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FAQs & Help Center

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We receive many different questions about our practice and qualifying patients. Below you will find the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Should there be a question that you have that is not listed, feel free to email us at and we will be in touch.

What conditions qualify me for the Florida Medical Marijuana Program?

Qualifying conditions are specified within the state Constitution are as follows:

  • Cancer.

  • Epilepsy.

  • Glaucoma.

  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus.

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  • Crohn’s disease.

  • Parkinson’s disease.

  • Multiple sclerosis.

  • A Terminal Condition

  • Chronic Pain*

  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated

*Chronic pain may only be a qualifying condition if the patient has another qualifying condition.

Am I allowed to smoke medical marijuana?

Florida allows for access to “whole flower” medicine which includes the ability to smoke Medical Cannabis. The state has added requirements, which include additions to the informed consent and a physical discussion with the Doctor as to the hazards of smoking. The state also is asking if other routes have been attempted, and how effective they have been. This may require a short period of time where the other routes are advised initially and the “smokable” option added later.

Can I grow medical marijuana if I have a legal order from a doctor?

No. There are no current provisions in Florida law that allow for personal growing of marijuana, even for qualified patients.

Do I have to be a resident of Florida to receive treatment?

No. The state does have specific residency requirements for patients, but the law allows for the certification of “seasonal residents” with debilitating illnesses. As long as you reside within the state of Florida for at least 31 consecutive days each calendar year, you are able to qualify for the program.

How can I become a caregiver or assign one to my care?

Often times, people suffering from chronic and debilitating illnesses require the assistance of another individual for their healthcare needs. With medical cannabis in Florida, patients have the ability to assign a Legal Representative or Caregiver for themselves.

Under the new law, Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age and (with a few exceptions) can only care for one patient at a time.
If a Caregiver is the parent or legal guardian of a minor patient or legal guardian of an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability, or if a patient is a registered Hospice patient, more than one Caregiver may be assigned to a patient.
Caregivers must also not be a qualified physician or be employed by (or have economic interest in) a medical marijuana treatment center. Caregivers must agree in writing to assist with the qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana, be registered within the Medical Marijuana Use Registry as a caregiver, successfully complete a biannual caregiver certification course, and pass a background check if they’re not a close relative (spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent, child, or grandchild) of the patient.


Currently, the state allows up to two caregivers to be assigned to patients within the Registry. Caregivers must apply and be approved for a Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card and must supply proof of Legal Representation status (certified birth certificate for minor children, or power of attorney or health care surrogate documentation.)

How do I get my Florida Medical Marijuana ID card?

The Florida Department of Health has created a system for issuing and renewing Medical Marijuana Registry identification cards for patients and their caregivers. In combination with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, identification cards will further allow patients and caregivers to quickly demonstrate that they are registered in the Compassionate Use Registry.

Florida rule 64-4.011, F.A.C. requires all patients and legal representatives to have a valid Compassionate Use Registry identification card to obtain low-THC cannabis, medical cannabis, or a cannabis delivery device. To apply for a Compassionate Use Registry identification card, a patient must:

  1. Be a Florida resident (Full or part time)

  2. Be a qualified patient in the Compassionate Use Registry,

  3. Submit a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use


Patients and caregivers may apply for a Compassionate Use Registry identification card electronically on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, or mail a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use. Applicants must have an email address added to their Patient Profile to submit an electronic application.

All applications must be submitted to the Office of Compassionate Use and must include a passport-type color photograph taken within 90 day, and a registration fee of $75.00 + $2.75 processing fee. Compassionate Use Registry identification cards remain active for one year.

Patients who are minors must designate a legal representative on his or her application and in the Compassionate Use Registry. Legal representatives must also submit a completed caregiver application to the Office of Compassionate Use to obtain a Compassionate Use Registry identification card.

Once a card application has been approved, the patient and legal representative will receive temporary verification from the Office of Compassionate Use sent to their email. This verification will allow patients the ability to purchase their first order of medical cannabis. Approximately 30 days after the receipt of payment, the Office of Compassionate Use will mail a hard plastic identification card to the patient and/or Legal Representative (caregiver).

A patient must have an approved card application prior to filling an order at a dispensing organization.

How does the Florida Medical Marijuana program work?

Individuals suffering from chronic and debilitating illnesses are eligible to receive medical cannabis within the state of Florida.

To begin the process, a patient must have an in-person visit with a Florida physician who is qualified to recommend medical marijuana. In order to provide certifications to patients, a doctor must have an active, unrestricted medical license and must complete a course issued by the Florida Medical Association.

Once the physician has examined the patient, he or she can qualify or certify them to be able to purchase medical marijuana. After a patient is certified by a physician, they must complete a medical marijuana ID card application with the Department of Health. When the Department approves the patient’s ID card application. The patient is then legally then able to visit any of the state’s dispensaries or call a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (dispensary) to arrange for delivery.

The law requires patients to be recertified every 210 days. The physician can certify up to a 70-day supply of cannabis and, 35 day supply of flower.

I already have a medical marijuana license in another state. Can't I just get one in Florida?

No, what qualifies you in another state may not qualify you in florida. ome states with a medical program accept out of state medical card, but florida is not one of them.

How can I get my medicine?

The state of Florida allows whole plant cannabis and Cannabis extracts– such as vapor juices, oil suspensions, encapsulations, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and suppositories. Under the law, edibles will be available soon.

Is Medical Marijuana legal in Florida?

Yes. In November 2016, voters overwhelmingly approved the passage of a ballot initiative that amended the state constitution to allow for residents with debilitating illnesses to legally obtain and use medical marijuana.

On June 23, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed SB-8A into law, revising the original Compassionate Use Act (s.381.986) and allowing for the legal expansion of the state’s existing medical marijuana program to conform to the new stipulations set fourth by Amendment 2.

What are acceptable forms of Florida residency proof?

When applying for a medical marijuana patient ID card, an adult resident must provide a copy of his or her valid Florida driver’s license or a copy of a valid Florida identification card.

For patients under the age of 18, the parent or legal guardian must provide the Department with a certified copy of a birth certificate or a current record of registration from a Florida K-12 school. Additionally, the parent or legal guardian must have a valid Florida driver’s license or Florida identification card.

Patients that qualify as seasonal, must provide two of the following Documents dated within 60 days of the application date to prove their legal residency status:

  1. A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, residential rental or lease agreement.

  2. One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.

  3. A utility hookup or work order.

  4. A utility bill.

  5. Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements.

  6. Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency.

  7. Any other documentation that provides proof of residential address as determined by department rule.

What can cause me to lose my medical marijuana recommendation?

While the doctor may revoke a patient’s certification for cannabis at any point. The Department of Health may suspend or revoke the registration of a qualified patient or caregiver if the qualified patient or caregiver:

  1. Provides misleading, incorrect, false,or fraudulent information to the department;

  2. Obtains a supply of marijuana in an amount greater than the amount authorized by the physician certification;

  3. Falsifies, alters, or otherwise modifies an identification card;

  4. Fails to timely notify the department of any changes to his or her qualified patient status

  5. Violates the requirements of this section or any rule adopted under this section

Additionally, the Department of Health has the legal authority to do the following:

  1. The department shall immediately suspend the registration of a qualified patient charged with a violation of chapter 893 until final disposition of any alleged offense. Thereafter, the department may extend the suspension, revoke the registration, or reinstate the registration.

  2. The department shall immediately suspend the registration of any caregiver charged with a violation of chapter 893 until final disposition of any alleged offense. The department shall deny a caregiver application, if the caregiver does not meet the stipulated requirements.

  3. The department may revoke the registration of a qualified patient or caregiver who cultivates marijuana or who acquires, possesses, or delivers marijuana from any person, or  entity other than a medical marijuana treatment center.

  4. The department shall revoke the registration of a qualified patient, and the patient’s associated caregiver, upon notification that the patient no longer meets the criteria of a qualified patient.

What if I am not suffering from a Qualifying Condition?

While ten different debilitating conditions are recognized within the law, the state Constitution and the established law allows physicians the authority to certify patients who are suffering from “medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed for which the physician believes the benefits to the patient would outweigh the risk.

Because cannabis has had no instances of fatality, has a small and predictable side effect profile, has very few drug interactions, and has shown promise in the treatment for many different ailments, it is easy for the physician to certify a course of cannabis treatment for a wide variety of illnesses upon examination of the patient and review of the patient’s medical history.


For each medical condition of the same kind or class or as comparable to, the qualifying physician must send to the following their respective board:

1. Documentation supporting the qualified physician’s opinion that the medical condition is of the same kind or class as the conditions listed.

2. Documentation that establishes the efficacy of marijuana as treatment for the condition.

3. Documentation supporting the qualified physician’s opinion that the benefits of medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for the patient.

4. Any other documentation as required by board rule.

What is the history of Florida's Medical Marijuana program?

In 2014, the Florida Legislature passed the Compassionate Use Act which was the first legal medical cannabis program in the state’s history. The original Compassionate Use Act only allowed for low-THC cannabis (Charlotte’s Web strain) to be dispensed and purchased by patients suffering from cancer and epilepsy.

In 2016, the Legislature passed the Right To Try act which allowed for full potency cannabis to be dispensed to patients suffering from a diagnosed terminal condition. Also in 2016, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative was introduced by citizen referendum and passed with a 71.3% majority on November 8. This language amended the state constitution and mandated an expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program.

On June 9, 2017, the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate passed respective legislation to implement the expanded program by replacing large portions of the existing Compassionate Use Act, which officially became law on June 23, 2017.

Where can I find out more about the price & availability of Medical Marijuana in Florida?

Each MMTC (Dispensary) has its own unique product line and pricing structure. Additionally, each Dispensary offers its own discounts and promotions. We advise patients to contact each of the Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers to obtain pricing and availability information. Contact information can be found below:

CuraLeaf 1-877-303-0741 - Delivery Available

Fluent 833-735-8368 Delivery Available

GrowHealthy 800-619-5288 Delivery Available

MüV 833-880-5420 Delivery Available

Rise 813-467-7990

Surterra Wellness 1-850-391-5455 Delivery Available

Trulieve 1-844-878-5438 Delivery Available

Vidacann 239-221-3173 Delivery Available

Where is the closest Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinic or Dispensary?

Currently in Florida, there is a vertical integration system in place. This means that the state will grant one license to an organization that allows them to cultivate, process, and dispense cannabis to patients.

Florida has 20 Operating dispensing organizations:

  • Ayr

  • Cannabist

  • Cookies

  • Curaleaf

  • Fluent

  • Gold Flower Cannabis

  • Green Dragon

  • GrowHealthy

  • House of platinum

  • Insa

  • Jungle Boys

  • MüV

  • Rise

  • Sanctuary Cannabis

  • Sunburn

  • Sunnyside

  • Surterra Wellness

  • The Flower

  • Trulieve

  • Vidacann

Clinical Policy: Can I provide you with my existing medical records?

Yes, in fact we highly recommend you provide us with as much health information from the past 12 months from your primary care physician and/or specialists that you can. We don’t need labs or diagnostic results, only charted records of your diagnosis.

You can bring these records with you during your initial appointment, or we’ll have you fill out a medical records release when you come in for your appointment that we will fax to your other doctors. Please do not have records sent prior to your first visit with us.

Clinical Policy: Do you accept insurance?

Because cannabis is still prohibited at a Federal level, we are unable to accept medical insurance.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and, cash.

Clinical Policy: How can I schedule an appointment with Compassionate Cannabis Clinic of Ft. Myers?

You can call our office during normal business hours at 239-208-6676.

Clinical Policy: How much are visits?

Initial Certification: $200


Recertification Visits

Recertification visits, which are required Every 7 months, cost $165.

For all visits, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash.

Educational Visit: $100

Clinical Policy: How often do I need to see the doctor?

Under Florida law, patients must be seen for an in-person examination at minimum of once every every 30 weeks. Your initial appointment at a cost of $200 with the doctor begins the 30 week (7 month) timer.

You’ll return for a recertification appointment roughly about 180 days from the initial appointment. The cost of recertification visits is $165, payable by cash or charge.

After your first recertification visit, provided you’re comfortable with your current Regiment and aren’t undergoing active symptomology of your debilitating condition, we will schedule you for regular recertification visits each 180 days.

Clinical Policy: What can I expect at my first appointment?

For your initial certification appointment, you should arrive 10-15 minutes early. If you haven’t  read, and completed your Patient Forms or completed our Online Intake, you’ll need to arrive at least an 15 min early.

Please also note that free parking is available behind and around our clinic.

Since there is more involved in an initial appointment with our clinic, please allow for 45 minutes to an hour. 

When you arrive, we’ll check your paperwork to ensure it’s filled out completely and everything is in order. If you see another doctor for your condition, we’ll have you complete a medical records form so we can send off for information documenting your condition. Then we’ll accept your payment (our services must be paid prior to them being rendered).

From there, you’ll be taken in to the exam room and your vitals will be checked. The doctor will then perform a full physical examination and develop a treatment plan based upon the exam and your health history. Once your exam is complete, we’ll schedule a recertification appointment before you leave if we qualify you under the Florida law.

Clinical Policy: What happens if I have to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

Due to the fact we have a high volume of patients who are waiting to be seen, should you need to cancel or reschedule your initial appointment, please give us a call at (239) 208-6676

Clinical Policy: What is your refund policy?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for services already rendered.

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