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Medical Marijuana FAQs

Q What is medical marijuana?


Section 381.986, Florida Statutes (F.S.), allows for the use of medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis by qualified patients as certified by a qualified physician.

Medical marijuana DOES include THC and will give the user the feeling of being "high."

Low-THC cannabis contains 0.8 percent or less of THC and does not result in the feeling of being "high."

Q What are the potential health (relief) benefits of using medical marijuana?


The benefits known to date are:

  • Provides relief from chronic pain
  • Helps to alleviate nausea and vomiting
  • Eases tremors from Parkinson's Disease
  • Reduces the numbers of seizures suffered

It has been shown to be helpful with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and HIV/AIDS, among others.

Q How do I obtain a medical marijuana card?


Speak with a qualified physician and visit to learn about qualifying conditions and to obtain information on applying for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID card. The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use include, but are not limited to, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, chronic pain, PTSD, and HIV/AIDS.

Q Who are the doctors certified to recommend medical marijuana?


There are more than 2,000 physicians certified to recommend medical marijuana in the state of Florida.

Visit to learn more about qualified physicians in your area.

Q Are there health risks involved with using medical marijuana?


The research is ongoing and inconclusive. The best course of action is to discuss risks with your qualified physician.

Q What are the laws pertaining to medical marijuana?


The Laws of Florida 2017-232, Section 3, subsection 7(d) (page 14) can be viewed here, and 381.986, F.S. can be viewed here.

Q What is illegal marijuana?


"Illegal marijuana" is marijuana that is used/obtained outside of Section 381.986, F.S., including marijuana that is not purchased from a licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) and marijuana that is used by individuals who are not qualified patients, etc. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and in many states. You cannot transport marijuana in or out of Florida.

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