ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health has begun the process of issuing medical marijuana identifications cards for residents, the agency announced Thursday.
The application for Florida patients and caregivers requires a $75 fee, a copy of a government-issued ID and a passport photo.
Compassionate use registry identification cards expire one year after a physician’s prescription.
All patients must have the ID card to purchase low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis, according to the law.
The Florida Department of Heath ruled Sunday that residents could apply for the cards.
Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment Nov. 8 to legalize medical marijuana, broadening access to pot beyond the limited therapeutic uses approved by the Legislature two years ago.
Specifically, the measure allows prescriptions for 10 illnesses: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. It also allows doctors to prescribe pot for any other similar kind of ailment.
Knox Medical, is currently the one Florida Health approved dispensary open in Orange County and six across the Sunshine State.