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Medicinal cannabis

If you have a physician’s recommendation to use cannabis, you can:

  • Buy cannabis products with more THC
  • Buy more cannabis at a time, if needed for your medical condition
  • Possess more cannabis
  • Grow more plants at home, if needed for your medical condition
  • Get a medical marijuana ID card

Even with a physician’s recommendation, you must follow laws about where you can use cannabis.

Eligible medical conditions

Your primary care physician can recommend cannabis to help you manage any of these medical conditions:

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Severe nausea
  • Persistent muscle spasms (for example, spasms caused by multiple sclerosis)
  • Seizures (for example, epileptic seizures)

Your physician can also recommend cannabis to help with chronic or persistent medical symptoms that either:

  • Substantially limit your ability to conduct major life activities
  • May cause serious harm to your safety, physical health or mental health

Medical marijuana ID cards

You can get a medical marijuana ID card with a physician’s recommendation. Medical marijuana ID cards are voluntary. If you have one, your cannabis purchases are exempt from sales and use tax.

Medical marijuana ID cards are valid for up to one year. Both patients and their primary caregiver can get a card.

How to get a medical marijuana ID card

  1. Fill out the application
    Download and complete the medical marijuana ID card application form.
  2. Gather your supporting documents
    When you apply, you’ll need a copy of your medical recommendation, proof of identity (driver’s license or other government-issued ID), proof of residency that shows your name and current address (like a rent or mortgage agreement, utility bill, or California motor vehicle registration)
  3. Make an appointment with your county health department
    You must submit your application in person. Contact the health department for the county you live in for an appointment.
  4. Go to your appointment
    You’ll pay an application fee and have your photo taken for your ID card. Application fees vary by county, but they are not more than $100. If you’re applying as a primary caregiver, the patient will need to come to your appointment with you. If you receive healthcare through Medi-Cal, your application fee is reduced by 50%. If you receive healthcare through a medically-indigent service program, your application fee is waived.
  5. Wait for approval
    It can take up to 35 days for the county health department to issue your medical marijuana ID card.

What to do if your application is denied

You can file an appeal with the California Department of Public Health if your county health department denies your application. There is no fee to appeal.

Who is a primary caregiver

Primary caregivers are responsible for a patient’s everyday needs, such as:

Welcome

The Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) is moving forward with administrative rulemaking to establish an application process to award up to 19 Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) licenses. The OMMU is not accepting applications at this time. The OMMU will publish any application rule and date the OMMU will begin accepting applications in the Florida Administrative Register.

Florida’s Official Source for Responsible Use.

Patients

Medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis are available in Florida for qualified patients. Learn the steps to treatment.

Physicians

The OMMU offers many resources for physicians who are authorized to order low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana in Florida.

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) are the only businesses in Florida authorized to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana.

Working to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

We are the OMMU

Every day, the OMMU works to provide qualified patients, caregivers and physicians the information and resources they need to access Florida’s medical marijuana program.

The OMMU also writes and implements the Department of Health’s rules for medical marijuana; oversees the statewide Medical Marijuana Use Registry; licenses Florida businesses to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients and certifies marijuana testing laboratories to ensure the health and safety of the public as it relates to marijuana.

The Latest from the OMMU

Review the latest information about the Office of Medical Marijuana Use and medical marijuana in Florida in our weekly updates.

Find a Qualified Physician

Find a qualified physician in your area that can properly diagnose and order low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana for you or a loved one.

Find a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center

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