Florida Medical Marijuana Exams

Medical Marijuana Doctors in Florida

As of November 8th, 2016, medical marijuana initiatives have been passed in the state of Florida. For years, various states in America have been fighting for the legal use of marijuana to treat debilitating diseases or conditions as determined by a licensed state physician. While other states, such as Colorado and California, have been embracing this medical practice since 2012, it is not until now that the treatment option has become available to Florida residents.

Amendment 2 on the ballot qualified patients diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition the lawful ability to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes, where the patient has been certified by a licensed Florida marijuana doctor.

The overwhelming support for this new avenue of healing utilizing natural resources was evident in Florida’s huge voter turnout.  At least 70 percent of the overall votes went towards legalizing the medical marijuana, surpassing the 60 percent that was needed.

Twenty-nine states across the United States will now permit the medical use of marijuana as of November 8th, 2016. At Fox Medical Centers, we stand behind the enthusiasm for this new treatment option that has the potential to dramatically increase the quality of life of many of our patients who are living with a debilitating medical condition.

How To Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in Florida

In order to become a patient who is eligible to receive medical marijuana treatment in Florida, there is certain criteria you must follow. We have listed them below in order to provide a better understanding to our patients at Fox Medical Centers.

  1. You must be a Florida Resident with a valid Florida I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Florida I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  2. Patients, or their legal guardian, are required to provide the physician with written informed consent.
  3. All patients will be required to register with the Department of Health, details will be provided once the Florida Medical Marijuana Program has been implemented by the DOH. *Please note: It will take several months for the DOH to prepare the FMMP for operation, however, patients may begin the process by establishing a bonafide doctor-patient relationship with a licensed marijuana doctor now, tin efforts to allow the patient early access to the medicine once it comes available.
  4. Florida Department of Health — details coming soon

Ailments That Qualify For Medical Marijuana in Florida

Legalizing this new avenue of treatment can be incredibly beneficial to patients who may have given up on the effectiveness of prescription drugs or prefer to opt for more natural remedies. At Fox Medical Centers, we have treated patients with many different diseases, ailments, and conditions throughout the years.

According to the law, as per Amendment 2, patients in Florida diagnosed with one of the following “debilitating medical conditions”, are afforded legal protection under the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Or any other ailment/condition of the same type/class as or comparable to those enumerated, as determined by a physician’s opinion that the medical use of marijuana would surpass any potential health risks.

Low-THC Medical Cannabis in Florida

Although the pass of Amendment 2 is a new development in Florida, the doors were opened back in 2014 when Governor Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (Senate Bill 1030). This allowed licensed Florida physicians to order low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis oil, for patients who meet the State’s requirements.

This method is still an option for patients with terminal conditions that are defined as “a progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, and is not considered by the treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available treatment options currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis, if the condition runs its normal course”.

Those described individuals are legally permitted to obtain and consume low-THC cannabis, as per the State’s stipulations, in Section 381.986, Florida Statutes, as amended by Chapter 2016-123, Laws of Florida.

How To Become A Low-THC Medical Cannabis Patient in Florida

As is the case with patients seeking treatment through Amendment 2, patients seeking low-THC medical cannabis treatment in Florida must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be a Florida Resident with a valid Florida I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Florida I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  2. Patients, or their legal guardian, are required to provide the physician with written informed consent.
  3. All patients will be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry, by the ordering physician, who MUST enter the patient’s order, for low-THC cannabis. *Please note: The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 does NOT permit the possession, use of administration of medical cannabis, by means of smoking. Additionally patients are strictly prohibited from transferring medical cannabis to any other person, other than to the qualified patient, for whom it was dispensed.
  4. Florida Department of Health — details coming soon

What Ailments Qualify For Low-THC Medical Cannabis in Florida

To determine whether a patient is suitable to receive low-THC treatment in Florida, the patient had to either suffer from:

  • Cancer, or any other physical condition that produces chronic symptoms of severe seizures and muscle spasms
  • Symptoms of cancer, or any other physical condition that produces chronic symptoms of severe seizures and muscle spasms

Legal Medical Cannabis

Fox Medical Center is committed to treating our patients to the best of our abilities and constantly embraces the development of new treatment options in the medical world. We are excited to now have the opportunity to offer a treatment option that may revolutionize the way we handle ailments in the United States, and are prepared to begin offering this avenue to our patients immediately.

Our center is growing along with the rest of the nation. To learn more about medical marijuana and to determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment option, contact one of our Fox Medical Centers near you to schedule an appointment now!

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