How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Miami [2018] — A Comprehensive Guide

How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Miami

Many see medical marijuana cards as the ultimate hall pass to getting stoned, long-term. A person can enter medical dispensaries and obtain cannabis products without question, this allows the person to grow his own plant at home.  

Because most would agree that a medical marijuana card can be abused, especially in the hands of an irresponsible card holder. That’s why certain states — Miami, in particular — have implemented strict prerequisites and requirements to qualify including a recommendation from a licensed physician who can affirm the necessity of you getting a medical marijuana card. In my opinion, that’s good because the state keeps the chances of people who will most likely abuse this privilege from thin to none. However, this process also affects the actual people who are in need of cannabis medication. While it’s still a little too early to celebrate cannabis being acknowledged as a medical cure, it’s currently being recognized be certain institutions as a treatment for the following ailments: 

  • HIV-AIDS 
  • Alzheimer’s  
  • Arthritis 
  • Asthma 
  • Cancer 
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Crohn’s Disease 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Glaucoma 
  • MS – Multiple Sclerosis 

 

And other conditions like:  

  • PTSD (post-traumatic syndrome disorder) 
  • OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) 
  • Oxidative Stress 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Anxiety and Depression 

 

People still see cannabis as an evil substance, a threat instead of a panacea, and while most people condemn the consumption of cannabis as a form of medical treatment, some fight for their rights to a natural and an organic cure. 

Join me today as I write down the steps on how to get a medical marijuana card in the state of Miami, Florida.  

 

Step 1 

The first and initial step to securing a medical marijuana card is to get a hold of your medical records and have a licensed physician sign it when I say “licensed physician” I mean a physician that has a legitimate medical marijuana license in Florida. You must also be seeing the physician for 3 months — as a patient — before requesting for your records to be signed and for you to be endorsed to the program. 

The likelihood of you making it past the first step is slim if the reported condition does not fall under the supported conditions for a patient seeking cannabis treatment. To help you check if the state of Florida encourages the use of cannabis as a form of remedy or therapy, I’ve listed all the current conditions that qualify for medical marijuana 

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) 
  • Anxiety 
  • Anorexia 
  • Arthritis 
  • Back pain 
  • Cachexia (weakness and body loss from chronic illness) 
  • Cancer 
  • Chronic or severe pain 
  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Cyclical vomiting syndrome (recurring nausea, vomiting, migraines, abdominal cramps) 
  • Diabetes 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Hepatitis C 
  • HIV/AIDS 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome 
  • Lyme disease 
  • Migraines 
  • Muscular dystrophy (disease that causes weakness and loss of muscles) 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Seizures 
  • Severe nausea 
  • Sickle cell anemia 
  • Spasticity (disease where certain muscle constantly contract) 

Note: The above conditions are valid as of the time of writing. Any other ailments and disorders that may show, display and exhibit identical symptoms would require a doctor to recommend the use of medical marijuana and should be ruled out as a treatment that could, in fact, be better than any existing means of curing or treating the said condition.  

 

Step 2  

After meeting up with your physician and qualifying for the program, your physician or doctor must register your information with the Marijuana Use Registry. There are usually accompanying fees should you want your physician to submit it for you. If you’re not down for the additional costs, you may have a representative submit it on your behalf.  

 

Step 3  

Once you’ve accomplished your complete application it’s time to file it to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use.  

Here are a few things you should consider when applying for a medical marijuana card.  

  • You must be 18 years of age or above.  
  • You must be a resident of Florida with a valid ID. 
  • You must be diagnosed with the above conditions to qualify. 
  • You must have tried other treatments and must prove or show documents that substantiate the treatments you have tried did not work.  
  • You must register with the Department of Health. 
  • You must submit “Patient – Doctor Statutorily Required-Documentation to the Coalition for Medical Marijuana Research and Education.” 

Costs 

When applying for a medical marijuana card in Florida you’d have to bear in mind that this is a perpetual commitment. Upon the initial application, one would have to pay $75.00 for the registration fee, the costs for Miami medical marijuana card consultation ranges from $100.00 – $300.00. Furthermore, should you be successful in obtaining a medical marijuana card, your recommendation must be renewed every 30 weeks so you’d have to consider an annual cost of $75.00 to renew your recommendation. In Florida, one would have to secure and submit a renewal application along with the renewal fee and submit it as well as any additional requirements set by your doctor or the office at least around forty-five (45) days before the card expires.  

The use of cannabis as a form of treatment is serious business. It’s a legal and legitimate means of cannabis consumption and one would have to understand that there are certain costs levied on the cardholder and that the use of the medical marijuana card is considered as a privilege. Compared to other states, getting a 2018 medical marijuana card in Florida entails more paperwork and processing fees since the medical marijuana is more organized and is arranged better than any other state in the United States.  

In terms of medication, the state of Florida only allows cardholders to purchase medical marijuana products from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries — which they can then use through devices like cannabis vaporizers — and does not allow a person or an individual to grow cannabis in his backyard or basement. The governing office will deem any activity as criminal and illegal. Moreover, you have to be cautious and careful in transporting your medical marijuana since it could lead to severe repercussions as having a medical marijuana card in Miami does not entitle you to cross states with the cannabis product.