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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Is A Marijuana Delivery Device?


An object used, intended for use, or designed for use in preparing, storing, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body, and which is dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center for medical use by a qualified patient.




How Do I Renew My MMUR ID Card?


To maintain an active medical marijuana use registry ID card, a patient and/or legal representative must annually submit a renewal application, along with the application fee and any required accompanying documents to the department forty-five (45) days prior to the card expiration date. Please see the instructions provided by the OMMU.




What does CS/CS/CS/SB 182 (2019) Mediacal Use of Marijuana change?


Permits smoking as a route of administration for medical marijuana by amending the definition of the term “medical use” in s. 381.986(1)(j), F.S., and provides for a limit on the number of ounces of smokable marijuana a patient may receive and carry at a given time.




Where can I Smoke?


In a private space where smoking and/or vaping are allowed.

Smoking cannabis in public spaces is prohibited by state and local laws.

Sorry, but using cannabis products in or around Cannabis Doctors of Florida locations and medical cannabis dispensaries is prohibited.




Can I Travel With My Cannabis?


Be safe – never drive or operate machinery under the influence of cannabis.

Keep your cannabis in a secure area of your vehicle, out of reach of the driver and passengers.

Cannabis is not allowed to cross state lines.




How do I store my cannabis?


We recommend storing your cannabis in a dark, dry and cool place to keep it fresh.

For safety, always keep your cannabis in a locked and secure location in your home away from children and pets.




Can I Use Medical Marijuana While Pregnant?


A pregnant woman can use low-thc cannabis (CBD) only. They cannot use medical marijuana/products containing THC.




What Is The Difference Between Low-THC Cannabis And Medical Marijuana?


Low-THC cannabis has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis. Includes CBD-only products.

Medical Cannabis can contain sufficient levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC to produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis. Includes THC-only prodcuts and CBD:THC blended prodcts.




Are There Any Other Conditions That May Still Qualify Me For A Medical Marijuana Cdertification?


  • ADHD

  • Alcoholism

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Anorexia

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis (other)

  • Asperger Syndrome

  • Autism

  • Chronic Pain

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Chemo Tx Side Effects

  • Dementia (other)

  • Depression Diabetes II

  • Dystonia

  • Endometriosis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Essential Tremor

  • Hepatitis C

  • Hyperemesis

  • Insomnia

  • IBS

  • Lyme Disease Sx's

  • Meniere's Disease

  • Menstral Cramps

  • Migraines

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Myasthenia Gravis
    Nausea

  • Neuropathy

  • Obesity

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Ovarian Cysts

  • Psoriasis

  • Radiation Tx Side Effects

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Seizures

  • Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Tardive Dyskinesia

  • TMJ

  • Tourette's Disorder

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Vertigo




Can Potential Patients Obtain Medical Marijuana If They Do Not Have One of the Qualifying conditions?


No. Physicians may only order low-THC cannabis or medical marijuana for patients diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions or conditions of the same kind or class.




What are the Qualifying Medical Conditions?


Patients are eligible to receive a certification for low-THC cannabis or medical marijuana if they suffer from the following conditions:

- Cancer

- Epilepsy

- Glaucoma

- HIV

- AIDS

- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

- Crohn's disease

- Parkinson's disease

- Multiple sclerosis (MS)

- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above

- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification

- Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition




How Do I Renew My Physician Certification/Recommendation?


Due to COVID-19 Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees signed Emergency Order 20-002, allowing EXISTING MMJ patients to temporarily renew their Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification card through telemedicine.

Transfer patients (existing mmj patients under another physician) and new patients still must be evaluation in person. The follow up visit can then be done via telemedicine (if this rule is still in effect).




What Happens If I need A New ID Card?


Requests to change the information on an ID card or to replace a lost or stolen card will require the cardholder to submit a Change, Replacement or Surrender Request Form to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, along with a copy of his or her Florida driver’s license or identification card and a $15 replacement fee to the Department of Health.

To change your address on your ID card, follow step-by-step instructions on the Office of Medical Marijuana Use’s Address Change Instructional Guide.




Can I Grow My Own Marijuana?


No. Florida law only allows licensed medical marijuana treatment centers to grow, process and dispense marijuana. The Department of Health will refer any business or individual suspected of violating state law to local law enforcement for investigation. It is important to remember that marijuana is illegal under federal law.




What Is The Difference Between The Physician Certification/ Recommendation And The Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID Card? When Does Each One Renew?


The Physician Certification/Recommendation: This is the recommendation that the certified phyiscian will provide for you into the medical marijuana use registry. It contains infomation regarding what type of cannabis can be used and the methods of intake (routes of administration). Our physician recommendations are good for 210 days/7 months. See the question regarding routes of administration for more information. The Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID Card: This is the ID card given to the qualified and approved patient by the Department of Health. This allows patients to enter a medical cannabis dispensary and potentially purchase low-thc cannabis or medical marijuana. This ID card is good for one year from when you receive it in the mail. To maintain an active Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification card, patients and caregivers must annually submit a renewal application. Renewal applications are available beginning 45 days prior to the expiration date of the card. The expiration date of the identification card is printed on the front of the card.




Who Can Sell Medical Marijuana?


Only licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) can sell medical marijuana. Medical marijuana may not be purchased from any location other than an approved MMTC.

Medical marijuana treatment centers may only provide medical marijuana or a marijuana delivery device to a qualified patient or a qualified patient’s caregiver.




If I Am A Patient, May I Also Serve As A Caregiver For Someone Else?


Yes. However, a patient wishing to serve as a caregiver for someone else must apply separately for a caregiver card and a patient card.




Who Can Be A Qualified Patient's Caregiver?


Florida law defines a caregiver as a resident of Florida who has agreed to assist with a qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana, has a caregiver identification card, and meets all requirements under Florida law.

A caregiver must:

  • Be 21 years of age;
  • Agree in writing to assist with a qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana
  • Be registered in the medical marijuana use registry as a caregiver for no more than one qualified patient, unless exempted from this requirement by Section 381.986(6), F.S.; and

Meet all other requirements of Section 381.986(6), F.S.

A caregiver may not:

  • Be a qualified physician;
  • Be employed by or have an economic interest in a medical marijuana treatment center or a marijuana testing laboratory; or
  • Receive compensation, other than actual expenses incurred, for any services provided to the qualified patient




What Are the Available Routes Of Administration?


Edibles are now available and would most resemble the characteristics similar to those under the "ORAL" category.




Is Medical Marijuana Covered By Insurance?


Unfortunately, no.




Can Dr. Andreoni Prescribe Non-MMJ Medication For Me?


No. This is because we do not go through insurance when charging for the medical marijuana evaluations. Because specific medications (generic vs brand, etc) are covered by different insurances/go through insurance altogether, our policy is to have our physicians strictly focus on medical marijuana recommendations.




How Does The Physician Recommendation Break Down In Terms Of The Routes Of Administration?





What Are The Wait Times To See Dr. Andreoni?


Usually there is no to little wait. However, sometimes appointments can run late or the unusual will happen, and thus, the longest wait time patients have experienced in the past has been up to 25-30 minutes. Since COVID-19, we ask that all patients wait in their cars until Dr. Andreoni is ready to see you. This minimizes patient-patient interaction and promotes good safety practices at our office. PLEASE WEAR A MASK!




Do I Need To Wear A Mask At The Appointment?


YES. NO EXCEPTIONS.





 

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