Tomorrow is here, and it bears a green future. A green future of vitality and health. One of the most recent medical revolutions in Florida has most undoubtedly been the legalization of medical marijuana. Though surrounded in controversy, the benefits of medicinal cannabis is irrefutable.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, within the marijuana plant there are two main components of which have been seen to exhibit a multitude of medical applications: THC and CBD. Currently, the substances have been seen in studies to reduce the spread and growth of cancer cells, increasing appetite, reducing nausea, relieving seizures and inflammation, and even more.
But the question remains, what process must you undergo in order to obtain one of the cards that allow you to purchase medicinal marijuana? It is a process that many wish to undergo, however do not know where to start. Here are some simple steps to get you on your way to obtain the Florida Marijuana Card:
The first step in this process is to Find a Doctor or Physician to Diagnose You. In order to acquire your medical marijuana card, you are legally required to have a physician diagnose you with a qualifying symptom or disease, as well as be able to prescribe you with THC as treatment.
The second is to Consult your Physician. This may seem an innocuous step, however it is vitally important to legally obtain your card. This consultation will discuss your medical history, dosage options, and treatment plans. This step will determine if you have a qualifying condition in order to be prescribed THC. The qualifying conditions in order to be prescribed THC or other medical cannabis product, according to the Florida Medical Cannabis Clinic, include: Cancer, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV+, AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinsons’ Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic nonmalignant pain, Terminal Illness, or another disease comparable or as severe as the listed. This is quite a mouthful, but it is all the more important to clarify with your physician that you have a qualifying condition.
Once you’ve received your doctor’s approval for the medicinal card, as well as the doctor’s Patient ID number, you can now Make an Online Application for your medical marijuana card! As of 2019, the online application fee is $75, according to the Miami New Times. The application is pretty straightforward, and will take about five days in order to process (business days, of course).
And Bob’s your uncle! Once you receive your card in the mail, you will have approval in order to proceed into any local dispensary of your choice, with ID and card of course, and purchase your dosage of THC.
Here are some companies and websites to follow for more information on medical marijuana and medical marijuana cards: