Rules for Doctors treating Patients with Medical Cannabis
Florida physician's are authorized to order Low-THC or Medical Cannabis, but only if the physician:
- Holds an active, unrestricted license as a physician or an osteopathic physician.
- Has treated the patient for at least three months immediately preceding the patient’s registration in the compassionate use registry.
- Has successfully completed the FMA or the FOMA course and examination.
- Has determined that the risks of treating the patient with low-THC cannabis / medical marijuana are reasonable in light of the potential benefit to the patient.
- Registers as the recommender of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for the named patient on the Compassionate Use Registry.
- May not prescribe more than a 45-day supply with each prescription.
- Maintains a patient treatment plan that includes the dose, route of administration, planned duration and monitoring of the patient’s symptoms and other indicators of tolerance or reaction to the low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis.
- Submits the patient treatment plan quarterly to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for research on the safety and efficacy of low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis.
- Obtains the voluntary, written informed consent of the patient or the patient’s legal representative/guardian to treatment with medical marijuana.
The Compassionate Use Registry
The Office of Compassionate Use, under the Florida Department of Health, maintains the online Compassionate Use Registry. The registry is accessible by physicians, medical cannabis dispensaries, and by law enforcement, and is used to verify the legitimacy of the patient's right to access, possess, and ingest medical cannabis and its derivatives within the State of Florida. Under Florida law, patient's are required to obtain a medical cannabis ID card. The Compassionate Use Registry can be accessed here. The Registry User's Guide for Physicians can be found here.