Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions
What medical conditions qualify me for a medical marijuana card?
Under Florida Amendment 2, the following conditions and ailments diagnosed by a medical marijuana doctor qualify patients for a medical marijuana card.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Muscle Spasms
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Terminal Conditions
- Chronic Nonmalignant Pain
Additionally, licensed physicians may determine whether unlisted conditions qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation. For a detailed list of unspecified conditions, including a wide range of illnesses and ailments, click here.
Do you need a referral from another doctor to see an Alternative Medical Care Physician?
No, a referral is not necessary.
Do I still have to pay for the consultation if I do not receive a medical marijuana card?
No. The initial consultation fee is guaranteed to be refunded 100% if you do not receive a medical marijuana recommendation.
What important items or documents should I bring to my appointment?
Patients should bring some form of proof of residence in Florida. This could be in the form of a mortgage statement, tax bill, utility bill, etc.
What age restrictions apply to medical marijuana patients in Florida?
Children under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian present. Additionally, patients under 18 years of age must consult two physicians, both of whom must determine that a medical marijuana recommendation is the best course of action.
Are there privacy issues associated with medical marijuana recommendation and usage?
No. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) applies to all healthcare providers, ensuring that your private health information remains secure and protected. Alternative Medical Care is held to the same standards as every other healthcare facility, and patient privacy laws remain strictly enforced.
What is the process of getting approved?
First, determine your eligibility by reviewing Florida’s criteria for medical marijuana patients under Amendment 2.
Schedule a pre-screening appointment with an Alternative Medical Care physician to discuss your qualifications and treatment options.
If medical cannabis is considered as a viable treatment option during the pre-screening, you will be invited to schedule an appointment with an Alternative Medical Care physician.
If Alternative Medical Care determines medical marijuana to be the best course of treatment, you will be registered under the Compassionate Care Database and receive your medical marijuana recommendation.
Purchase medical marijuana from one of Florida’s fourteen licensed dispensaries, or have it delivered to your home (sometimes for a nominal fee, depending on the policy of your dispensary).
How will the medical marijuana be administered?
Medical marijuana can be administered through vaping, oils, capsules, edibles, or lotions. Smoking as a means of administration, however, is prohibited by Florida state law.
How much marijuana can I receive after my first visit?
Florida law limits licensed medical marijuana physicians to recommend three 70-day supplies at a time. Patients who qualify for medical marijuana must be reevaluated by their recommending physician every 30 weeks to renew their certification.
How soon can I obtain medical marijuana?
Patients can purchase medical marijuana at a Florida dispensary after officially registering with the Florida Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program’s Compassionate Care Database.
Can I obtain a medical marijuana card on my first visit?
Yes. Since the changes to Amendment 2 made in June of 2017, patients can receive a medical marijuana recommendation on their first visit.
Where can I obtain medical marijuana?
Patients may obtain medical marijuana at any of Florida’s licensed medical dispensaries. Otherwise, marijuana may be delivered to a patient’s place of residence (delivery fees may apply depending on dispensary).
What is a medical dispensary?
A medical dispensary is a state-certified facility responsible for providing medical cannabis. You can find the Florida medical marijuana dispensary closest to you here.
How can I be sure that the marijuana I obtain from the dispensary is actually medical marijuana?
The Health Department and multiple law enforcement agencies oversee medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida, ensuring that our patients receive safe, state-approved medical cannabis.
Is medical marijuana dangerous?
Alternative Medical Care physicians always review patients on a case-by-case basis, recommending medical marijuana with the same considerations and precautions in mind as with any other medication. It’s important to note that there have been no confirmed acute lethal overdoses of marijuana known to have occurred. (As opposed to aspirin and acetaminophen, two over-the-counter pain relievers which have produced a number of confirmed acute lethal overdoses.)
Do any legal issues with medical marijuana usage currently exist for patients in Florida or the United States?
Under Federal Law, marijuana use is still considered illegal. However, the federal government has never taken any sort of legal action against medical marijuana patients.
What effects does medical cannabis have?
The effects of medical cannabis vary depending on the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) in the marijuana. Your doctor will determine what specific levels of THC and CBD are appropriate for your properly treating condition. Medical cannabis has been shown to relieve pain, reduce nausea, calm muscle spasms, aid relaxation, ease depression, and decrease inflammation. For more information on THC, CBD, and medical marijuana, click here.