A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Florida

Thinking about applying for a Florida medical marijuana card but don't know where to start? We have you covered. Below, we’ve crafted an easy step-by-step guide on how to get your medical card in Florida from start to finish. All it takes is four simple steps:

  1. Meet with a qualified physician and get evaluated 
  2. Wait to hear from the OMMU
  3. Submit your application to the MMUR
  4. Pay your fees and get your card!
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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

Florida’s medical marijuana program utilizes some terminology that might not be familiar for every patient. To keep in mind, the state refers to dispensaries as Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, or MMTCs, and their medical marijuana cards are Registry Identification Cards.

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Who Can Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card?

If you’re hoping to get a medical card in Florida, you must:

  • Have at least one of the qualifying conditions listed in the program
  • Be 18-years-old or older
  • Be an in-state resident or temporary resident who has lived at least one-month consecutively in the state, return home at least once a year, and are registered to vote or pay income taxes 

Minors are allowed to apply for their Registry Identification Cards as long as they have a qualified caregiver and receive two physician recommendations. 

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Florida?

Florida’s qualifying conditions for medical cannabis are:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • 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
  • Medical conditions comparable to those above

How-To Steps for Getting a Florida Medical Marijuana Card

1: Meet With a Qualified Physician and Get Evaluated

The first step to getting approved for a Registry Identification Card is meeting with an approved physician. You can find a list of these physicians on Florida’s Department of Health website. This physician will then evaluate you to see if you have at least one of the qualifying conditions the program requires. 

If you are eligible, your physician will then enter your information into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR). 

2: Wait to Hear From the OMMU

After your doctor submits your information, you have to wait until you hear from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. Eventually, the OMMU will reach out to you, assigning a Patient ID number and instructing you on how to submit your actual Registry Card application to the MMUR. 

3: Submit Your Application to the MMUR

You have the choice of either submitting your application online or in the mail. It’s up to you!

4: Pay Your Fees and Get Your Card!

The fee for your medical card is $75 and must be paid with the application. After this is paid, you will receive a confirmation email that details your next steps. Until your card comes in the mail, with approval, you can visit one of the MMTCs in the state. Once you have the physical copy, you’re free to shop as you please.