A Florida resident, who is a qualified patient or caregiver may use medical marijuana in compliance with specific Florida law. See § 381.986, Florida Statutes.
The qualified patient shall have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition in order to obtain medical marijuana: cancer; epilepsy; glaucoma; positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Crohn’s disease; Parkinson’s disease; multiple sclerosis; or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient, and has a physician certification and a valid qualifying patient identification card. See Florida Constitution Article X, Section 29 (b) (1) and (10).
A qualified caregiver shall be at least twenty-one years old, has agreed to assist the qualified patient’s use of medical marijuana, and is qualified for and has obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Florida Department of Health (Department). See Florida Constitution Article X, Section 29 (b) (7).
A Florida licensed medical physician (Chapter 458, Florida Statutes) or osteopathic physician (Chapter 459, Florida Statutes) 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. See § 381.986, Fla. Stat