In 2016, Florida joined the many states that allow medical marijuana. Like most states that have moved in this direction, Florida came up with their own rules and regulations for how people get their medical marijuana card and subsequent marijuana. One of these requirements is that patients who seek to use medical cannabis must see a marijuana doctor in order to get their card. Here’s what you need to do to prepare for your appointment.
Get Your Medical Records
If you have a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Florida, you must bring medical records with you to your appointment showing the diagnosis and treatment that you have already undergone. You will still have to be examined and diagnosis confirmed by a certified physician for the purpose. You may need to request your medical records up to a month in advance depending on your doctor’s office. If your doctor gives you any trouble about getting your medical records, remind them that HIPAA requires them to give you your records when you request them, and at no charge.
Be Ready to Answer Questions
If you have any personal documentation of your medical condition, even if you have not been previously diagnosed, you should bring this with you to your appointment. Make sure that you can present the certified doctor with your symptoms and evidence of your medical condition so that they can make an accurate diagnosis and issue a marijuana certification if warranted.
You will need some additional documentation to get your medical marijuana card. You will need to prove that you are 18 or older, usually by presenting a government issued identification card. You will also need to bring with you proof of residency, as you need to be a Florida resident or seasonal resident to qualify for a medical marijuana card. After your appointment when you send in your application you will also need to provide a passport style photo of yourself.
If you are interested in trying medical marijuana and need your Florida marijuana card, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.