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  • Patients new to Leafwell must see a healthcare provider in person. Our next event:
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    Existing Leafwell patients can renew their medical cards online — log in here.


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How to Get a Medical Card in Florida

  1. 1

    Schedule an Appointment

    It’s quick and easy! Plus, your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art, HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform.

    If you’re new to Leafwell, you can get certified for medical cannabis during one of our pop-up events happening throughout the state. The next event is on October 7, 2023, in Miami Beach.

  2. 2

    Discuss Medical Marijuana with Your Healthcare Provider

    Speak with your healthcare provider about your qualifying medical condition, medical history, and why medical marijuana may be a good option. Feel free to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have.

    If approved, your provider will submit your information electronically to the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) Registry, where you can apply for your identification card.

    The appointment fee is $125. You’ll get your money back if you’re not approved.

  3. 3

    Complete the Application with the Office of Medical Marijuana Use

    The easiest way to apply for your Florida medical marijuana card is online. Log on to the OMMU website here: https://knowthefactsmmj.com/.

    Expect the application review process to take 10 business days.

  4. 4

    Get Your Card from the State of Florida

    Once you have been certified and your OMMU application has been approved, you can shop at a dispensary!

Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Florida

Nearly three-quarters of Florida residents voted to legalize medical cannabis after approving Amendment 2, also known as the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative 2016. Before the amendment passed, only low-THC cannabis products were made legal in 2014 for patients diagnosed with one of a small number of qualifying conditions.

Patients certified for medical marijuana use may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of smokable flower from licensed dispensing organizations over 35 days. They may possess up to four ounces of medical marijuana products in total.

Eligibility Requirements

Florida residents — including seasonal residents — at least 18 and diagnosed with at least one qualifying medical condition may be eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card. First, they must register for an in-person consultation with a qualified physician and get approved.

Leafwell will begin offering in-person medical cannabis consultations with our qualified physicians soon. Join our waitlist to be notified when we visit a location near you.

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and step-by-step instructions for the state’s medical cannabis application process, see below.

Can Minors Get a Medical Card in Florida?

Minors can get a Florida medical marijuana card, but the law states that a caregiver must apply on behalf of qualified patients under 18 for them to be eligible for medical marijuana use. Additional requirements and restrictions for minor patients set forth by the Florida Department of Health are:

  • Qualified physicians must determine the use of medical marijuana products outweighs the potential health risks for the patient.
  • A second physician must agree with that determination and document it in the patient’s medical records.
  • Smokable forms of marijuana are not allowed except if the patient has a terminal condition and a physician determines smoking is the most effective route of administration for the patient.
  • Only a caregiver may purchase or administer medical cannabis for the qualified patient.


Caregivers are required for medical cannabis patients under 18, but can also assist other patients unable to care for themselves or make decisions. Patients with terminal illnesses or in hospice care can also have a caregiver to legally purchase and possess medical cannabis on their behalf.

According to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, medical marijuana caregivers in Florida must:

  • Be a Florida resident.
  • Agree in writing to assist with the qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana.
  • Be registered in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry of no more than one qualified patient.
  • Complete a caregiver certification course provided by the Florida Department of Health or its designee.

If a caregiver is not a close relative of the qualified patient they are assisting, they must also pass a background screening.

When applying to become a caregiver, applicants must provide the following:

  • A completed caregiver application.
  • A copy of the caregiver’s proof of residency.
  • A $75 check or money order to cover the application fee payable to the Florida Department of Health.
  • A 2×2-inch photograph taken within 90 days. The photo must be passport style, in color, and show the caregiver’s full face.

Note: Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification cards expire after one year and must be renewed 45 days before expiration.

Medical Conditions

In Florida, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation:

Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for an FL MMJ card:

  • A copy of the medical marijuana recommendation from your healthcare provider.
  • Proof of identity and state residency (if applying via a paper application).
    • The registry is connected to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ demographic database for online applications. If there is a match to the information on your profile, your state residency status can be automatically added to your application and approved.
    • Forpaper applications, or if there is no match in the FLHSMV system for state residency status, applicants must provide the following proof of Florida residency:
      • Permanent adult Florida residents must submit a copy of a valid Florida driver’s license or ID card.
      • Seasonal Florida residents without a valid Florida driver’s license or Florida ID card must submit a copy of two of the following documents:
        • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or residential rental or lease agreement.
        • One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian, or another person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident lives stating that the seasonal resident does live with them.
        • A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days of registration in the medical use registry.
        • A utility bill up to two months old.
        • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements up to two months old.
        • Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency up to two months old.
      • Minor patients must submit a certified copy of a birth certificate or a current registration record from a Florida K-12 school and a copy of the minor patient’s parent or legal guardian’s valid Florida driver’s license or identification card.
    • Patient Signature.
      • For online applications, electronically sign your application once your photo and proof of residency have been uploaded. Type your first and last name exactly as it appears on your application in the appropriate boxes. Then click “Submit My Card Application.”
      • For paper applications, print and sign your name exactly as it appears on your application in the appropriate boxes on the final page of the application.


Online consultations with one of Leafwell’s Florida healthcare providers are $125 for both new and renewal MMJ certifications. You’ll get your money back if you’re not approved.

It’s important to note that most insurance plans and Medicare and Medicaid programs do not cover appointments for medical marijuana.

The state charges a nonrefundable $75 application fee and a $2.75 processing fee for medical marijuana registry ID cards.

We recommend renewing your medical card at least 30 days before it expires to continue purchasing marijuana products without disruption.

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Florida does not currently accept out-of-state medical cannabis cardholders to purchase marijuana products. However, seasonal residents who temporarily reside in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days every year may still be eligible to become medical marijuana patients in the state.

That said, several other states recognize a Florida 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.

Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in Florida

Qualified patients may only purchase medical marijuana products from licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs). For a complete list of Florida MMTCs — and to find the licensed medical marijuana treatment center nearest you — consult the Office of Medical Marijuana Use search tool.


Home cultivation of cannabis is not permitted for medical marijuana patients under Florida law.

Florida Medical Marijuana Laws to Know

Below are a few need-to-know medical marijuana laws enforced in Florida. Check out our Florida law page for more in-depth coverage of Florida statutes and laws.

  • Patients can not consume cannabis in public places or on public transportation.
  • Patients cannot consume medical marijuana in motor vehicles or be under the influence of cannabis while driving motor vehicles.
  • Patients cannot cultivate cannabis plants.

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Frequently Asked Questions in Florida

How much does a Florida medical marijuana certificate and card cost?

Please note: We can only certify renewing Florida patients previously approved by a Leafwell physician at this time.

An online renewal consultation for existing Leafwell patients in Florida costs $125. Patients must also pay a separate $75 application fee (+ $2.75 processing fee) with their state application to the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

Here’s an overview of the fees:

  • $125 Renewal certificate from Leafwell
  • $75 State application fee*
    (+ $2.75 processing fee)

The consultation fee includes a 30-week certification, and you’ll only be charged if approved.

*State fees are not included with Leafwell fees and are paid directly to the state.

What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?

In Florida, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Florida online?

You can get certified for medical marijuana online with Leafwell in Florida if you are a renewing patient previously approved by a Leafwell physician.

In general, you will need to:

  1. Schedule a renewal appointment with a Florida-licensed physician.
  2. Register with the Florida MMJ Program.
  3. Wait for your medical marijuana card.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida. Caregivers must be 21 years of age.

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

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Florida can have a caregiver. Caregivers will complete their own application form and must also be listed on the patient’s application form. Caregivers and patients must renew their physician’s recommendation/certification 45 days prior to the card expiration date.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Be a Florida resident and 21 years of age or older.
  • Not be a qualified physician.
  • Not be employed by or have economic interest in a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) or a Certified Marijuana Testing Laboratory (CMTL).
  • Successfully complete the caregiver certification course within the Medical Marijuana Use Registry every 2 years.
  • Pass a background screening, unless the patient is a close relative of the caregiver.
    • After June 12, 2023, all NON-CLOSE RELATIVES applying for a caregiver Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) identification card must complete a level 2 background screening. More information can be found here.
  • Be registered to no more than one qualified patient, unless:
    • The caregiver is a parent or legal guardian of more than one minor who is a qualified patient.
    • The caregiver is a parent or legal guardian of more than one adult who is a qualified patient and who has an intellectual or developmental disability that prevents the patient from being able to protect or care for himself or herself without assistance or supervision.
    • All qualified patients the caregiver has agreed to assist are admitted to a hospice program and have requested the assistance of that caregiver with the medical use of marijuana; the caregiver is an employee of the hospice; and the caregiver provides personal care or other services directly to clients of the hospice in the scope of that employment.
    • All qualified patients the caregiver has agreed to assist are participating in a research program in a teaching nursing home pursuant to s. 1004.4351, Florida Statutes.

Here’s how to apply as a caregiver:

  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.
  3. Supply all necessary documentation and submit your payment information for the $75 processing fee, plus a $2.75 convenience fee.
  4. Once your application is approved, you will be sent a Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID card. You can check the status of your application while it is under review.

State Resources:

Please note: at the moment, we can only renew existing medical marijuana patients previously approved with Leafwell via telehealth and not process initial applications.

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 https://mmuregistry.flhealth.gov/.
    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.