5 Reasons You Might Not Get Approved For Medical Cannabis
A common misconception about Medical Marijuana here in the State of Florida is that getting approved is guaranteed. While it is easy to get approved, it IS NOT GUARANTEED. Medical Cannabis, like any other treatment, has a list of requirements and disqualifiers for getting approved.
Keep in mind that though Medical Cannabis is legal in Florida, it is still Federally illegal. There are still a few things that can disqualify you from getting your Medical Card.
CannaDocsFL would like to help make sure you have the information you need regarding the potential disqualifiers for Medical Cannabis.
Like other regulated medications, you will be submitted to a background check. This background check is to ensure that your interest in Medical Cannabis is pure.
Felons with previous drug-related charges are not allowed the privilege of using Medical Cannabis and will have to seek other forms of treatment.
This background check will ensure that you are in good standing with the law; this applies only to you. Meaning, family members and friends with felonies will not disqualify you. So, if you want a Medical Card, then stay out of trouble!
Having A Condition That Does Not Qualify
Since Medical Marijuana is still new to Florida, the list of qualifying conditions is still limited. Meaning that you won't be getting your Medical Card if you have a sprained ankle. These are the conditions that qualify you for Medical Cannabis use:
The list of qualifying conditions is limited to a few that you can find here. Knowing your qualifying condition is crucial and can save you some time when you get evaluated. For some more help with understanding your qualifying condition, see our previous post.
Not Having The Proper Paperwork
Part of the evaluation process for getting a Medical Cannabis Card is the review of your medical documentation. All Cannabis doctors will require medical paperwork from your PCP (Primary Care Physician) or hospital that clearly states your condition.
Examples of paperwork you may need are; medication list, physician's diagnosis, treatment plan, progress notes, radiology/MRI/X-ray image, lab test results.
Without proper documentation, your chances of getting approved for the use of Medical Cannabis are zero-to-none.
Failing The In-Person Evaluation
Remember that you are dealing with a Doctor. Though their field of expertise is Cannabis, they still are qualified physicians who have gone through medical training. DO NOT TRY TO LIE TO YOUR CANNABIS PHYSICIAN.
Be honest with your physician as to why you feel you need Medical Cannabis. Does it help you sleep better? Does it ease your pain and provide relief? These are good reasons why one might want to try Medical Cannabis. "I want to get high." is not.
Your approval for Medical Cannabis depends on how well your in-person evaluation goes. If your Cannabis Physician decides that you have poor intentions of using Medical Cannabis, you will not get your Medical Card.
Be honest. Not only will honesty help you get your Medical Card, but it will also make your evaluation go a lot quicker.
Not Being A Florida Resident
This one seems obvious, but many still have misconceptions that just anyone can get approved. However, this is not the case.
To be approved for Medical Cannabis, you must be a Florida Resident. You must also be able to provide adequate proof of residency.
Some accepted proofs of residency are, and these are the same for seasonal residents:
A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or residential rental or lease agreement.
One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian, or other people with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
A utility hook-up or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.
Any other documentation that provides proof of residential address as determined by department rule.
If you are mindful of these disqualifiers, then nothing should go wrong. For a helpful experience with Medical Cannabis, schedule an evaluation with us today!
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