FAQ

Below you will find the answers to our most frequently asked questions. Should you have a question that is not listed below or need further information, feel free to email us and we will contact you as soon as possible.

The Florida Legislature in 2014 passed the Compassionate Use Act, the first legal medicinal cannabis program within the state. At first, this only allowed for those with cancer or epilepsy to dispense and purchase low-THC cannabis.

The road to enhanced legal medical marijuana began in November 2016 when voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment to the state constitution to allow residents who have debilitating illnesses legally obtain as well as use medical marijuana. Governor Rick Scott signed this SB-8A into law on June 23, 2017. This revised the initial Compassionate Use Act, expanding the state’s current medical marijuana program to meet the new stipulations in Amendment 2.

Within the state of Florida, those suffering from debilitating and chronic illnesses can receive medical cannabis. The process begins with an in-patient visit to a qualified Florida physician. To be considered “qualified” in this respect, the physician must have an active and unrestricted medical license and successfully finish the Florida Medical Association’s course.

After a physical examination, a qualified physician can certify a patient so they may purchase marijuana for medical purposes. Following certification from a physician, the patient must complete an application for a medical marijuana ID card from the Department of Health. Upon approval of the application, the patient can legally visit a state dispensary or contact a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center so they may arrange for delivery to their home.

According to the Florida law, patients must be re-certified every 210 days. Physicians have the ability to certify as much as a 70-day course of medicinal cannabis at one time.

There are dozens of conditions that qualify a patient to legally use medical marijuana with the appropriate ID. Visit the qualifying conditions page for a full list.
There are no cases of cannabis-related fatalities and the side effect profile is small and predictable with minimal drug interactions.

Only Florida residents can get a Medical Marijuana Card for use in Florida. You must have a valid Florida ID that proves your residency. For those without a valid Florida ID, you can also use another photo ID, including an out of state ID or passport, in combination with a utility bill, bank statement, or other proof of residency.

There is one important exception to the requirement of Florida residency to get a medical marijuana recommendation. The law does accommodate “seasonal residents” with certification if they have debilitating illnesses. To be eligible for the program and to qualify as a “seasonal resident,” you must reside within Florida for a minimum of 31 consecutive days every calendar year. “Seasonal” residents must use two of the following to prove their status:

  • A residential lease or rental agreement, deed, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage, or mortgage payment booklet
  • Proof of a residential address
  • A utility bill, two months old or more recent
  • A utility work order or hookup dated within 60 days prior to registration
  • Mail from any financial institution, including investment, checking, and savings account statements within the last two months
  • Mail from a municipal, county, state, or Federal government less than two months old
  • Any additional documentation proving residential address according to department rule
It is common for patients to be unsure what to expect from their medical marijuana consultation before they begin the process of getting a Medical Marijuana ID. Appointments with a qualified physician are just like those with any other physician. This includes the fact that the visit is part of a confidential medical record, meaning the details will not be shared. During the consultation, the physician will only discuss previous and current medical conditions along with your marijuana recommendation, never sharing this information with anyone else. The questions they ask and the information they receive from a physical examination will only be used to verify that you are truly in search of medication alternatives that can alleviate your current condition or conditions. During the evaluation, your doctor will ask to view your current medical records as well as diagnosis documentation. They will also perform an exam related to your condition. As with any other appointment with a new doctor, you should arrive early so you can fill out the paperwork.

Legitimate visits to a medical marijuana doctor include the following characteristics:

    • The good-faith examination is conducted by the signing MD as opposed to a physician’s assistant. (Basic vitals may be taken by a physician’s assistant.)
    • The doctor will have NO affiliation with any marijuana dispensary. They will NOT recommend any marijuana dispensary as doing so is illegal.
    • The doctor will collect and review diagnosis documentation from the current doctor prescribing treatment.
    • In the case of patients without current active care, the qualifying physician may facilitate your visit to a doctor that is appropriate for your problem or to a free community clinic so you can get a valid diagnosis. Occasionally and depending on the condition, the certifying doctor may evaluate, diagnose and treat. In this circumstance, the qualifying physician may act as the first- or second-hand recommending doctor.
    • Following the evaluation, the doctor will NOT write a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, they will write a recommendation for medical marijuana. It is important to note that prescriptions for marijuana are illegal since it is a Schedule I drug.
    • Despite this legal distinction between prescriptions and recommendations, Amendment 2 of the Florida State Constitution classifies your medical marijuana recommendation as a Legal State of Florida Medical Document.
    • The medical cannabis recommendation remains valid for a year.

The process of being evaluated for medical marijuana use is very similar to the basic medical evaluation that the average physician performs. Upon arrival to the office, you will fill out forms in the patient intake packet. You will then meet the licensed physician and undergo a focused physical exam as well as discuss information about your medical history. The physician will review the medical records you provided as well. Assuming you qualify for use of medical marijuana according to the law and the physician indicates that you might benefit from using medical marijuana, they will then provide access to the online system in order to apply for a card.

During the evaluation, the physician will also give you a treatment plan and discuss the risks, effects, and benefits of this treatment. They will also schedule a follow-up visit to confirm that the treatment plan is having a positive impact. During the evaluation, the physician will additionally explain the various methods of using cannabis that allow you to maximize the drug’s beneficial effects while minimizing side effects.

Those who currently have a debilitating condition and provide adequate records have a high success rate in obtaining a doctor’s recommendation for medicinal marijuana. This is due to our approach as well as our reliance on medical documentation and the expertise of our doctors. It also affords a smooth and seamless experience for the patient. Ultimately, we are committed to providing an alternative therapy for your qualifying medical condition.

To ensure that your appointment with the qualifying physician goes as smoothly as possible, you must bring your proof of residency. You should also bring legitimate documentation or medical records originating from your primary care physician. These documents should describe your diagnosis and include additional information such as your current prescriptions and any insights from your primary care doctor that can make the evaluation process go more smoothly.

You must bring along medical records, X-ray/MRI results, prescriptions and any paperwork if related to worker’s compensation. The evaluating physician will need documented proof of the previous diagnosis or will need to determine that you have a pre-existing condition in order to confirm you qualify for protection under the law and medical cannabis access.

Please provide all documentation relating to your condition. If you have had surgery, please bring a copy of your operative report. Imaging and laboratory results related to your medical condition are also very helpful.

In most cases, bringing the documentation of your last two visits to your primary care doctor or specialist managing your qualifying condition will be sufficient. In any case, it never hurts to provide extra documentation. It is helpful to have a hard copy on hand, even if you send the medical records ahead of time. he medical records ahead of time.

Medicinal Cannabis Miami will guide you through the process of obtaining a Medical Marijuana ID Card. The Florida Department of Health developed a system both for issuing and renewing these Medical Marijuana Registry ID cards to patients as well as caregivers. These ID cards let patients and their caregivers quickly show they are within the Compassionate Use Registry, particularly when combined with the state’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

According to Florida rule 64-4.011, all legal representatives and patients are required by F.A.C. to possess a Compassionate Use Registry ID card to get medical cannabis, cannabis delivery service, or low-THC cannabis.

You can apply for this Compassionate Use Registry ID card by being a Florida resident, being listed as a qualified patient within the Compassionate Use Registry, and submitting an application to the Office of Compassionate Use. The application is completed electronically on-site via the Medical Marijuana Use Registry after your visit with the physician and deemed eligible.

Following approval of your card application, you will receive a temporary verification email directly from the Office of Compassionate Use. This verification allows for the first purchase of medicinal cannabis. The Office of Compassionate Use mails a hard-plastic ID card to Medicinal Cannabis Miami and we coordinate a time for pickup, usually about 30 days following receipt of the application. You cannot have an order filled at a dispensing organization without an approved card application.

No, at the moment, states do not have any sort of reciprocity between their medical marijuana programs. You may meet the qualifications in one state but not another one so every patient in Florida must go through the same application process, regardless of licensing and approval in other states.
Although you cannot immediately qualify for a medical marijuana license in another state because of your Medical Marijuana ID card for Florida, you may be able to visit dispensaries while there. Every state has its own stipulations but our team at Medicinal Cannabis Miami is familiar with these. We can help you get a letter of medical necessity with a signature from your physician. Dispensaries in the other states with legal medical marijuana will generally accept this type of letter.
Medicinal Cannabis Miami does not accept medical insurance at the present time. Our team does, however, provide each patient with a receipt upon payment that can be submitted to your insurance company should they offer reimbursement for such services. You can then submit this to your insurance company for reimbursement for a visit to a legal medical practice, providing your insurance provider offers reimbursement for services related to medicinal marijuana.

According to the Florida law, any patient with a medical marijuana recommendation must have an in-person exam at least one time every 30 weeks. The first visit to the doctor for your evaluation will begin your 30-week cycle, so you must have an appointment within 30 weeks or 210 days of that point. We encourage you to book your next appointment within several weeks or less of each completed one to ensure you find a place on our schedule and to avoid accidentally putting off making an appointment and forgetting as this would result in temporary loss of your medical marijuana recommendation.

If you have any issues regarding your medical marijuana usage or dosage, then we encourage patients to schedule another appointment with Medicinal Cannabis Miami. The doctor can then evaluate and discuss any concerns and work towards a better solution for your symptoms. You may also need to have more frequent visits if you are undergoing active symptomology for your condition.

Within the state of Florida, qualifying patients can assign a Caregiver or Legal Representative for themselves if they require assistance from another individual for healthcare-related needs. Caregivers can care for a maximum of one patient at a time and must be 21 years old or older. The state allows for a maximum of two Caregivers for every patient within the medical marijuana registry. Situations where a patient may have more than one Caregiver include when:
  • The Caregiver is the legal guardian or parent of a patient who is a minor
  • The Caregiver is the legal guardian or parent of an adult who has a developmental or intellectual disability
  • The patient is registered as a hospice patient
Additionally, Caregivers must not be employed by or have any economic interest in one of the medical marijuana treatment centers. They must also not be qualified physicians. To become a Caregiver, you must agree in writing to provide assistance to the qualified patient regarding their use of medicinal marijuana. You must also register as a Caregiver with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, pass a background check (except in the case of close relatives like spouses, parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, and grandparents), and successfully finish a biannual certification course. Caregivers will need to apply for as well as get approval for their Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card. They will need to also provide proof of their Legal Representation status, such as a power of attorney, healthcare surrogate documentation, or birth certificate in the case of minor children.
At any point, the doctor may revoke your certification for cannabis as their patient. It is also possible for the Department of Health to revoke or suspend your registration as a qualified patient, or the status of your Caregiver if either party:
  • Provides fraudulent, false, incorrect, or misleading information
  • Obtains more marijuana than is permitted by the physician certification
  • Falsifies, modifies, or alters the ID card
  • Fails to notify the Department in a timely manner of changes to the qualified patient status
  • Violates any requirements of the relevant section or any rules within the section
The Department can also immediately suspend a qualified patient’s registration or that of a qualified caregiver if they violate Chapter 893 until the final disposition of the alleged offense. After this point, they can extend the suspension or revoke or reinstate the registration. Caregivers and qualified patients can also have their registration revoked if they cultivate marijuana or possess, acquire, or deliver marijuana from anywhere that is not a medical marijuana treatment center. Additionally, if the Caregiver or qualified patient no longer meets requirements, their registration will be revoked.
At Medicinal Cannabis Miami, we strive to ensure that those who need access to medical marijuana can take advantage of our services, which is why we work to keep our pricing as low as we can. Contact us to find out how much your appointment will cost, whether for the initial evaluation and certification or for refills and re-certification.
We see a high volume of patients so we request that you give us a minimum of 24 hours’ notice before canceling or rescheduling an appointment. You can do so by contacting us directly. Keep in mind that if you fail to reschedule or cancel more than 24 hours before your appointment and do not show, we reserve the right to charge the debit or credit card on file a $25.00 cancellation fee as you are taking away an appointment slot from another patient who needs it.
As a medical company, Medicinal Cannabis Miami fully complies with HIPAA regulations. This means that we ensure all of our digital paperwork, scheduling, and medical records are protected, as well as any records you bring to us from your specialist or primary care physician. We will never share information with a third party without a court subpoena or your written consent.
No, Florida law has no provisions at the moment that let qualified patients or anyone else grow marijuana for personal use.

At the moment, Florida state law does not allow for patients to smoke cannabis, even as medical marijuana. Certain cultivators will produce then sell the flower. If you purchase this variety of cannabis, you must vape it using a device which does not make combustion possible.

You can also purchase whole plant cannabis in the oil variety. This can include suppositories, topicals, sublingual tinctures, encapsulations, oil suspensions, and vapor juices. In the near future, the law may expand to include edibles.