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You may travel within Florida with your medical marijuana products, but you must have your medical marijuana card with you at all times. Air travel may be more difficult at certain airports and airlines do not permit traveling with medical marijuana products.
Out of State Travel
Depending on where you travel within the USA, you may not be able to take your medical marijuana product(s). Always check the state regulations and if traveling by air, call ahead to see the airline and airport policy on traveling with medical marijuana.
First, you want to find a state-licensed #FloridaMedicalMarijuanaDoctor with the proper credentials for your medical condition. We can assist you in scheduling an appointment for a patient evaluation. Then, the doctor will give you a recommendation for medical cannabis.
In order to get your Medical Marijuana Card and be able to purchase medical marijuana products from a licensed Florida dispensary, you will need to complete the following the steps:
Complete a Screening Evaluation to see if you qualify for Medical Marijuana in the state of Florida.
- First, educate yourself! Then, Book an Appointment with a Licensed Physician
- Most of our affiliated physicians offer a minimum 10% special discount on the initial visit for Veterans of the Armed Forces. If you are a Veteran, make sure to attend one of CannXperience Tour monthly events for more information and a Free Evaluation Appointment
- Show up for your physician appointment at least 20 minutes before schedule to fill out any required paperwork
Face-to-Face Evaluation (each CannXperience Tour event features local physicians who can evaluate you on the spot! Call or email for more details)
Complete a Medical Records Release Form and once reviewed, a representative will contact you to schedule your face-to-face or onsite clinical evaluation.
- Once you consult with a physician and he/she confirms that you qualify, your ReleafMD Clinic of choice will enter your personal and initial order information into the Compassionate Use Registry and you will be sent an email with the Patient Medical Marijuana Application Form and next steps to obtain your physical Medical Marijuana Card, The entire process is down to just under two weeks in Florida!
- Download and print the Medical Marijuana Card Application form, or you can streamline the process online, or mail it to the address indicated on the form along with the photo for your physical card.
Register and Pickup Your Florida Medical Marijuaja (MMJ) Card
Register with the Florida DOH, get your card and contact a nearby dispensary to get your medication.
- Once the Office of Medical Marijuana use processes your payment and application, you will receive an email with your temporary ID card number immediately via email, that you can use while you wait for your permanent ID in the mail (you may also use your verified email with the temporary ID number to purchase Medical Marijuana).
- Once you have seen your physician for the first time to receive your Medical Marijuana Card, a follow-up RENEWAL visit will be required.
Signing up for the registry is the first step patients need to complete in order to get a prescription for medical marijuana, which was legalized in Florida in November 2016. Designated caregivers can also sign up for the registry for patients who need assistance. The Medical Marijuana Use Registry is a secure, electronic, and online database for the registration of ordering physicians and qualified patients. It is accessible to ordering physicians, law enforcement, dispensing organization staff, and Office of Medical Marijuana Use staff.
Log into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
According to Florida’s Amendment 2, a wide range of diagnosed conditions may be eligible for a medical marijuana recommendation including:
Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a terminal condition diagnosed by another physician, or a chronic non-malignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition. Other states have similar lists of allowable conditions, with some overlap with the conditions in Florida’s medical marijuana law.
Inhalation – Effects are quick within 1-2 minutes and last several hours. Currently, in the state of Florida smoking is not legal, but vaporizing medical cannabis is legal. Vaporizers heat cannabis to temperatures to release cannabinoids without the toxins from combustion.
Edibles – Effects occur in approximately 90 minutes, and last longer, approximately 6-8 hours. Monitoring dosage is important since the effects may take longer to realize.
Sublingual Tinctures – Effects occur in 5-15 minutes and last 3-4 hours.
Topical – Rarely psychoactive, but very high doses may result in psychoactive effects. Provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
Though marijuana has been used as a medicine in various cultures around the world, it is only in the last 3 decades that researchers have begun compiling clinical evidence of the incredible medical benefits of the 113 known chemical structures known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant and have been isolated for further studies.
The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. Among the extracts that have shown to be the most effective in treating a wide array of symptoms include:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): this is the principal cannabinoid in cannabis and the one directly responsible for the elevated or “high” effect associated with cannabis use.
Cannabidiol (CBD): this is the principal non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Results from dozens of clinical studies have suggested CBD has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-nauseant, anti-emetic, anti-psychotic, anti-ischemic, anxiolytic and anti-epileptiform effects.
The passing of Medical Marijuana bills allow patients to obtain a medical marijuana card if they have a qualifying medical condition and a licensed physician believes they are likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the use of medical marijuana.
Many conditions may qualify one as a cannabis patient, here are some to consider.
Sickle Cell Anemia
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The treatment of these conditions; or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy), or severe and persistent muscle spasms (including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis).
You will need to bring a valid Florida state ID card or driver’s license. Otherwise, a valid passport or out-of-state photo-ID card and receipt from a Florida DMV for a Florida ID card or driver’s license application.
New patients must bring or fax/scan ahead of time medical documentation showing that you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. Medical documentation can be in the form of medical records, physician letters, or reports.