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Medical Marijuana Card Winter Garden, Fl

Dr. Michael Mercado is a certified professional with the ability to provide medical marijuana card evaluations in Winter Garden, Fl. To be issued a card to use medical marijuana, you must first go through an initial physical exam and discussion of your qualifying conditions. Dr. Michael Mercado will then issue you a card for use at medical marijuana treatment centers in Florida.

After your qualifications have been assessed, then you may be approved for a medical marijuana license. Once your medical marijuana license has been approved, you can then apply for a Florida medical card and are free to participate in the state’s medical-marijuana program.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

1. Schedule a visit with a Certified Doctor

To get a medical marijuana card in Florida, you will need to visit a qualified Florida physician to receive your certification. The helpful staff at Dr. Michael Mercado’s office can book your appointment and take you through the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card.

2. Meet with the doctor

In Florida, for medical conditions that qualify for cannabis use, such as certain forms of chronic pain and multiple sclerosis, a referral from a qualified physician is required. At your appointment, you and your Florida cannabis doctor will discuss your qualifying conditions and do a simple health check.

3. Submit your registration through the State of Florida’s website

You are eligible to complete Florida’s medical marijuana application online or by mail. After the cannabis doctor enters your information into the MMUR. You will need to provide proof of residency, pay a fee, and submit a passport-style photograph.

4. Visit a medical marijuana treatment center in Florida to purchase medical marijuana

If the OMMU approves you for cannabis use, you will receive a medical marijuana card in the mail. You can use your cannabis card to purchase medical marijuana at any of the licensed dispensaries in Florida.

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Health Conditions in Florida

There are many qualifying conditions. Take a look at the list provided below to see if your condition qualifies for a Florida medical marijuana card:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Anorexia
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

As it stands in Florida, this list does not include health conditions that qualify based on their relation to the listed health conditions. For example, Dr. Michael Mercado may diagnose you with Fibromyalgia, but that disorder is not listed. However, arthritis is listed because arthritis causes pain. Medical marijuana is known to relieve pain. Therefore, the Doctor can approve your medical marijuana license for Fibromyalgia based on the “chronic pain” criteria.

If your health condition is not listed above, it is still advised that you consult with a specialized medical marijuana doctor to get a better idea about which health conditions qualify. A doctor that specializes in medical marijuana will not only know about the qualifying criteria to obtain a Florida medical marijuana card, but they can also discuss the health benefits of medical marijuana and the medical marijuana laws in Florida.

Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Some of the known health benefits are:

  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Relieves pain
  • Promotes healthy sleep for those with Insomnia
  • Increases appetite
  • Fights Cancer
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Relieves Arthritis
  • Relieves eye pressure for those with Glaucoma

Understanding Florida Medical Marijuana Laws

It’s important to know that Florida state medical marijuana laws are different from federal law. As it stands, marijuana, even medical marijuana, is illegal federally.

Keep in mind that every state has different laws regarding marijuana. As of May 2021, in the United States; it is legal in 36 states, four out of five permanently inhabited US territories, and the District of Columbia to use marijuana for medical purposes. While medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida, recreational use of marijuana is strictly illegal.

Legalizing medical marijuana in Florida was a long process. But, in 2018, a Leon County Circuit Court judge decided that illegalizing and banning smokable marijuana was unconstitutional and ordered the Florida government to change the law.

Subsequently, in 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Session Bill 182 into law, repealing the ban on smoking marijuana for medical patients.

What to Expect at a Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Center

Going to a medical marijuana dispensary for the first time can be intimidating, but knowing what to expect can help make the experience even more pleasant. When entering a medical marijuana treatment center:

  1. Give the receptionist/host your Florida medical marijuana card. (or email)
  2. Your referral, prescription, and medical marijuana card will be checked to see if you are licensed in the State of Florida for medical marijuana.
  3. When it is your turn, the host will take you to the retail area and introduce you to a budtender/patient consultant.
  4. The budtender/patient consultant will verify your prescription.
  5. The budtender/patient consultant can offer suggestions. Ask questions.
  6. The budtender/patient consultant will ring up your order.
  7. You will pay in cash; however, some dispensaries are now accepting debit cards.
  8. Your budtender/patient consultant will package your medical marijuana products according to state laws.

Obtaining your marijuana medication may seem like a long process, but it is not if you are informed. You want to know everything you can about Florida medical marijuana, including its health benefits, laws, and how to obtain a card. You can get all the information you need from Dr. Michael Mercado or any medical marijuana doctor at Sanctuary.

Michael Mercado
1002 S Dillard Street Suite 102, Winter Garden, Fl 34787
(407) 877‐3577

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