- Medical Program
Get approved by a doctor, then apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Only medical cannabis is legal in Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 1030 – the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act” – to allow the use of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil produced from the strain of cannabis known as Charlotte’s Web.
Florida Amendment 2 is proposed, but the initiative fails.
House Bill 307 was signed into law by Gov. Scott on March 25, 2016, to expand the state’s ‘Right to Try Act’ to allow terminally ill patients to use cannabis.
The ban on smoking herbal cannabis is deemed unconstitutional.
The ban on smoking cannabis is lifted.
Recreational cannabis is not legal in Florida. There was a legalization initiative proposed for 2022, but this was struck down due to “misleading language”.
The Florida law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
At this time, Leafwell cannot certify patients online in Florida. However, we hope to reopen soon and this will be the process:
At this time, telemedicine is not permitted in Florida. However, we hope this will change soon!
For medical card holders = 4 oz. at any given time.
No possession limit for non-medical users, as recreational cannabis is not legal in FL.
It is illegal to grow cannabis in Florida, even if you have a valid medical marijuana card.
Florida does not recognize medical marijuana cards from other states, and does not have reciprocity.
Yes, a medical marijuana card from Florida is recognized by some other states with a medical marijuana program and reciprocity.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
Medical marijuana use prohibits you from obtaining a weapons permit in Florida, as the federal government considers medical marijuana to be a controlled substance, which is against federal law.
Florida has operational third-party cannabis testing labs, but testing for toxins and contaminants in medical marijuana products remains entirely voluntary. There are no state regulations requiring specific tests, although products are now required to display their THC and CBD results.
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.