“Cancer symptoms don’t stop when you cross state lines,”
she said. “We are forcing patients during shorter visits to
go without treatment or take treatment they don’t want to.
We have heard of this throughout the cannabis community
complaint after complaint.”
State Sen. Jeff Brandes filed a bill that would let the Florida Department of Health recognize out-of-state medical marijuana licenses from people visiting the state for 30 days or less.
Under Brandes’ proposal (SB 744), visitors would need to provide a $10 fee and a valid order for medical marijuana issued by a licensed physician in their home state. Florida Denies Short-term Visitors Medical Marijuana then issue an electronic registration certificate that could be used to purchase no more than a 30-day supply of medical marijuana in the state.
“They should be able to buy that same medicine in Florida without having to go through another set of hoops,” said Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.
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In Florida, More than 2,500 doctors are registered to order medical marijuana. A consultation isn’t covered by insurance and typically will costs an estimated amount of $200 to $300 for an initial appointment. CannaMD’s doctors generally ask for a letter from another physician confirming that a patient has a qualifying condition, Walters mentioned.
The Health Department of Florida charges a $75 fee for a medical marijuana card, and it must be renewed every 12 months. Patients also must be evaluated by their doctor every 210 days (estimated seven months) to continue using medical marijuana. It takes about five business days for the state to process an application for a medical marijuana card, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.
In the year 2016, about 71% of voters approved Amendment 2, which authorized medical marijuana in Florida.
The number of medical marijuana patients registered in Florida soared during the pandemic, estimated from 300,000 in January 2020 to 636,000 in the most recent report.
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