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Table of contents

  1. Medical Marijuana Laws in Florida
  2. What to Know About Medical Cannabis in Florida
  3. How Many Marijuana Plants Can You Grow in Florida?
  4. The Bottom Line

Medical cannabis is legal in Florida, but recreational marijuana use remains prohibited.

Former Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030 into law in 2014, known as the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. This legislation legalized low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil produced from the strain of cannabis known as Charlotte’s Web.

The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative — Amendment 2 — was implemented in 2016 and legalized medical marijuana treatment in Florida.

A legislative session in June 2017 resulted in the passage of Senate Bill 8A, the Medical Use of Marijuana Act, which added guidelines for medical marijuana accessibility in the state. It also established the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) and officially created the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

Medical Marijuana Laws in Florida

Patients with a physician’s recommendation or certified caregivers can obtain medical cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries. The Florida state government changed possession limits in an August 2022 emergency ruling.

The emergency ruling allows qualified physicians to issue up to three 70-day supply limits for marijuana and six 35-day supply limits for smokable cannabis products.

The equivalent daily dose and 70-day supply limits for approved routes of administration are:

Cannabis ProductDaily LimitMaximum Per 70- or 35-Day Period
Edibles60 mg THC4,200 mg THC per 70-day supply
Vapes350 mg THC24,500 mg THC per 70-day supply
Oral Capsules/Tinctures200 mg THC14,000 mg THC per 70-day supply
Sublingual Tinctures190 mg THC13,300 mg THC per 70-day supply
Suppositories195 mg THC13,650 mg THC per 70-day supply
Topical Creams150 mg THC10,500 mg THC per 70-day supply
Smokeable2.025 g4 ounces per 35-day period

Physicians may request an exception to the medical cannabis limits with the OMMU.

What to Know About Medical Cannabis in Florida

Only Certain Medical Conditions Qualify for Medical Cannabis

Florida law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:

In addition, physicians can approve patients for medical cannabis if they have a terminal condition diagnosed by another physician.

Telemedicine Isn’t Allowed

Florida’s medical marijuana program does not allow telemedicine consultations, so Leafwell cannot help patients in The Sunshine State via our online medical platform.

Patients must obtain a recommendation from a qualified physician in person who is registered with the OMMU. Patients must apply for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card through the OMMU after receiving a medical cannabis recommendation.

Patients must continue to meet medical standards for the qualification and be seen in person by their prescribing physician every 30 weeks.

No Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Florida does not have medical marijuana reciprocity, meaning it doesn’t recognize medical marijuana cards from other states. Out-of-state patients must obtain a Florida medical marijuana card to use medical cannabis within the state legally.

That said, several other states recognize a Delaware medical marijuana card:

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out-of-state cards.

There Are Limitations on Where You Can Use Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis patients cannot use marijuana in certain places, including:

  • On public transportation.
  • In state or federal government buildings.
  • While operating a vehicle, boat, plane, or other motorized vehicles.
  • At work, unless expressly permitted by the employer.

Using low-THC CBD products is allowed.

You can carry medical cannabis with you if you have a medical card, but you cannot use it publicly.

You Can’t Get a Gun Permit If You Have a Medical Card

Medical marijuana use prohibits you from obtaining a weapons permit in Florida, as the federal government considers medical marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which is against federal law.

How Many Marijuana Plants Can You Grow in Florida?

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Florida, even with a valid medical marijuana card. Patients must purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (dispensary).

The Bottom Line

While medical marijuana is legal in Florida for qualified patients with specific conditions, recreational use remains illegal. Cultivating cannabis at home is prohibited, even for medical marijuana patients. It’s essential to stay informed about Florida’s marijuana laws and the potential consequences of breaking them to ensure you’re using cannabis responsibly and legally.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Florida?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Florida can have a caregiver. The caregiver fills out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well.

Caregivers and patients must renew their physician’s recommendation/certification 45 days prior to the card expiration date. To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

  1. Retrieve your login credentials for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry from your email.
  2. Access the “Your Card” page in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry to complete your online application. You must apply to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) to become a legal medical marijuana caregiver.
  3. Supply all necessary documentation and submit your payment information for the $75 processing fee.
  4. Once qualified, you will be sent a medical marijuana card.

Please note: at the moment, we can only renew existing medical marijuana patients via telehealth, not process new applications.

Is a Florida Medical Marijuana Card valid in other states?

Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:

– Alaska ^
– Arkansas *
– California ^
– Colorado ^
– Hawaii *
– Maine
– Massachusetts
– Michigan
– Nevada
– Oklahoma *
– Oregon ^
– Puerto Rico
– Washington ^
– Washington D.C.

States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.

How do I apply for the state program in Florida?

Have the following ready before you begin your application:

  • Photo ID
    • The Registry is connected to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FLHSMV) demographic database. If there is a match to the information in your profile, your state ID or driver’s license photo can be automatically added to your application and approved.
  • Proof of Residency Documentation
  • $75 payment fee (Plus a $2.75 convenience fee)

How to Apply in Florida

For detailed instructions with images for step 1, click here.

For detailed instructions with images for steps 2 onwards, click here.

  1. After your appointment with a Leafwell physician, you will receive 2x emails with the subject line “Medical Marijuana Use Registry New User Account” (here’s a walkthrough for step 1).
    1. One email contains your username (your email address).
    2. The second email contains a temporary password – these passwords are case-sensitive.
    3. Click the link in the email to log into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry
    4. Click login in the top left and then enter your email, and password and click the login button.
    5. Type the temporary password into the ‘current password’ box, then set your own.
    6. Once this is done, you will be automatically redirected to your registry homepage.
  2. Click on ‘Your Card’ and then click ‘Begin Initial Application’ (here’s the walkthrough for steps 2 onwards)
  3. Click ‘Supply a Photo’ to either supply your State ID photo, or to supply your own passport-style photo to your application.
    1. Clicking “Check My State ID” will upload your driver’s license photo from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FLHSMV) demographic database.
    2. Clicking “Supply My Own” will allow you to upload your own photo from your device. (Using the FLHSMV sourced data will automatically approve the photo and may cut down on processing time, while supplying your own photo may increase the processing time.)
  4. Upload your Proof of Residency documentation.
    1. Click “Check State Residency Status” to obtain your Driver’s License or Florida State ID from FLHSMV.
    2. OR click “Supply My Own” to supply your own proof of residency document.
    3. Review all data to make sure it is accurate. Then click “Apply.
  5. Electronically sign your application and click ‘Submit My Card Application.
  6. Pay the application fee.
  7. Click “Print for your Records” to print the payment confirmation for your records.
  8. The entire application review process takes a total of 10 business days from the date of submission. Once the application is approved, you will receive an electronic temporary card to use while the physical official card is printed. The official card will be mailed to you within five business days.