1What treatment is the patient eligible to receive?
With the enactment of Florida's Amendment 2, qualified patients with a Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID Card may be treated with a variety of low-THC (CBD) and THC- containing medical cannabis products. They are available in a variety of different forms such as vaporized, capsules, oral liquids and, transdermal creams. Currently a patient is not allowed to smoke "flower" but can vaporize flower sold in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle.
2How soon can I get an appointment?
As soon as we receive your paperwork and medical records to verify your qualifying condition we will call you to schedule an appointment. The time frame for your appointment will depend on how far you live from one of our BudDocs. Usually we can see you within the same week and sometimes even that same day.
3Does the patient need to pay per seventy day recommendation?
No, we do not charge a fee for every seventy day "prescription". The fee is all inclusive and includes everything the patients needs for the 210 certification period.
4What are cannabinoids (CBD)?
The brain and other nerve cells, as well as other organs, have natural receptors for cannabinoids. Our bodies also naturally make certain cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which help regulate pain-sensation, memory, stress response, social behavior, mood, immune function, sleep, and appetite. Some patients may benefit more from one type of cannabis treatment, while others best respond to a combination of treatments, that vary based on ratio or time of use throughout the day.
5How does cannabis interact with other medicines?
Because cannabinoids are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system in the liver, they could change the effects of certain seizure medications, such as valproate and clobazam. Some seizure medications, such as carbamazepine and phenytoin, may also reduce cannabinoid blood levels. If a patient is taking these drugs, the patient may require higher doses of cannabinoids, although this has not typically been observed at the doses commonly used in the research. At Buddocs, we will cross check all medications a patient is taking in a database of known interactions with cannabinoids.
6What does the physician authorize for the qualified patient?
After verifying a patient has a qualifying medical condition to receive medical cannabis (as determined by the State of Florida) and having determined the benefits outweigh the risks, the physician provides certification that a patient is qualified. With this, a patient (and caregiver if needed) can obtain a Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID card and obtain product from a state-approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Center.
7How does the patient get the medical cannabis?
Once all legal requirements have been met, the patient will receive a state-issued Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID card, at which time they may get their medical cannabis from a Florida-sanctioned Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. The Centers will have access to the patient's certification to verify what they are allowed to distribute.
8What about the Medical Cannabis Use Registry ID cards?
A valid ID card is required to purchase medical cannabis. Once a Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID number is provided to the patient, the ID card application may be submitted. The appropriate applications are found here:
● For patients - Application Instructions for Qualified Patients
● For caregivers - Application Instructions for Legal Representatives
9What are physicians' requirements for ordering medical cannabis?
Only Florida-licensed physicians who have successfully completed a 2-hour medical education course on medical cannabis and passed the examination may certify qualified patients to receive medical cannabis. This is explained in more detail on the Florida Department of Health's website.
10Do Buddoc doctors evaluate patients for purposes of determining whether the patient has a qualifying medical condition?
Buddoc doctors do not perform evaluations to determine if an individual has a qualifying medical condition to receive medical cannabis in the State of Florida. To make an initial appointment with us, a patient must attest to having a valid pre-existing medical condition. A consultation note or professional letter stating the qualifying medical condition documented by the patient's healthcare, therapist, or mental health provider must be provided to Buddoc prior to the qualified patient being certified to receive medical cannabis. We will evaluate the patient's medical history to determine if the risks of ordering medical cannabis are reasonable in light of the potential benefit for the individual patient.
11Does Buddoc provide after-hours/emergency care for its patients?
Buddocs does not provide after-hours/emergency care or any evaluation or treatment beyond the scope of treatment detailed above. For any additional medical care/advice, the patient's primary care physician or the treating specialist (e.g., neurologist or oncologist) should be contacted.
12Will a physician from Buddocs serve as a second "confirming" physician?
Yes, for patients under 18 years old, a second physician must concur with the determination that the patient is qualified for the Compassionate Use Registry. In addition to serving as an ordering physician for entering qualified patients into the Compassionate Use Registry, We also conducts evaluations as the "second physician" to fulfill this pediatric requirement under Florida law if there is another doctor who will be doing the actual ordering. To evaluate a patient for the purpose of confirming a qualifying medical condition, the patient must first present a consultation note or letter from the physician who made the diagnosis or is providing current treatment for that diagnosis. Assuming the patient meets all qualification criteria, only one chart-review appointment is required for a Buddoc physician to provide documentation as the "confirming physician." . Our physicians will not provide evaluations to make an original Diagnosis.
13What if a pediatric patient seen by a Buddoc certifying physician needs a second physician's letter to complete the qualification process?
Buddocs has more than one physician on staff and can provide a second, independent evaluation after his/her ordering physician has seen the patient. The physician can typically provide this evaluation by performing a review of the pediatric patient's chart.
14Will patients be able to purchase medical cannabis from any of the state-approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers?
Each Medical Marijuana Treatment Center is allowed to sell anywhere in the state, and they may have different products available. A patient can purchase products at any physical location or request home delivery via phone and internet orders. Individual cities are allowed to restrict Centers from opening physical locations within their borders but they are not allowed to prohibit delivery into their cities.
15How safe are the products that will be available?
All products must be tested for purity and standardized into known dosages. Additionally, they should be labeled appropriately to make it easy to differentiate between different products. Though not a legal requirement, we recommend only purchasing from Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers that clearly mark their products.
16Are medical insurance companies required to cover the costs associated with the medical cannabis therapy?
No, insurance companies are not required to cover this therapy or pay/reimburse for medical cannabis evaluation consultations.
17Does a patient have the legal right to use the medical cannabis while out of state?
No, Florida qualified patients are not protected if they were to transport medical
cannabis across state lines or use it in other state.
18If a patient qualified to use medical cannabis is able to work, is the employer obligated to allow the patient to use medical cannabis products in the workplace?
No, to the contrary, Florida law prohibits the use of medical cannabis at the patient's workplace. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require employers to allow medical cannabis use as an accommodation for a patient's disability.
19What are Florida's medical cannabis laws?
The State of Florida strictly regulates medical cannabis. To maintain compliance with all applicable state laws, we will occasionally be required to update our policies. If such changes occur, we will make all reasonable efforts to keep our patients and families up-to-date and in compliance with all applicable laws. Information on the applicable Additional useful legal information is also accessible in the following downloads:
● Medical Use of Marijuana (SB 8A) - the new Florida law
● Amendment 2 - ballot initiative language
20Can I get a MMJ card if If have a license to carry weapons?
No, you need to decide which license is more important to you. At this moment Cannabis is still considered a schedule 1 drug which under federal law would make it illegal to have a license to conceal and carry weapons and also use "illegal drugs". So even it's legal in the state of Florida gun laws are regulated by the federal government.