This is a question that many of our patients have, and we wanted to address it here for all of them. It is important that you know your rights and responsibilities as a driver, medical cannabis patient, and citizen.
It should have been stressed when you first got your medical marijuana card that you should keep it on you at all times. Law enforcement doesn’t have access to the MMU to determine if you are an active patient or if you have seen your doctor as required.
Local, county, and Florida state police have no access to this information while on the road, even though the department may be able to acquire it through other channels. Because they can’t verify your patient status, they are going to consider it a violation if you can’t present your card.
However, that doesn’t mean that you have to pay the ticket. Why? Because if you can show a valid medical card showing that you were an active patient on the date of the alleged violation, you could get out of it completely, although you may be required to pay court costs. Most jurisdictions will allow you to provide proof of your MMJ certification prior to your court date to avoid those fees.
Of course, if you have to resort to these measures because you didn’t have your card on you at the time you were pulled over, it is a waste of your time, energy, and money, as well as being just an overall hassle. It is best to keep your Florida medical cannabis card in your wallet so that you know you always have it, wherever you may be.