Know The Responsibilities of Your Physician:
- Treat a patient for at least 3 months before ordering low-THC or medical cannabis
- Obtain voluntary, written, informed consent from the patient or the patient’s legal guardian
- Submit a patient treatment plan to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy every quarter or if the plan changes
- Enter an order for the named patient into the Compassionate Use Registry and update the registry within 7 days of any change
- Order no more than a 45-day supply for each patient
A Qualified Patient Must:
- Be diagnosed with a qualifying condition
- Be a Florida resident
- Be a patient of an ordering physician for at least 3 months
LOW-THC CANNABIS: Non-euphoric with 0.8%or less THC
- Chronic seizures
- Chronic muscle spasms
MEDICAL CANNABIS: Full-potency with full THC strength
- Terminal conditions
- 2 physicians must certify that the patient’s condition is terminal within 1 year
HOW IT WORKS:
- A physician diagnoses a patient with a qualifying condition for low-THC or medical cannabis.If the patient is younger than 18 or terminal, a second physician must concur and this determination must be reflected in the patient’s medical records
- The physician treats the patient for 3 months, and obtains voluntary, written, informed consent.
- The physician submits a treatment plan to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy each quarter or if the plan changes.
- The physician enters the order into the Compassionate Use Registry.
- The patient may fill the order at any dispensary operated by 1 of the 6 approved dispensing organizations.
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Florida law has several requirements for patients to be eligible to receive low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis. A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition. A patient must be a Florida resident. If under the age of 18, a patient must have a second physician agree to the use of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis in order to obtain an order from a qualified physician. A patient must have tried other treatments without success. An ordering physician must determine the risks of using low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient. A patient must be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry by their ordering physician.
Florida law defines a terminal condition as a “progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available treatment options currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course.”
It is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow Florida constitution and statute, diagnose patients and determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment. Florida law has several requirements for patients to be eligible: A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition. A patient must be a Florida resident. If under the age of 18, a patient must have a second physician agree to the use in order to obtain an order from a qualified physician. A patient must have tried other treatments without success. An ordering physician must determine the risks of use are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient. A patient must be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry by their ordering physician. A patient must be receiving treatment from a qualified ordering physician during the immediate preceding 3 months prior to an order being placed. The Department is in the process of developing a patient identification card program. Please check this website for updates.
A patient must first seek treatment from a qualified physician for at least three months immediately preceding their order for medical marijuana. Once the ordering physician inputs the patient’s information and the order information into the Compassionate Use Patient Registry, the patient or the patient’s legal representative will then be able to contact one of the licensed dispensing organizations and fill the order.
No. Florida law only allows the licensed dispensing organizations to grow, process and dispense marijuana. The department will refer any business or individual suspected of violating state law to local law enforcement for investigation. It is important to remember marijuana is illegal under federal law.
Low-THC cannabis means a plant of the genus Cannabis, the dried flowers of which contain 0.8 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol and more than 10 percent of cannabidiol weight for weight; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; or any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant or its seeds or resin that is dispensed only from a dispensing organization. Low-THC cannabis contains very low amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, and typically does not result in the “high” often associated with medical cannabis. Medical cannabis means all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, sale, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin that is dispensed only from a dispensing organization for medical use by an eligible patient as defined in s. 499.0295. Medical cannabis contains significant levels of the cannabinoid THC, and can result in the euphoric “high” sensation.
A cannabis delivery device is an object intended for use or designed for use in preparing, storing, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis into the body.
Qualifying physicians can order no more than a 45-day supply and a cannabis delivery device needed by the patient for the medical use of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis.
Florida rule 64-4.011, F.A.C. requires all patients and legal representatives to have a Compassionate Use Registry identification card to obtain medical cannabis, low-THC cannabis, or a cannabis delivery device from a licensed dispensing organization.
The Department accepts applications from patients and legal representatives. Patients must be entered into the Compassionate Use Registry by a qualified physician to receive a card. Applications may be submitted online through the Compassionate Use Registry, or mailed to the Office of Compassionate Use. All applications must include a full-face, passport-type color photograph taken within 90 day, and a registration fee of $75.
To maintain an active Compassionate Use Registry identification card, a patient and/or legal representative must annually submit a renewal application, along with the application fee and any required accompanying documents to the department forty-five (45) days prior to the card expiration date.