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Frequently Asked Questions

Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida.We must receive records related to your qualifying condition.

How do I become a legal medical marijuana patient in florida?

Will I get "high" from medical marijuana?

How do I purchase medical marijuana in Florida?

Do I have to notify my employer if I am on medical marijuana?

Do I need to be a Florida resident to obtain a Florida medical marijuana card?

How often do I need to be seen by my ordering physician for medical marijuana?

What forms of medical marijuana are available in Florida?

What is the difference between CBD vs THC?

Is marjuana legal in Florida?

What is Medical Marijuana?

Can I carry a concealed weapon and have a Florida medical marijuana card?

Please note that medical marijuana visits are not covered under any insurance and we fully abide by FL state law. Please have a progress note from another physician verifying your diagnosis or medical testing results faxed to us at (772)228-6883.

Legal process to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in FL:

The first step in the process is to see a qualifying physician in person such as Dr. Sikora. During the visit you will read and sign an Informed Consent form, and the doctor will review your health information and examine you. After this examination, the physician will enter your information into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry: https://knowthefactsmmj.com

After the physician enters your information into the registry, the state assigns you a Patient ID Number. You will need this to apply for your required Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card. https://knowthefactsmmj.com/patients/

You will then receive two emails at your primary email address – one will contain your username (which will be your email address), and the other will contain a temporary password you’ll use the first time you login to the Registry in order to complete your application: https://mmuregistry.flhealth.gov/Public/LogIn

The first time you login, you’ll be prompted to change your password. After that, you can complete the Patient Application Online and upload the required documentation (proof of residency and some patients may have to upload a passport-style photo). If your address as entered into the Registry by the Qualifying Physician matches the address on your Florida driver’s license, your photo will be automatically pulled from the Motor Vehicle Picture Database so you won’t have to upload a picture.

As part of the application, you then have to pay a $75 fee directly to the State of Florida. You can do so directly online using your Visa, Mastercard, or Bank information. The card will need to be renewed annually online.

If you do not have access to a computer or email, we will give you a paper application and you can submit it via mail to the state. For paper applications you will also need to submit a full face passport photo with the application.
Within 7-21 days of submitting your completed application and payment, the state will send you a Temporary Verification email, which serves as notice of your legal patient status and you can go to a state approved dispensary. Within 2 weeks of approval, you’ll receive your medical marijuana card in the mail.

Once approved, you can visit any of the dispensaries or call them to arrange courier delivery: https://knowthefactsmmj.com/mmtc/

​Patients and caregivers may inquire about the status of their Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID Cards by calling 800-808-9580 or 850-245-4657 or emailing the state at MedicalMarijuanaUse@flhealth.gov

Do I have to be a resident of Florida to participate?

The state’s medical marijuana program is open to permanent residents and part time residents, but you must live within the state for a minimum of 31 consecutive days per calendar year. Canadians and other foreign nationals are permitted within the program, provided they can meet the state’s part time residency requirements.

How often do I need to be seen by my Qualifying Physician?

s. 381.986, Florida Statutes, requires patients be seen by their physician for an in-person, face-to-face examination at least once each 30 weeks (7 months).

Dr. Sikora usually asks patients to follow up every 4 to 7 months depending on their specific medical issues and need for her medical advice. Patients that need more dosage advice and instructions will need to be seen more frequently.

How do I purchase products?

Once your Qualifying Physician enters your information into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, he or she must “Certify” you within the Registry. Your Qualifying Condition must be provided, as well as the length the Certification is valid (up to 210 days). The physician must then enter “Orders” into the Registry, which require a maximum milligram dose per day and route of delivery (Oral, Inhalation, Suppository, Topical, Smokeable). These orders are valid for 70 days, and the Qualifying Physician may enter up to three 70 day orders per Certification.

When your patient application has been approved (you have recieved notification via email by the Office of Medical Marijuana Use) and your Qualifying Physician has entered a Certification and Orders, you can then go to any of the state’s operating dispensaries or call a dispensary to arrange for delivery. In some cases, online ordering is available.

What products are currently available for Florida patients?

Florida has become the home to the fastest growing medical marijuana program in the United States. Smoking whole flower is now legal with informed consent as well as cannabis oils, tinctures, extracts, concentrates, topical creams, suppositories, vape devices are currently available for purchase by legal patients.

What’s the difference between CBD and THC?

Florida has become the home to the fastest growing medical marijuana program in the United States. Smoking whole flower is now legal with informed consent as well as cannabis oils, tinctures, extracts, concentrates, topical creams, suppositories, vape devices are currently available for purchase by legal patients.

What’s the difference between CBD and THC?

Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis, the plant genus that includes both hemp and marijuana. While there are over 100 different cannabinoids so far identified in cannabis by scientists, CBD and THC are by far the most extensively studied and best understood.

THC and CBD both interact with the body through the endocannabinoid system, a vital signaling system responsible for regulating a wide array of functions, some of which include:

  • Pain
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Immune response

One of the key differences between CBD and THC is that CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical compound in cannabis that is responsible for producing euphoric, “stoned” effects. While THC is most plentiful in marijuana, CBD is present in higher quantities in hemp.

Will I get “high” from the medical marijuana?

CBD products will not make you “high.” They are particularly useful in treating all types of inflammation as well as seizure disorders. CBD actually can reduce the intoxicating feelings caused by THC. We do sell CBD tinctures and creams which are free of impurities, pesticides, fillers, or toxins and are lab tested to ensure safety. You can first try a legal CBD product to see if you get relief and if not, obtain your marijuana card as in the process above.

The use of higher THC products can be especially useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, appetite stimulation, and pain relief. In order to obtain any product with greater than 0.3% THC, you must become a qualified patient through the state.

Dr. Sikora will assist you in finding medical strains that will help your symptoms without causing intoxification. In general, to have no psychoactive effects, she recommends a strain that is CBD dominant and will also work with you to recommend the best ratio of of CBD to THC to treat your symptoms.

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