Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Florida Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the CMCA?
The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (CMCA) charged the Florida the Department of Health (DOH) established the Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) in order to oversee the regulatory infrastructure for medical cannabis in the state.
+ Why was the OCU Established?
After the Act was signed into law by Governor Scott, the DOH was tasked with writing and implementing the department’s rules for medical cannabis, and oversee the statewide Compassionate Use Registry.
+ How do I register with the OCU?
In order for a patient to be qualified to receive an order for low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis, they must:
- Be a permanent resident of Florida
- Be entered into the Compassionate Use Registry by a qualified physician
- Be a patient of an ordering physician for at least 3 months
- Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions for low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis?
In Florida, low-THC cannabis is distinct from medical cannabis in that it contains very low amounts of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); because of its low-THC content, it does not have the euphoric properties that full-potency cannabis has.
Qualified physicians may order low-THC cannabis for a qualified patient suffering from:
- A physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms, to alleviate symptoms of such disease, disorder, or condition, if no other satisfactory alternative treatment options exist for the qualified patient.
In Florida, medical cannabis is distinct from low-THC cannabis in that it can contain significant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); this is the chemical that causes the “high” commonly associated with cannabis. When consumed in large enough doses, medical cannabis can cause patients significant discomfort, and its use should be closely monitored by the ordering physician.
A qualified physician may only order medical cannabis for a patient with a terminal condition that is attested to by the patient’s physician and confirmed by a second independent evaluation by a board-certified physician in an appropriate specialty for that condition.
Florida law defines a terminal condition as:
- “Progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available treatment options currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course.”
+ Where may I find a list of the qualified ordering physician in Florida?
You may find an ordering physician that may diagnose patients and determine if medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment here.
+ Where do I send my completed MMMP application?
Patients may submit a completed application through the mail to:
Florida Department of Health ATTN: Office of Compassionate Use, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399
You may expedite your application by applying online here.
+ What CMCA Applications do I fill out?
- Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card Qualified Patient Application
- Compassionate Use Registry Identification Card Legal Representative Application
- Change, Replacement or Surrender Request
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the MMMP?
Qualifying physicians can order no more than a 45-day supply and a cannabis delivery device needed by the patient for the medical use of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis, through one of the six licensed dispensing organizations, and patients may not grow their own low-THC or medical cannabis.
+ What about Legal Representatives?
Patients who are minors must designate a legal representative on his or her application, and in the Compassionate Use Registry. Legal representatives must also submit a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use to obtain a Compassionate Use Registry identification card.
Once a card application has been approved, the patient and legal representative may receive a temporary card from the Office of Compassionate Use. A patient must have an approved card application prior to filling an order at a dispensing organization.
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the OCU website here.