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What are the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana in Florida?

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What are the qualifying medical conditions that make a person eligible for medical marijuana in Florida?

Currently there are 12 medical conditions specifically defined in the Florida medical marijuana initiative, but the Florida marijuana law also states that any medical condition in which the medical marijuana doctor believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient may be used as criteria when certifying a patient for the Florida medical marijuana program. The medical conditions specifically defined in Florida's medical marijuana law are:
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Seizures
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Any other medical condition that the doctor approves

If your medical condition is not on the list of medical conditions explicitly stated and you're not sure if your medical condition qualifies you for medical cannabis then contact a marijuana doctor to see if your medical condition is eligible.

In general, any medical condition that may require pain medication is considered, as medical marijuana is considered an alternative treatment to prescription pain medications.


Can other medical conditions be added to the list of qualifying medical conditions for the Florida medical marijuana program?

Yes, the Florida marijuana law states that any medical condition that the medical marijuana doctor thinks will benefit from the use of medical marijuana may be used as criteria for obtaining a medical marijuana card in Florida. Mostly medical conditions that may require pain medication are considered.

If I have one of the qualifying medical conditions am I automatically certified for Florida's medical marijuana program?

No. Before a patient can be enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program the patient must be evaluated by a physician who is licensed and certified by Florida's Department of Health as a medical marijuana doctor. Once the doctor has evaluated the patient and believes that the patient will benefit from medical marijuana the doctor will issue a certificate that authorizes the patient to be enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program.

Is medical marijuana considered a prescription?

No. Prescription drugs are regulated by the federal government, and since marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law medical marijuana prescriptions are not allowed. As a result medical marijuana is considered as a "recommendation" instead of a prescription. A medical marijuana doctor cannot prescribe marijuana, they can only recommend an amount of medical marijuana that a patient should use. These "recommendations" are then followed by marijuana growers and dispensaries who will not sell more marijuana to a patient than what is recommended by the patient's medical marijuana doctor.

Why can a marijuana doctor "recommend" but not "prescribe" medical marijuana?

A marijuana doctor cannot prescribe marijuana because prescription drugs are regulated by the federal government, and since marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law medical marijuana "prescriptions" are not allowed. The reason that marijuana doctors are allowed to "recommend" instead of "prescribe" is because a recommendation is considered as freedom of speech and is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.



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