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Telemedicine may be ending soon

MMJ was approved in Florida in 2017 and since then more than 567,000 patients have been added to the OMMU registry and are using Cannabis on a regular basis.

As you all know, in 2020 we had the Covid-19 pandemic, which was really hard for everyone. Some people were affected directly and lost their lives to the virus and some lost their jobs leading to tremendous anxiety and depression.

On 3/9/2020 an executive order was issued giving MMJ the status of essential, meaning you could not go to church or buy alcohol, but you could still see your MMJ doctor and buy medicine at the dispensary 🤩. It also allowed the use of telemedicine for established patients, which at that point was not legal in the state of Florida like in other states.

Advantages of Telemedicine:

  • Save money on gas
  • Safety from distancing 
  • Quick and Easy
  • Not having to drive 
  • Nothing was lost using it

Disadvantages of Telemedicine:

  • None

On 4/27/2021 an extension of that order was given for another 60 days and it will probably be the last one. With Covid-19 cases dropping significantly more and more patients being vaccinated, and the need to move forward to a more similar life like we had before, it is likely the state will not extend it, making it illegal again. After June 26, we have no idea what will happen.

For those of you who live close to one of our offices, it’s not a big deal, but for those who live far away, this might be an issue. But don’t worry, we will do our best to accommodate to our patient’s, even if it means doing events in Tampa and Melbourne every month. If it ends, we will send you an update on how to proceed. 

We all know it should stay because of the stated reasons above, so please call you state representative and tell them how important this is for you, along with all the good things about having telemedicine and that there are really no negatives about it. Hopefully, they’ll listen and either extend it or just take it as a positive change brought by the pandemic and needed by you, the patients, more than anyone else and just keep it permanently. 

Florida Representatives

Rep. Will Robinson – 850.717.5071
Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin – 850.717.5119
Rep. Alex Andrade – 850.717.5023
Rep. Stan McClain – 850.717.5023
Rep. Alex Rizo – 850.717.5110
Rep. Randall Maggard – 850.717.5038
Rep. Kaylee Tuck – 850.717.5055
Rep. Tyler Sirois – 850.717.5051
Rep. Bob Rommel – 850.717.5004
Rep. Patt Maney – 850.717.5106
Rep. Sam Killebrew – 850.717.5041

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Becoming a Medical Cannabis caregiver in Florida

What is a Medical Cannabis Caregiver?

A medical cannabis caregiver is someone who under Florida law has the legal right to purchase and possess medical cannabis only for it to be use by a qualified medical marijuana patient. They are the legal representative for the patient. Caregivers may be the patient’s parent, legal guardian, health care surrogate, or an individual with power of attorney to make health care decisions.

Who needs a Medical Cannabis caregiver?

Usually reserved for patients who are severely ill like bedridden patients, patients with communications issues like severe autism or patients who otherwise can’t drive themselves to the dispensary or receive deliveries at their door.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Caregiver?

The application process for becoming a Florida medical cannabis caregiver is very similar to the application process for becoming a medical cannabis patient. Caregivers must apply and be approved for a Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card and must supply proof of Legal Representation status (power of attorney, health care surrogate documentation or certified birth certificate for minor children).

The 3 steps to become a medical marijuana caregiver in Florida:

  1. The patient you represent must have a severe qualifying condition and reasons to require a caregiver, not anyones needs one.
  2. The patient must ask their MMJ doctor to place their caregiver in the MMUR.
  3. The caregiver must apply to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) to become a legal medical cannabis caregiver, pay the $75 state fee and wait the necessary time until the OMMU approves the application. This card must also be renewed every year just like the patients card.

Rules and Restrictions for Medical Cannabis Caregivers

There are several restrictions and conditions that medical cannabis caregivers must meet in order to qualify:

  • Cannot be a qualified physician
  • Cannot be employed by or have an economic interested in a medical marijuana treatment center or marijuana testing laboratory
  • Must be 21 years of age and a Florida resident
  • Must agree, in writing, to assist with the qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana cannabis products
  • Must complete a caregiver certification course by the Florida Department of Health
  • If not closely related to the patient must pass a background check

If you are one of our patients and want to have a caregiver added to your registry please complete the following form. If you are not one of our patients, please contact your treating MMJ doctor.

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Renewing your MMJ card in Florida

Your MMJ card was given to you by The Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) and is valid for 1 year from the date of initial approval. The Expiration Date is printed on it right next to the date of birth. This is different from your doctors recommendation which at the most can last up to 210 days or 6.8 months. You will need to have both of these actives in order to purchase medicine at the dispensaries.

Every year patients will need to renew their card. The state recommends beginning the renewal process 45 days prior to the current card’s expiration date and usually send an email out with a reminder. The easiest way to renew the card is online right from your phone.

To log in CLICK HERE. Your USERNAME will be the email you used to apply for your card originally.

If you don’t remember your password, CLICK HERE and enter your email address. The system will automatically send you an email with a link to create a new password. Your new password must have:

  • 10 characters or more,
  • Upper case letter
  • Lower case letter
  • Number
  • Special character

Once logged in, click YOUR CARD from the menu. Then click the RENEW MY CARD button. You will need to submit proof of residency. The easiest way is to upload a photo from your (VALID) driver’s license or state-approved ID straight from your phone. Make sure to include the entire driver’s license and that the address is easy to read. Pay the yearly $75 plus tax and wait 7-10 business days for a temporary card approved via email. Your card will follow via regular mail.

✅ Start the process 45 days before the expiration date

✅ Every year $75 plus tax

Trulieve and Curaleaf give you $75 back if you spend $150 after your renewal so make sure you print the email and bring it with you to the store

✅ Online renewal easier than paper renewal

✅ You’ll need to upload a photo of your current valid driver’s license

✅ If you have any question call them directly at 800-808-9580 or click here!

Remember that our Medical Marijuana Recommendation renewal price is one of the lowest in Florida. Our fee is only $150 every 7 months and includes all routes necessary.

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Update: Due to the Coronavirus, the OMMU and FL DOH has allowed doctors to do follow up visits (7-month recertifications) via Telemedicine/Telehealth and avoiding having to come into the office and risking getting infected with Covid-19. NEW patients still have to be seen in person.