A Florida licensed medical physician[1] or osteopathic physician[2] must hold an active, unrestricted physician license, completed a medical marijuana course and examination required by the Department, treated the patient (in person, physical examinations) for at least three months immediately before the patient’s registration (qualified patient), obtained voluntary written informed consent from the patient for the treatment, determined the risks of medical marijuana to be reasonable; and registered as the physician ordering the low-THC cannabis or medical marijuana for a 45-day supply.  Further, the physician must submit the qualified patient’s treatment plan quarterly to the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, and cannot be a medical director employed by a medical marijuana dispensing organization.  There are additional timely reporting requirements for each physician prescribing medical marijuana.  Physicians who violate the prescribing practices shall be subject to licensure disciplinary actions as well as criminal penalties.[3]

[1] Chapter 458, Fla. Stat.

[2] Chapter 459, Fla. Stat.

[3] § 381.986(3) and (4), Fla. Stat.