Frequently Asked Questions



HOW CAN I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH COMPASSIONATE MEDICAL CANNABIS CLINIC

Appointments can be scheduled by calling our office during normal business hours at 813-641-0007.

Please remember to bring or fax us a copy of your medical records one week prior to your scheduled appointment.

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

Because cannabis is still prohibited at a Federal level, we are unable to accept medical insurance. We are, however, a legal medical practice and each patient will be provided with a receipt upon payment they can submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement if allowed.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash.

HOW MUCH ARE VISITS?

New Patient Visit

Certification visits, which are required each 210 days, cost $250.. $50 of the $250 will be applied to the appointment as a non-refundable scheduling fee.

Office Visits

All new patients are required to return approximately 2 weeks from their initial certification visit for an office visit. The purpose of this visit is to evaluate each patient’s progress using their medication in relation to their active symptoms. These non-certification office visits are $150 each.

For all visits, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash.

IS MY INFORMATION SECURE?

Yes. All of our scheduling, digital paperwork, and medical records systems are 100% HIPAA compliant. We will not release any information to anyone without your prior written permission or a subpoena from a court of law.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

For your initial certification appointment, you should arrive 10-15 minutes early.If you haven’t downloaded, printed, read, and completed your New Patient Forms, you’ll need to arrive at least an hour early.

Please also note that free parking is available in front and around our clinic.

Since there is more involved in an initial appointment with our clinic, please allow for 45 minutes to an hour. Should you need a work or school excuse, we can provide one.

Please remember to bring in your Initial Paperwork one week prior to your appointment.

If you see another doctor for your condition, we’ll have you complete a medical records form so we can send off for information documenting your condition. Then we’ll accept your payment (our services must be paid prior to them being rendered).

When you arrive, we will make sure all of your medical records are In and have been reviewed by the doctor.

From there, you’ll be taken to the exam room and either the doctor or a medical assistant will take your vitals. The doctor will then perform a full physical examination and develop a treatment plan based upon the exam and your health history. Once your exam is complete, we’ll schedule a recertification or office appointment before you leave if we qualify you under the Florida law.

WHAT CONDITIONS QUALIFY ME FOR THE FLORIDA MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM?

Qualifying conditions are specified within the state Constitution are as follows:

  • Cancer.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus.
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • A Terminal Condition
  • Chronic Pain*
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated

*Chronic pain may only be a qualifying condition if the patient has another qualifying condition.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT?

Due to the fact we have a high volume of patients who are waiting to be seen, should you need to cancel or reschedule your initial appointment, refer to the new patient paperwork policy that you received when you initially scheduled your appointment. Please call our office directly at 813-641-0007 to reschedule or cancel your appointment. If you no call/no show, or do not reschedule within our 48 hour policy, we reserve the right to charge your credit or debit card on file for the full amount of the visit.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds for services already rendered.

IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGAL IN FLORIDA?

Yes. In November 2016, voters overwhelmingly approved the passage of a ballot initiative that amended the state constitution to allow for residents with debilitating illnesses to legally obtain and use medical marijuana.

On June 23, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed SB-8A into law, revising the original Compassionate Use Act (s.381.986) and allowing for the legal expansion of the state’s existing medical marijuana program to conform to the new stipulations set fourth by Amendment 2.

DO I HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT OF FLORIDA TO RECEIVE TREATMENT?

No. The state does have specific residency requirements for patients, but the law allows for the certification of “seasonal residents” with debilitating illnesses. As long as you reside within the state of Florida for at least 31 consecutive days each calendar year, you are able to qualify for the program.

HOW CAN I BECOME A CAREGIVER OR ASSIGN ONE TO MY CARE?

Often times, people suffering from chronic and debilitating illnesses require the assistance of another individual for their healthcare needs.

With medical cannabis in Florida, patients have the ability to assign a Legal Representative or Caregiver for themselves.

Under the new law, Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age and (with a few exceptions) can only care for one patient at a time.

If a Caregiver is the parent or legal guardian of a minor patient or the parent or legal guardian of an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability, or if a patient is a registered Hospice patient, more than one Caregiver may be assigned to a patient.

Caregivers must also not be a qualified physician or be employed by (or have economic interest in) a medical marijuana treatment center. Caregivers must agree in writing to assist with the qualified patient’s medical use of marijuana, be registered within the Medical Marijuana Use Registry as a caregiver, successfully complete a biannual caregiver certification course, and pass a background check if they’re not a close relative (spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent, child, or grandchild) of the patient.

Currently, the state allows up to two caregivers (Legal Representatives) to be assigned to patients within the Registry. Caregivers must apply and be approved for a Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card and must supply proof of Legal Representation status (certified birth certificate for minor children, or power of attorney or health care surrogate documentation.)

Because of the implementation of Florida’s new medical cannabis law, we are unsure when the old requirements will be replaced with the new.

HOW DO I GET MY FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA ID CARD?

The Florida Department of Health has created a system for issuing and renewing Medical Marijuana Registry identification cards for patients and their caregivers. In combination with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, identification cards will further allow patients and caregivers to quickly demonstrate that they are registered in the Compassionate Use Registry.

Florida rule 64-4.011, F.A.C. requires all patients and legal representatives to have a valid Compassionate Use Registry identification card to obtain low-THC cannabis, medical cannabis, or a cannabis delivery device. To apply for a Compassionate Use Registry identification card, a patient must:

  1. Be a Florida resident,
  2. Be a qualified patient in the Compassionate Use Registry,
  3. Submit a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use

Patients and caregivers may apply for a Compassionate Use Registry identification card electronically on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, or mail a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use. Applicants must have an email address added to their Patient Profile to submit an electronic application.

All applications must be submitted to the Office of Compassionate Use, and must include a full-face, passport-type color photograph taken within 90 day, and a registration fee of $75. Compassionate Use Registry identification cards remain active for one year.

Patients who are minors must designate a legal representative on his or her application, and in the Compassionate Use Registry. Legal representatives must also submit a completed application to the Office of Compassionate Use to obtain a Compassionate Use Registry identification card.

Once a card application has been approved, the patient and legal representative will receive temporary verification from the Office of Compassionate Use sent to their email. This verification will allow patients the ability to purchase their first order of medical cannabis. Approximately 30 days after the receipt of payment, the Office of Compassionate Use will mail a hard plastic identification card to the patient and/or Legal Representative (caregiver).

A patient must have an approved card application prior to filling an order at a dispensing organization.

HOW DOES THE FLORIDA MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM WORK?

Individuals suffering from chronic and debilitating illnesses are eligible to receive medical cannabis within the state of Florida.

To begin the process, a patient must have an in-person visit with a Florida physician who is qualified to recommend medical marijuana. In order to provide certifications to patients, a doctor must have an active, unrestricted medical license and must complete a course issued by the Florida Medical Association.

Once the physician has examined the patient, he or she can qualify (or “certify”) them to be able to purchase medical marijuana. After a patient is certified by a physician they must complete a medical marijuana ID card application with the Department of Health. When the Department approves the patient’s ID card application, the patient is legally then able to visit any of the state’s dispensaries or call a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center to arrange for delivery.

The law requires patients to be re-certified each 210 days, and the physician can certify up to a 70-day supply of cannabis at a time at a maximum daily dose that is yet to be determined by the Department of Health.

I ALREADY HAVE A MEDICAL CANNABIS LICENSE IN ANOTHER STATE. CAN’T I JUST GET ONE IN FLORIDA?

No. There is no reciprocity between states’ medical marijuana programs. Just because you have a license in California, Washington, Michigan, or any other state with a medical marijuana program, doesn’t mean you necessarily qualify in Florida.






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