Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana
Patients can qualify for a variety of illnesses or conditions where medical marijuana has been proven to be effective for alleviating symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with one or more of the conditions below, Dr. Friedman can prescribe medical cannabis to help you find relief. Prescriptions can be edible, oil, spray, or tincture form. You can access up to a 70-day supply of the medication with each prescription.
Conditions for which medical cannabis can be prescribed in Florida include the following:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); Also known as: Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
- Chronic pain
- Chronic non-malignant pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Depression and anxiety
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Terminal Conditions
There may be other conditions. We recommend you schedule an appointment at CoreSmart where we can help you determine if your ailment or illness qualifies for medical marijuana.
Can anyone in Florida purchase or consume medical marijuana?
No. In order to legally purchase or consume medical marijuana in the state of Florida, you must have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions listed in this page. There may be exceptions to the list, which Friedman can better explain during a medical consultation.
Can any doctor in Florida prescribe medical marijuana?
No. In order to prescribe medical marijuana in Florida, the physician must me certified by the Florida Department of Health's Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) as a marijuana doctor.
What is the process for being able to use medical marijuana in Florida?
You must have a marijuana evaluation conducted by a doctor certified to prescribe medical marijuana. If after the evaluation the doctor concludes that you qualify, he or she issues a certificate and enters your information into the Compassionate Use Registry database. Only people who are registered in the Compassionate Use Registry database can purchase and consume medical marijuana in Florida.
In Florida, who can be a medical marijuana patient's qualified legal representative?
The following people can be a qualified medical marijuana patient's legal representative in the State of Florida:
- the patient's parent, if the patient is under 18 years old.
- a legal guardian acting pursuant to a court's authorization as required under section 744.3215(4) of the Florida Statutes.
- a healthcare surrogate acting pursuant to the qualified patient's written consent or a court's authorization as required under section 765.113 of the Florida Statutes.
- an individual who is authorized under a power of attorney to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the qualified patient.
If I have one of the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana, am I automatically certified for a prescription?
No. Before you can enroll in Florida’s medical marijuana program, you must be evaluated by a physician who is licensed and certified by Florida's Department of Health as a medical marijuana doctor. Dr. Friedman is certified by the State of Florida as a medical marijuana doctor.
What is the difference between “prescribing” and “recommending” medical marijuana in Florida?
Prescription drugs are regulated by the federal government and since marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law, medical marijuana "prescriptions" are not allowed in Florida. That is why medical marijuana doctors "recommend" instead of "prescribe." A recommendation is considered as freedom of speech and is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
If I have a medical marijuana prescription or license from another state, can I use it in Florida?
No. Florida’s medical marijuana program is independent from those in other states. As such, you must be evaluated by a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Florida in order to determine if you qualify for the program here.
What is the Office of Compassionate Use?
The Office of Compassionate Use is the office within Florida's Department of Health that regulates the Florida medical marijuana program. The Office of Compassionate Use also administers the Compassionate Use Registry.
What is the Compassionate Use Registry?
The Compassionate Use Registry is a database of medical patients who have enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program. This database is used by state and local law enforcement to verify that a patient is a valid medical marijuana patient and therefore immune from being arrested for use or possession of marijuana.
Is Dr. Jarrod Friedman certified as a medical marijuana doctor in Florida?
Yes. Dr. Friedman is certified to evaluate you and determine if you qualify for medical marijuana. After the evaluation, Dr. Friedman will enter a recommended dosage amount into the Compassionate Use Registry, which will allow you to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.
What can I expect during my medical marijuana consultation at CoreSmart?
Dr. Jarrod Friedman is certified by the State of Florida as a medical marijuana doctor. During your office visit to CoreSmart, Dr. Friedman will evaluate you and determine if you qualify for medical marijuana. The evaluation includes examining any current conditions that may affect you, as well as current or new diseases or disorders. After the evaluation, if Dr. Friedman determines that you qualify for medical marijuana, he will enter a recommended dosage amount into the Compassionate Use Registry, which will allow you to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.