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2023 Amendments to Medical Marijuana Recommendations Renewal in Florida

Updated September 15th, 2023
Renewing your Florida medical marijuana card is now available through telehealth. No confusing tech, no special software, no smart phone needed, it can be done even on a landline!

Soon, patients who need to renew their medical marijuana card in Florida won’t need to come to the medical marijuana clinic to do so. Instead, they will be able to attend telehealth renewals. The bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis received broad consensus from members of both major political parties in the Florida Legislature and agreement among lawmakers from different political affiliations.

Starting 1st July, 2023, medical marijuana patients will be entitled to renew their medical marijuana recommendations remotely. 

Why Is This Process Changing?

In fact, relying on telehealth for medical marijuana recommendations is not new. De Santis had already authorized such renewals for a limited period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help those affected by Hurricane Ian last year. 

In other words, the medical marijuana card renewal process will soon enable patients to do it from the comfort of their home.

In addition, this is a remarkable step forward towards improving health care accessibility, thus making Florida an innovative leader in the way in which patients receive their medical marijuana consultations. 

Who Will This Affect?

This will affect medical marijuana patients who need to renew their medical marijuana recommendations as long as there has been an initial in-person physical examination and/or the individual is not visiting the medical marijuana doctor for the first time.

 If it is the first time you’re consulting about medical marijuana or consulting a medical marijuana doctor, you will required to receive a physical examination at the doctor’s office in order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card. 

How Will the System Work From Now On?

Patients suffering from conditions eligible for a medical marijuana recommendations will need to consult with a physician at their office and receive a physical examination if:

  1. It’s their first time asking for medical marijuana
  2. They’ve used medical marijuana in the past but they are consulting with that doctor for the first time

After that, renewals can be authorized with telehealth visits online or over the phone. 

Useful Links

Full text of bill HB 387 

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