Medical Marijuana Registration
With over 50 years of combined experience, the physicians of ChiroCare of Florida are dedicated to providing you and your entire family with the highest quality of care. We focus on all-natural healing, sourcing innovative chiropractic therapies, as well as embracing a new age of pain relief and wellness, including medical marijuana.
At ChiroCare of Florida, we’ve pledged to serve our patients with holistic therapies, never prescribing harmful narcotics or advising our patients to receive invasive surgeries. Instead, we utilize the most cutting-edge chiropractic treatments, using tools like cryotherapy chambers and hot lasers to treat pain at the source and promote wellness throughout the body.
With the recent legalization of the use of medicinal cannabis, ChiroCare of Florida has made strides to be able to prescribe medical marijuana to help effectively treat our patients suffering chronic pain, illnesses, and debilitating conditions. To learn more how to get your medical marijuana card at ChiroCare of Florida, continue reading.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana
It has been proven that medical marijuana is effective at treating a variety of debilitating conditions. However, in the state of Florida, a patient must suffer from a legally qualifying condition to be considered for medical marijuana treatment.
It is the responsibility of a qualifying physician to follow Florida constitution and statute, diagnosing patients and determining if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment. Florida Statute 381.986, Medical Use of Marijuana, defines qualifying medical conditions to receive marijuana or a marijuana delivery device as:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
However, just because a condition is not listed, does not mean a patient is barred from registering to receive a medical marijuana card. Other conditions permissible for a medical marijuana prescription include:
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
- Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition
- Debilitating conditions such as:
- Anxiety, Anorexia, Arthritis, Back Pain, Cachexia (wasting away), Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, Hepatitis C, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lyme Disease, Migraines, Muscle Spasms, Muscular Dystrophy, Severe Nausea, Sickle Cell Anemia, Spasticity
How Can You Get Your Florida Medical Marijuana Card?
To purchase medical marijuana in Florida, you must be both a permanent Florida resident, as well as diagnosed with one of the above qualifying conditions. At ChiroCare of Florida, a doctor in our network will work with your current physicians and health care providers to evaluate your condition and determine the treatment that is best for you.
If our doctor determines that you qualify for a medical cannabis recommendation, they will register you in the Compassionate Use Registry. Then, you will receive an email from the Florida Department of Health with instructions to begin the process to obtain your medical marijuana card. If you are a minor, your physician will also enter information about their legal representative.
Your physician will place your order for medical marijuana, and you can have it either home delivered or you can pick it up from a medical marijuana dispensary in your area. To receive your order, you will need your medical marijuana card and photo ID.
Physician Requirements for Medical Marijuana
Not just any health care provider can register patients for medical marijuana use. There are strict physician requirements in place by Florida law to ensure that the standards of medical cannabis treatment are upheld.
At ChiroCare of Florida, our qualified physician is board certified within the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has also taken the required Florida Medical Association medical marijuana use course to accurately and legally diagnose a patient. These steps include a physical examination while present in the same room as the patient, a full assessment of the patient’s medical history, and a determination of whether medical use of marijuana likely outweighs health risks.
After confirming that the patient does not already have an active certification from another physician in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, your ChiroCare of Florida physician can move forward registering themselves as the physicians issuing the certification to the qualifying patient.
Florida Amendment 2 & Medical Cannabis Legislation
With the legalization of medical cannabis, chiropractic now has a natural complement for pain relief and wellness that is neither addictive nor harmful. This was made possible by a series of medical cannabis legislation, beginning in 2014 with the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. This act allowed licensed doctors to order low-THC cannabis products for qualified patients diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures, or muscle spasms.
The Compassionate Use Registry, an online database of licensed doctors and registered patients, was established by the Florida Department of Health and is currently used by physicians to qualify patients for medical marijuana. In November of 2016, Florida voters passed Amendment 2, which legalized the use of full-strength medicinal cannabis.
The passing of Amendment 2 also established a series of rules for the production, registration, and issuing of medical marijuana cards to patients. At ChiroCare of Florida, our physicians adhere to the guidelines set forward for medical cannabis registration diligently, ensuring that our patients receive a seamless transition into medical marijuana treatment.
Today, ChiroCare of Florida continues to take strides alongside the medical cannabis community. If you’ve been suffering chronic pain, illness, or debilitating conditions, a medical marijuana card can be the first step in an effective treatment strategy. Contact ChiroCare of Florida today to learn more about being registered as a patient in the Compassionate Use Registry.