medial marijuana

Florida Doctors

Amendment 2 is Florida’s medical marijuana law, which was approved by 71% of Florida voters on November 8, 2016.

It added a new section to Florida’s state Constitution,[1] entitled “Medical marijuana production, possession and use.” Amendment 2 protects qualifying patients, caregivers, physicians, and medical marijuana dispensaries and their staff from criminal prosecutions or civil sanctions under Florida law (but not under federal law). *

  • Authorizing the establishment of five dispensing organizations to ensure reasonable statewide accessibility and availability necessary for patients registered in the compassionate use registry. These five dispensaries are to be located in the Northeast, Northwest, Central, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the state.

  • Creating a network of state universities and medical centers to enhance access to investigational new drugs for Florida patients through approved clinical treatment plans or studies.

  • Establishing a secure, electronic, and online compassionate use registry for the registration of physicians and patients that will also be accessible to law enforcement.

Amendement 2 Qualifying Conditions

Florida Department of Health

Amendment 2 also includes the following conditions
* Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) * Cancer *Crohn's disease * Epilepsy * Glaucoma * HIV/AIDS * Seizures * Chronic muscle spasms * Multiple sclerosis * Parkinson’s disease * post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) * or any other ailment/condition of the same severity/symptoms, when determined by a physician's opinion that the medical use of marijuana would surpass any potential health risks

Qualifying Conditions

A physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms that can be treated with low-THC cannabis, or .

Qualifying Conditions

Symptoms of cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms that can be alleviated with low-THC cannabis..

Cannabis Physicians

Physicians licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 may order low-THC cannabis for qualified patients if no other satisfactory alternative treatment options exist for that patient and requires that all conditions listed must apply.


Florida Cannabis Qualifying Standards

The patient is a permanent resident of the state Florida.

The physician determines that the risks of ordering hig or low-THC cannabis are reasonable in light of the potential benefit for that patient.

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Ft. Laurderdal, Fl

The patient must be a permanent Florida resident.

Orlando, FL

If a patient is under the age of 18, a second physician must agree with the determination of need for the patient.

Tampa, FL

The ordering physician must determine the risks of using low‐THC cannabis are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.

Naples, FL

The ordering physician must register the patient in the Compassionate Use Registry.

frequently asked questions

Florida Medical Marijuana

1. Which patients are eligible to receive low-THC cannabis derivative products?

The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 allows doctors to order low-THC cannabis derivative products for patients with (1) cancer, (2) epilepsy, or (3) a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms.

Can any doctor in Florida prescribe low‐THC cannabis?

The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 provides that low‐THC cannabis can only be ordered by physicians. The law further states that before ordering low‐THC cannabis for use by a patient, the ordering physician must successfully complete an 8‐hour course offered by either the Florida Medical Association or the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. The physician must successfully pass an examination upon completion of the course.

Who can sell low-THC cannabis derivative product to patients?

Florida has 5 authorized dispensing organizations: Costa Nursery Farms, Alpha Foliage, Knox Nursery, Hackney Nursery, and Chestnut Hill Tree Farm. These Dispensing Organizations, and only these organizations, may operate dispensaries, which sell low-THC cannabis derivative products to qualified patients.

How does purchasing low-THC cannabis work?

A qualified patient must first seek treatment from a qualified physician. If that physician determines that low-THC cannabis is appropriate for that patient, the physician will enter an order into the statewide low-THC registry. That patient will then go to a dispensary operated by one of the state’s five Dispensing Organizations. Dispensary staff will verify the patient’s identity and then fill the corresponding order in the registry. Once it has been filled, the order is cleared by the registry, and the patient will need to receive another physician order to receive additional low-THC cannabis derivative products.