How to Find Medical Marijuana Doctors in Florida


Lukas Barfield

February 20th, 2018

Policy


Finding a doctor to recommend high THC medical marijuana in Florida is not always an easy undertaking. Due to marijuana’s designation as a Schedule I narcotic by the Federal Government, many doctors shy away from providing this much needed service. Patients themselves, who are often suffering from diseases affecting their mobility, have difficulty finding doctors to help. Despite it being legal, social stigma may keep some patients from asking their doctor about medical marijuana. These situations, and others, all act as barriers to patients who are just wanting to find relief. Due to these barriers, patients sometimes give up trying to find a recommendation. There are some best practices that can help patients find the relief they need through Florida’s new medical marijuana system.

Do You Qualify?

Before looking for a medical marijuana recommendation in Florida, first determine if you are eligible. Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating conditions such as anorexia or Hepatitis C will qualify a person for medical marijuana in Florida. Doctors can recommend medical marijuana for pain only if the pain is related to one of the conditions above. If you’re not sure if you qualify for medical cannabis, ask your general practitioner. Like the saying goes, “You don’t know until you ask.” Your regular doctor may write you a medical marijuana recommendation on the spot. Additionally, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor before starting a new medication like marijuana.

Look Online

Unfortunately, due to a wide variety of circumstances, the least of which is marijuana is illegal at the Federal level, it is likely that your general practitioner will not write you a medical marijuana recommendation. Don’t be thwarted! Your effort and hard work will pay off when you get your medical marijuana card. The next place to look is online, but as most things on the internet, it is important to use reputable sites like Medical Marijuana Doctors.com to find a doctor in your city to write a recommendation. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find recommendations in 2018. Social media offers unique opportunities to reach out and ask for help when deciding which doctor to choose. These social media sites often have reviews that can help when making such an important decision. However, message boards and forums are not places to look for medical marijuana doctors, and be sure to read reviews when they are available.

The Appointment

Once you locate a doctor near you, the next step is to give them a call to set up an appointment. For the first appointment, you will need to take documentation about your debilitating condition, a Florida ID to prove you are a resident and patients under 18 will need a parent or guardian to accompany them. If you don’t have documentation for your qualifying condition, you can sign a release and your medical marijuana doctor will request the appropriate documents. At the appointment, the doctor will ask how your condition affects your quality of life. If the doctor sees your condition is severe enough to interfere with daily life activities, then you qualify for high THC medical marijuana in Florida. Finally, you will need to register with the state. The medical marijuana doctor’s office can assist with registration. Once registered, you can purchase medical cannabis using your ID throughout the state.

Low THC/High CBD    

Florida also has a low THC high CBD program for children with seizure disorders. Like the high THC system, the best place to start when deciding to treat a child with medical marijuana is a general practitioner. Unlike the high THC system, Florida has a list of doctors who have been certified in Florida to recommend the low THC medical marijuana option. The list is updated weekly, and has over one thousand names.

Note: No part of this article should be interpreted as medical advice.

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