Florida’s Office of Compassionate Use has officially started issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers.
According to Mara Gambinieri, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health, their Office of Compassionate Use began processing patient applications once the state’s new medical marijuana rules took effect on February 19th.
Under the state’s law, those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician to use medical marijuana can apply with the department to do so. Qualifying conditions include HIV/AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic muscle spasms, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Crohn’s disease.
For those in Florida who meet these requirements, you can click here to download the patient application. The application must be dropped off or mailed to the Office of Compassionate Use at 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee (32399).
According to Gambinieri, the department should soon be able to accept applications online.