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Physicians

Office of Medical Marijuana Use


Physician Requirements PDF

In order to qualify to order medical marijuana for patients, a physician must have an active, unrestricted license as a physician under Chapter 458, F.S., or osteopathic physician under Chapter 459, F.S. Additionally, a physician employed as a medical director by a medical marijuana treatment center may not order medical marijuana for patients.

Physicians who meet the above requirements may gain access to the Medical Marijuana Use Registry after completing the required course and examination. The course and examination are provided by the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Successful completion of the course is required each time a physician renews his or her license.

Requirements of qualified patients and ordering physicians are available here.

It is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow Florida constitution and statute, diagnose patients and determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment. 

Qualified patients may fill orders at approved medical marijuana treatment centers. The medical marijuana treatment center will verify the identity of the patient or legal representative, as well as the order, in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

Medical marijuana is available in Florida, however, remains illegal under federal law.