Before being approved as a qualified physician, and before each license renewal, a physician must successfully complete a 2-hour course and subsequent examination offered by the Florida Medical Association or the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Register for the course here.
In order to issue a Certification to a patient, the patient will need to wait until the Office of Medical Marijuana Use approves their application before purchasing any products. In order to qualify the patient, a physician must also have:
- Conduct a physical examination while physically present in the same room as the patient and a full assessment of the medical history of the patient.
- Diagnose the patient with at least one qualifying medical condition.
- Determine that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for the patient. If a patient is younger than 18 years of age, a second physician must concur with this determination, and such concurrence must be documented in the patient’s medical record.
- Determine whether the patient is pregnant and document such determination in the patient’s medical record. A physician may not issue a physician certification, except for low-THC marijuana (CBD), to a patient who is pregnant.
- Review the patient’s controlled drug prescription history in the prescription drug monitoring program database established pursuant to s. 893.055.
- Review the medical marijuana use registry and confirmed that the patient does not have an active physician certification from another qualified physician.
- Register as the issuer of the physician certification for the named qualified patient on the medical marijuana use registry in an electronic manner determined by the department, and:
- Enter into the registry the contents of the physician certification, including the patient’s qualifying condition and the dosage not to exceed the daily dose amount determined by the department, the amount and forms of marijuana authorized for the patient, and any types of marijuana delivery devices needed by the patient for the medical use of marijuana.
- Update the registry within 7 days after any change is made to the original physician certification to reflect such change.
- Deactivate the registration of the qualified patient and the patient’s caregiver when the physician no longer recommends the medical use of marijuana for the patient.
- Obtain voluntary and informed written consent of the patient for medical use of marijuana each time the qualified physician issues a physician certification for the patient, which shall be maintained in the patient’s medical record. The patient, or the patient’s parent or legal guardian if the patient is a minor, must sign the informed consent acknowledging that the qualified physician has sufficiently explained its content. The qualified physician must use a standardized informed consent form adopted in rule by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine which shall be maintained in the patient’s medical record. The patient, or the patient’s parent or legal guardian if the patient is a minor, must sign the informed consent acknowledging that the qualified physician has sufficiently explained its content. The qualified physician must use a standardized informed consent form adopted in rule by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine.