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PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT

Please read the following before and after your appointment

What you'll need: 

State-issued driver's license

  1. Permanent Florida residents must have a valid Florida driver's license pr Florida photo ID. 

  2. Seasonal residents (Reside in FL for more than 31 days at a time) must provide two different forms of documentation showing your current address.

Already diagnosed with a qualifying condition

  1. You are expected to bring medical records showing diagnosis. If you do not have documentation stating your diagnosis, the doctor may deny the mmj certification.

Call or Text Kristin once you arrive in the parking lot for your appointment with Dr. Andreoni. Wait in your car to avoid crowding in our waiting room. Kristin will let you know once Dr. Andreoni is ready to see you and you can head upstairs. Our office is located at:

1065 NE 125th Street, Suite 300

 

(Parking lot and entrance is behind the building)

Discounts:

Referrals: 

  1. For you to successfully redeem the referral special (every three people sent = $25 off), you must have the patient being referred document your name on our forms or tell Dr. Andreoni directly. 

Industry/MMTC employees:

  1. If you wish to receive the industry discount (that cannot be applied to the transfer special), you must show proof of MMTC employment via dispensary Photo ID/Badge. 

Veterans:

  1. If you wish to receive the one-time veteran discount, you must show proof of being in the military /armed services via VA card, Photo ID, etc.

Returning Patient Resources

  • DO NOT DRIVE or OPERATE ANY KIND OF MACHINERY when using medical marijuana

  • By law, medical marijuana is to be used at home in private or at a private residence with after receiving permission to medicate at said residence.

  • Please treat MMJ like alcohol when transporting or purchasing (keep it unopened and untampered with when driving from the dispensary to home).

  • Always have your MMJ card (provided by the state) when purchasing any products from a MMTC/medical marijuana dispensary.

  • Always start low and increase slowly to avoid a bad experience or unwanted side effect/adverse event.

  • Length of duration of Physician recommendations = 210 days/7 months.

  • Length of duration of MMJ card = 1 year

1 CBD:1 THC (ratio/blend)

  • Great for Cannabis-naïve patients or for patients who do not want to experience much psycho-activity.

  • Found in tincture and vape form at any dispensary.

  • Can be found in flower form, depending on season.

  • General approach to cannabis initiation is ‘start low, go slow, and stay low

  • For cannabis inhalation, patients should start with 1 inhalation and wait approx 5-10 min.

  • Then, they may increase by 1 inhalation every 15-20 min until desired symptom control has been achieved.

  • Higher THC concentrations of herbal cannabis may allow utilization of lower amounts.

  • Patients should titrate accordingly to avoid adverse events.

  • THC-mediated side effects such as fatigue, tachycardia and dizziness are avoidable when starting dose is low and titration is slow.

  • Slow upward dose titration promotes tolerance to psychoactive sequelae of THC, which is especially important for naïve users

  • Medical cannabis patients, in contrast to recreational users, frequently use CBD predominant chemovars with the smallest amount of THC to get the greatest improvement in symptom control, function, and quality of life, with fewest adverse events

  • Attainment of euphoric effects is not required to attain symptom control.

  • For chronic conditions and symptoms, long acting oral preparations are the mainstay of Treatment

  • Vaporization and/or flower can be utilized as an add-on as needed technique for episodic exacerbations of symptoms

  • CBD can balance THC side effects, especially in daytime use, or when driving is required

 
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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.