As of February 2021, It’s taking 2-3 weeks to receive your temporary card approval from the State of Florida. Medical marijuana has been legal in the State of Florida under Amendment 2 since 2016. There are now close to 600,000 patients in the medical marijuana registry in the State of Florida.
Medical marijuana in Florida is available to any Florida resident the has a State approved qualifying medical condition. For more information on the qualifying state approved medical conditions, please see below:
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Chronic Nonmalignant Pain
Apart from these severe diseases, your medical marijuana doctor can also prescribe this medicine in any condition under which marijuana will be effective such as:
- Back Pain
- Hepatitis C
- Muscle Spasms
- Severe Nausea
Research and Study Information: According to a study reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more industrial accidents, 85% more injuries and 75% greater absenteeism compared to those who tested negative. Marijuana is widely-recognized as the herb that has been used in many parts of the world for a long time period for healing purpose. Researchers have proved medicinal properties of this herb due to THC which is the main element of this product or it can also be popularly-known as the Life Saving Drug. This becomes the core reason that marijuana is ranked as schedule 1 drug. In addition, the patient may lose their IQ or get into other mental health issues due to continuous use of marijuana. As a result, only specialized marijuana doctors can prescribe this medicine to the patients under the observance of the law that is formed by the state with the validity over one year.
Ways of using Medical Marijuana
The usage of marijuana will be decided by the specialized state doctors as there are many ways to use it. If the patient needs immediate response, then it can be prescribed to be used either by smoking or vaporizing. On the other hand, when an immediate response from the patient is not required, then it can be used as an edible treatment. Please note it could take up to 2 hours for oral administration use of cannabis to kick in.
While medical marijuana-using employees have mounted legal challenges, state statutes usually side with employers who reject potential employees or reprimand workers that test positive for cannabis, even if they have a medical marijuana card. Some states protect employee rights and safeguard against disciplinary action for medical marijuana use. Marijuana is still illegal according to federal law, which classifies it as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Federal law supersedes state law. The Americans with Disabilities Act also sides with the employer when it comes to medical marijuana. Learn More Here.
Most states will not pay worker compensation to an employee who was under the influence at the time of an accident. Most state health insurance programs will not pay for medical marijuana.
Requirements for getting medical marijuana card in Florida
One of the basic requirement for getting this treatment is that the patient must be a resident of Florida. In this regard, patient has to submit medical registration form with their complete medical history to the Department of Health’s Office of Florida Medical Marijuana Use. Once the marijuana doctor approves you, it is sent back to Florida Department of Health from where the medical marijuana card is issued to the patient. As per the prescription, the dispensaries are allowed to provide this medicine at an approved medical marijuana dispensary in Florida.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
For the above mentioned process, it can take up to one month in order to get this card. This card can be used for one year, but after every 30 weeks/210 days this card needs to be renewed via examination through the specified doctors. It again takes 5-7 business days but is running 2 – 3 weeks as of now.
Employers in safety-sensitive industries are more likely to have zero-tolerance policies when it comes to marijuana use, and new state marijuana laws are making it more difficult to find workers that meet strict drug-testing criteria, according to the Society for Human Resources Management.
Marijuana is the most frequently used illicit drug of abuse in the United States and the drug most often detected in workplace drug testing. In 2016, about one in five (7.2 million) Americans ages 18 to 25 self-identified as current users of marijuana, and about 15.2 million adults (7.2%) ages 26 and older used marijuana, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
If you or someone you know is looking for a medical marijuana card in Florida, please contact the offices of All Natural MD Florida. We have locations for Florida marijuana card renewals and new patients certifications in Lakeland, Orlando, Kissimmee, Tampa, Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Fort Myers, Naples and more coming soon. Get Started now. (800) 250-6737.