Despite the fact that Florida has a medical marijuana law, if you possess or use marijuana for recreational purposes, this still constitutes a crime. Furthermore, Florida has very specific laws as to what you must do in order to qualify for medical marijuana possession and usage.
CannaMD.com advises that your eligibility depends on two things: whether or not a physician has diagnosed you with a qualifying disease or condition and whether or not you are a legal resident of Florida.
Diseases and conditions
Florida law lists the following diagnosed diseases and conditions for which you can obtain a marijuana prescription:
- Chron’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease and PTSD likewise appear on the list. In addition, you may be able to qualify as a patient requiring marijuana if you have one or more other “diagnosable, debilitating conditions of like kind or class” or a terminal illness or suffer “chronic nonmalignant pain.”
If you live in Florida year-round, you must prove your permanent residency status via one of the following:
- Copy of the deed to your house
- A utility bill addressed to you that bears a date of sometime within the past two months
- Your Florida driver’s license or state ID
- Your passport
If you cannot qualify as a permanent resident, you may still be able to get medical marijuana if you qualify as a seasonal resident. Florida defines seasonal residents as those who maintain a temporary Florida residence and live there for a minimum of 31 consecutive days each year. You must also, however, prove that you return to your home state at least once every year and vote and pay your income taxes from that state.