While Florida has not legalized recreational marijuana, the state has passed a law legalizing medical uses for marijuana. The state has put restrictions and rules regarding who can obtain a medical marijuana card. To qualify, you must meet the medical, residency and rules determined by the state.

Title XXIX Chapter 381 of the Florida Statutes lists medical marijuana use in section 381.986. A qualified medical provider must diagnose you with a medical condition comparable or similar to multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, posttraumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, acquired immune deficiency syndrome or HIV positive. Chronic nonmalignant pain and terminal conditions may also be considered.

You can qualify for a medical marijuana card if you meet the medical conditions listed above, are 18 years or older and a permanent resident of the state. Caregiver identification cards are available for those assisting patients who have a medical marijuana card. Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age, residents of the state and pass a background screening to qualify. Your caregiver must also pass a state certification course.

The state maintains a registry for caregivers, patients and physicians accessible online by medical marijuana treatment centers, law enforcement agencies and qualified physicians. Additionally, you may have your physician access the registry prior to receiving a prescription for a medication in order to avoid contraindications. The registry also includes approved caregivers.

Only a medical provider can determine whether you qualify for medical marijuana. This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.