If you suffer with stress or anxiety and are diagnosed with PTSD—or any other qualifying condition—you can get a Florida medical marijuana card.
In January 2020, just over 306,000 Florida residents had received their medical marijuana card. With anxiety and stress on the rise since the onset of the pandemic in March, that number may have increased substantially! That’s because marijuana takes the edge off and allows you to relax.
Studies have shown that it provides relief for other medical conditions too.
It’s good for what ails you
November, 2016, will go down in Florida history. That’s when 71% of Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana—and in March, 2019, things improved even further.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Smokable Whole Flower in Florida Senate Bill 182 into law. There are guidelines to follow as to when and where, but card holders who prefer smoking a joint instead of taking capsules or making brownies follow them willingly.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a permanent resident of the state or a snowbird who winters in Florida to escape the cold back home, patients with the following conditions can qualify for a medical marijuana card:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis or any similar condition
- A terminal condition or chronic malignant pain caused by a qualifying condition
On average, it costs about $150 to meet with a specially-licensed cannabis physician—a quick search is all it takes to find one. When you receive your diagnosis, you’ll be assigned a patient registry I.D. number.
Your doctor adds you to Florida’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry—otherwise known as the Compassionate Use Registry. They document your name, patient I.D. number, the treatment recommendation, and other identifying data.
When that’s completed, you can go to the state’s website to complete your online application. Have a card handy because there’s a $75 registration fee. You’ll also need to submit a copy of your current Florida driver’s license or I.D. card.
You wait for your card to arrive.
The Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) usually reviews and approves your application in no more than two or three weeks—but it could take longer. On the other hand, some patients report that they had their card in hand just a few days after submitting their application.
Keep it current
You need to renew your card annually to keep it active.
You can submit your renewal application online or by mail—along with a new copy of your license or ID card and another application fee—forty-five days prior to the expiration date.
It’s also important to note that the law requires that you check in with your certifying doctor every seven months.
It’s not long and drawn out
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to get your name added to the “Compassionate Use Registry.” In fact, the law gives doctors a wide range of freedom to determine whether or not your symptoms warrant giving you a medical marijuana card.
The process is easy to complete and it’s normally just a few weeks until you’ll be able to legally use marijuana to treat your symptoms.
Remember, though, a medical marijuana card doesn’t mean that your employer can’t act on a positive drug test result. Florida employers can terminate anyone who tests positive for weed—even when used for medical purposes—if it’s not otherwise stated in their company policy.
The only down side to medical marijuana legalization here in Florida is risking a positive drug test result. It shouldn’t be an issue much longer though.
A marijuana breathalyzer will hit the market during the 4th quarter of 2020! When it does, employers can detect current impairment.
That’s going to be a huge relief if you’re a medical marijuana card holder with an employer who drug tests.
Hang in there! It won’t be long now.