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FAQ: Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program 2021

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program

The use of medical marijuana was legalized in the state of Florida on November 8, 2016. The Office of Medical Marijuana Use which was established by the state Department of Health is responsible for overseeing the program.

Who Can Recommend Medical Marijuana in Florida?

Under Florida law, a physician must have an active, unrestricted license as a physician under Chapter 458, F.S., or an osteopathic physician under Chapter 459, F.S. Additionally, a physician employed as a medical director by a dispensing organization may not order low-THC cannabis or medical marijuana for patients.

Physicians are also required to complete a two-hour registry course and examination. The course and examination are provided by the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.

The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use provides a list of registered physicians who have completed the required training and are certified to prescribe the use of medical marijuana.

Who is Eligible for Medical Marijuana in Florida?

To be recommended medical marijuana in the state of Florida, a patient must be at least 18 years of age and be either a permanent or seasonal resident of the state. The patient must also suffer from and be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions.