The general process of applying for and obtaining medical cannabis in Florida has actually stayed more or
less the same since the state began its program back in 2017. As a valid resident with verification of
residency, the process for how to get a medical marijuana card in Florida is a follows:
Get your medical records and make an appointment with a doctor
The first step in getting a Florida medical marijuana card is to obtain your medical records and receive
a signed physician’s statement from a doctor. The doctor has to have a medical marijuana license in
Florida, and must be registered in the state’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry. (Check here for an
updated list of Florida medical marijuana doctors).
Additionally, you must be a patient of the ordering doctor for at least three monthsprior receiving an
MMJ recommendation. Also please note that in order to get a medical cannabis card in Florida, you MUST
be a resident of the state. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example a Florida I.D,
passport, or another form of photo identification.
Go to your MMJ Doctor Consultation
Once you have found a qualified physician in the state, sent your complete medical history to their
office, and made an appointment for an MMJ consultation, the physician will then enter your name and
information into the Florida Marijuana Use Registry (aka the Compassionate Care Registry), which is run
by the Department of Health. You will not be able to apply for your FL MMJ card until you are
in the Registry.
Complete and submit your application online
Once your doctor has approved you for medical marijuana use and you are in the registry, you can
submit a completed application to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (or you can have the
office submit it on your behalf).
Submitting the application is by far the longest part of the process – in some instances,
upwards of two months for the DOH to review your application and issue you your MMJ
even if all of
your paperwork is in order.
What are the Florida Medical Cannabis Card Costs?
When applying for a medical marijuana card in Florida (also called a “Compassionate Use Registry
Card), applicants have two fees to pay:
The initial fee to meet with the qualified physician (cost varies depending on location)
2. The registration fee for the application itself, which is $75
Also, full-face, passport-type color photographs are required, so this may be an additional
small cost. The cost to meet with a qualified physician can vary,