Florida Medical Marijuana Authorization

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Florida Medical Marijuana Authorization

Florida has many dispensaries now for medicinal marijuana in Florida. Through authorization, you can get approved to purchase cannabis locally at these dispensaries. Located in populated areas like Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando and more, you won't have to travel far to use this new alternative treatment option after you get your Florida medical marijuana authorization.

Few medical marijuana patients have claimed to have a "doctor’s prescription" for the drug. Rather, patients can obtain a medical marijuana authorization. In the state of Florida, Amendment 2 dictates several requirements that doctors must abide by in order to provide these authorizations. This includes a thorough evaluation process where your medical condition is treated with alternative treatment options, then the doctor may determine that your symptoms qualify for medical marijuana authorization after a period of 90 days.

Remember, marijuana has been classified as a schedule one drug by the federal government. Thus doctors are not able to prescribe their patients with marijuana but they can prescribe a Florida medical marijuana card. Consequently, these patients can’t go to a pharmacy to get a refill or even fill their prescription. And so, medical marijuana physicians will offer patients medical marijuana recommendation that complies with the state law.

Using marijuana as a treatment for serious illnesses isn’t for sketchy back alleys and hippies anymore. In fact, many states are now approving medical marijuana making the use of cannabis as a legitimate treatment not a secret anymore.

While the stigma of using the plant is fading, it is still quite a process to get a doctor’s prescription for the marijuana since it is still considered an illegal substance by the federal government. Therefore it is important first to find out if you qualify or not. Florida medical marijuana is permitted to treat various illnesses however the list of illnesses varies with states.

Ailments That Qualify For Medical Marijuana Authorization

According to the state of Florida, a patient diagnosed with one of the following incapacitating medical conditions is legally entitled to medical marijuana treatment option if the patient wishes;

  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  •  Cancer
  • Seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease

Or any other condition or ailment with similar symptoms/severity after being determined by a doctor and confirmed that using marijuana would beat any probable health risks.

How to become a medical marijuana patient

  • You must be 18 years of age or above
  • You must be a state resident with valid state identification card as proof. If one does not have the state identification card, a passport, other photo I.D or out of state I.D with proof of nationality such as utility bill, bank statement, etc. is satisfactory.
  • You must have a legitimate medical documentation or record from your primary care provider describing their judgment. Bring with you these records to your marijuana evaluation appointment.
  • You must have been diagnosed as having an incapacitating medical condition by your physician. Additionally, you must have been seeing the doctor for not less than three months before the diagnosis.
  • You must have tried other treatments first without success.