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- A terminal health condition (end-of-life compassionate care)
- Chronic persistent pain caused by a qualifying medical condition that has not responded to standard treatments for the medical condition.
If you are a patient in Sarasota, Florida, you will need to provide proof of diagnosis of your medical condition before your medical card health evaluation appointment.
More eligibility information can be found here .
Patients eighteen (18) years of age or older may apply independently for a medical card. Provided they have at least one qualifying health condition and the approval of a licensed Florida physician.
Patients under the age of eighteen years are considered minors. Children with severe health conditions may be eligible for doctor-supervised cannabis, with the assistance of a registered caregiver.
A caregiver must be the minor’s legal guardian, and must meet certain requirements, including being a permanent resident of the state of Florida and over the age of twenty-one (21) years. They must complete certification training from the Florida Department of Health (DOH), and in some cases, caregivers are required to complete a criminal background check.
Caregivers (regardless of whether they are the parent or a guardian of a minor) may not be certified physicians or employed in any way by a medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) or cannabis testing facility.
Only authorized caregivers may purchase and administer medical marijuana to qualified patients who are under the age of 18. When in possession of medical marijuana, caregivers must have their medical marijuana use registry identification readily on hand to present when a law enforcement officer asks for verification.
We know that many residents do live in Florida all year long. Many retirees are “snowbirds” that rent vacation homes for part of the year in Sarasota, Florida. You do not need to be a permanent resident to qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card.
Part-time residents must live at a fixed address for at least thirty-one (31) days before applying for a Florida medical card. Patients can provide proof of a rental or lease for that duration of time to become registered patients with the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU).
Most seasonal residents in Florida can receive their medical card within ten (10) business days after they have completed their health evaluation and online application. Patients are required to pay for the cost of the mandatory health evaluation and the patient application fee of $75.00.
Unlike other states, the medical card in Florida must be renewed every seven months. This can confuse some patients, as other states require annual renewal. The good news is that you can renew your Florida medical marijuana card up to forty-five days before it expires.
Our patients at DocMJ never have to worry about forgetting to renew their medical card! Once you have completed your health evaluation and received your Florida medical marijuana card, we will send reminders when you are due for renewal.
Many patients are interested in trying alternative medicine to manage debilitating symptoms. But not everyone feels comfortable talking to their primary care provider (PCP) about medical cannabis.
Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, DocMJ has a mission to serve the community with compassionate care and break down the walls of stigma surrounding medical marijuana. Your Florida medical card doctor is an alternative health advocate. A judgment-free practitioner believes patients should have the option to try safe methods to moderate symptoms.
DocMJ physicians care about helping patients achieve pain management and wellness goals. And our doctors help ensure that patients make a safe and informed choice about the therapeutic use of medical cannabis.
Medical marijuana has a stigma surrounding it due to its psychoactive components and long-standing legal restrictions on its use. However, cannabis sativa, the plant from which marijuana is derived, has origins dating back to ancient times for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. As more legislative restrictions become lifted and state regulation measures are modified to make medical marijuana legal, patients with qualifying medical conditions can legally purchase these products.
With existing state of Florida laws and guidelines in place, knowing where to go for treatment and how the certification process works can be overwhelming. To help eliminate the stress of not knowing what to expect, here is a simple breakdown of the steps to pre-qualify to obtain your Florida medical marijuana card.
Florida Law requires that anyone seeking treatment will need to be evaluated by a trained medical marijuana doctor. Florida state law has allowed Florida residents with depression to obtain access to medical marijuana treatment. Our highly qualified physicians, who have undergone specialized training to prescribe medical marijuana, can listen to your needs and concerns.
There are three convenient ways to schedule an appointment.
- Call our Sarasota DocMJ direct line at (888) 908-0143. We can seamlessly communicate with you over the phone and help prepare you for the physician evaluation.
- Utilize the chat feature at the bottom right corner of the screen on DocMJ.com, where you can virtually set up an appointment.
- Click "Book Now" on the DocMJ.com main webpage to conveniently book directly online.
The initial consultation visit is a flat fee of $189 and can be made as a one-time payment or by enrolling in our monthly payment plan. If you want to set up the payment plan, our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you. Please call us at(888) 908-0143.
*We have a 100 money back guarantee if you are evaluated and do not receive a cannabis recommendation by our DocMJ doctors.
After payment, there will be a few emails sent to you. One will be a payment confirmation, and the second a medical questionnaire. We highly encourage every patient to complete the questionnaire at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment.
Our physicians cannot provide a new diagnosis during your medical cannabis health evaluation. Patients must be able to provide proof of prior diagnosis to proceed. If you do not have a recent diagnosis, you can obtain a letter from your current primary care physician stating the diagnosis of one (or more than one) qualifying health condition.
The initial consultation visit should take approximately 15 minutes. During this time, your physician will perform an in-person assessment, review your medical records from the last 7 years, carefully listen to any concerns, and document any reported symptoms. Finally, your doctor will determine if any diagnosed condition would qualify you for marijuana recommendation and approval for a medical cannabis card. This card would allow patients to visit dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana products.
Once your physician adds your name to the state of Florida registry, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to access your login information for the medical marijuana use registry. Upon accessing your account, residency verification (such as state ID) will be required in addition to paying an annual fee of $75. Approximately 10 days after the annual fee payment, the approval process has been completed, and an email containing a temporary registry ID will be issued.
Access to Sarasota Area Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Your temporary registry ID will grant you access to dispensaries in the Sarasota area and anywhere in Florida for seven months. Your medical card will arrive in the mail, allowing you to visit any Florida medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) or dispensary. And get valuable advice on different types of cannabis products and strains for your wellness needs.
Questions? We are Here to Help!
As always, we are here to help if you have any questions. Our compassionate care sets us apart from our competitors, and we stand by our commitment to provide every patient with respect and no less than the best service. Our Sarasota medical marijuana doctors are supportive and caring. We aim to help every patient by developing a treatment plan ideal for their needs.