How to buy legal weed in Florida

The state is contemplating recreational marijuana, but, for now, people who want access to legal weed still need to follow these steps.

DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 16: Medical marijuana patient, Teri Robnett, vaporizes cannabinoids from her home to manage cronic fibromyalgia December 16, 2014. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Despite numerous setbacks, Florida legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Now, the state is contemplating legalizing recreational marijuana. But, for now, users still need a card to get access to bud. Here’s the latest on how.

How to get marijuana in Florida

Florida’s medical marijuana bill states that patients need a doctor’s recommendation for a card. However, finding a doctor who is open to cannabis treatment can be exhausting. The process still has a few kinks in it. One group is trying to make it easier.

Doc MJ is the largest physician practice in Florida specializing in medical marijuana recommendations. It doesn’t matter where in the state a patient resides, they can visit and quickly talk to a medical professional about cannabis treatment. All their physicians are board-certified, with established practices, and are approved by the Office of Compassionate Use.

Approval only takes 3 easy steps:

  • Register online through DocMJ’s website
  • Chat with a physician by video during business hours
  • Schedule and complete an in-person physical

Doc MJ will help patients navigate the qualification process. With a HIPAA-compliant e-visit portal, patient care costs are reduced and personal information stays secure. Best of all, Doc MJ’s services are risk-free: patients pay nothing if they don’t receive a recommendation.

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Who qualifies for a medical card?

The following conditions qualify for medical marijuana in Florida:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD
  • ALS
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Any “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class or comparable to those enumerated,” including any terminal conditions

What if I don’t have any of those conditions?

A wide range of conditions can be considered debilitating if symptoms are severe and chronic. Only a qualified medical professional can tell someone if they meet eligibility for Florida’s Medical Cannabis Card. They can also help patients learn which form of medicine is best for their needs: CBD, THC, or a whole-plant profile. Medical patients have a 90-day mandatory waiting period for approval.