Florida Medical Marijuana Registry

Before you can purchase and enjoy medical marijuana in Florida, you must qualify for your place on the Florida Medical Marijuana Registry. To get entered into the database known as the Medical Marijuana Use (MMU) Registry, you must meet certain conditions outlined by the Florida Department of Health and its Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

This process may sound very official, and that’s because it is. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be complicated or intimidating. Once you learn how to get your medical marijuana card in Florida, you’ll see that the path isn’t so challenging if you have the right guide. Here at Nature’s Green House, we’re experts at determining who qualifies to join the MMU Registry in Florida. We’re prepared to walk you through every step of the process and make sure you feel comfortable along the way.
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What Is the Florida Medical Marijuana Registry?

The Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry is a secure database that can be accessed online. Every time a new medical marijuana patient is deemed eligible to receive medical marijuana in this state, their information is added to the database. Only qualified physicians can determine if someone is eligible for medical marijuana, so you won’t be able to get added to this database without consulting with a medical marijuana doctor in Florida.

The MMU Registry’s whole purpose is to help the state keep track of who has been approved for medical marijuana. Once a qualified physician approves you to receive your medical marijuana card and enters you into the system, you’ll receive a personal patient ID number. This patient ID number allows you to apply for and receive your Florida medical marijuana card.

The good news is that your medical marijuana doctor will be able to help you get registered in the database, and their staff is already very familiar with the process. There’s no need to stress. All you’ll have to focus on is making sure you bring all of your required documents when you show up for your appointment with the physician. They’ll confirm what you need whenever you make the appointment as well.

Which Documents ARE Required for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry in Florida?

The first thing you’ll need is proof that you’re a resident of Florida. This could be your Florida driver’s license. If you’re using your license, just make sure it’s still valid and not expired. Your license address will have to match your address in the registry, so make sure it’s up to date. Alternatively, you can use a utility bill from sometime within the last two months instead of your driver’s license.

Minors may also qualify to join the MMU registry in Florida with a parent or legal guardian’s approval. Parents or legal guardians of patients who are minors will need to provide a Florida driver’s license or other state-issued Florida ID card in addition to the minor’s birth certificate.

Seasonal Florida residents may also receive a medical marijuana card. To be eligible as a seasonal resident, you must live in Florida for at least 31 consecutive days every year, have a temporary home in Florida, and be registered to vote or pay income taxes in another state or municipality. You cannot qualify as a seasonal resident if you don’t return to your Florida home at least one time every calendar year.

Seasonal residents must produce at least two of the following to prove seasonal residency:
  • A utility bill from sometime within the last two months
  • Mail from a financial institution from within the last two months (could be an account statement from your checking, savings, or investment account).
  • The first page and signed page from any of the following:
    • Your deed
    • Your mortgage
    • Your monthly mortgage statement
    • Your mortgage payment booklet
    • Your residential rental or lease agreement
  • Mail from a government agency (federal, state, county, or municipal) from sometime within the last two months.
  • Any other document or item that proves seasonal residency in Florida – call the state at 800-808-9580 to confirm whether your document will work.
In addition to two of the documents listed above, you will also be asked to provide the driver’s license from the state in which you live and pay taxes permanently. If you’re a minor, you will need to have a certified copy of your birth certificate or a current registration from a Florida school, and your legal guardian will need to meet all of the requirements listed above.

Caregivers for Adult Patients

To be registered as a Caregiver for an adult medical marijuana patient, you must compl/liete the Caregiver application with the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. To do so, you’ll need to complete bi-annual training, which includes a short quiz. In addition to studying for and passing the quiz, Caregivers will need a valid Florida driver’s license, other Florida ID card, or utility bill. Furthermore, the Caregiver of an Adult Medical Marijuana Patient must provide one of the following documents:
  • Written Consent that is signed, dated, and notarized
  • Power of Attorney that is signed, dated, and notarized (at least the first page and signed page)
  • Health Care Surrogate Form that is signed, dated, and notarized

Renewing With MMU Registry FL

Within 45 days of the expiration date on your current medical marijuana card, you can apply for renewal. The renewal process is fairly straightforward and is even easier than getting approved for Florida medical marijuana in the first place. If you have any questions about renewing your registration with the Florida MMU Registry, reach out to the physician’s office that helped you with the initial registration.

Other Considerations for the MMU Registry in Florida

The Department of Transportation does not formally consider medical marijuana to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee’s positive drug test. This is the result of state laws on the Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation: 49 CFR Part 40, at 40.151(e). The Department of Transportation continues to regulate the use of marijuana by transportation employees in positions like the following, among others, all of with have been deemed safety-sensitive:
  • Aircraft Maintenance Personnel
  • Pilots
  • Pipeline Emergency Response Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Ship Captains
  • Subway Operators
  • Train Engineers
  • Transit Security Personnel Who Carry Firearms
  • Truck Drivers
If you’re unsure about whether the regulation might apply to your profession, consult with our office before scheduling your appointment to see if you qualify for medical marijuana in Florida. Another common question has to do with having a concealed weapon license and qualifying for medical marijuana in Florida. There is no Florida law forbidding residents from having a medical marijuana card as well as a concealed weapon license at the same time.

Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Florida

Equipped with the knowledge above, you’re ready to meet with a certified medical marijuana doctor to see if you qualify for the Florida MMU Registry. Our physicians here at Nature’s Green House can help you determine if your diagnosis qualifies you for medical cannabis in Florida. Contact us today to set up an appointment at our convenient location in Fort Lauderdale. Image Credits: Shutterstock / squarelogo