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As medical marijuana becomes a more widely accepted and prescribed alternative to traditional western medication, patients across the country are benefiting from its holistic healing properties. Cannabis is restoring quality of life for many who may otherwise be too ill to function, let alone pursue passions or careers. However, because both medical marijuana and recreational use is only legalized on a state to state basis, federal laws may still make it difficult to fulfill your desire to move out of state.
Many patients who rely on medical marijuana for relief seek other marijuana-friendly states for their relocation. If you are considering moving to Florida to enjoy the weather or for a new start, understanding the medical marijuana laws beforehand is a must. Because these laws vary from between states, what is permissible in your current state may not be here.
For example, while other states may allow you to use an out-of-state medical marijuana card, in Miami and the rest of Florida it will not be valid. This can be a major problem if you only find out once your current supply is depleted. Here’s what you need to know about transferring medical marijuana registrations between states and how to get a medical cannabis card in Miami.
The most basic answer is no. Because Florida does not have any reciprocity agreements with other states that have legalized medical marijuana, once you cross the state border, your card is not valid. However, it is possible to get a medical marijuana card in Miami using an out-of-state ID.
For people who can at least prove part time residency in Florida using two forms of confirmation, you may qualify for a new card. To do so, you must be able to meet the same standards as full time Florida residents, such as:
Pre-Qualification from Your Primary Care Physician. Your doctor must confirm diagnosis of a qualifying health condition by Florida law. They must provide a record of your diagnosis as well as your care thus far, showing proof ineffective prior attempts to treat your condition.
Confirmation by a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Miami. Once a board-certified cannabis doctor has confirmed your diagnosis and medical need, they will begin the registration process for you in-office. This includes input of necessary medical information into the Medical Marijuana Registry. Your information is protected under HIPAA laws and cannot be accessed except for when legally mandated.
Complete Registration Online. Using the information provided to you by your physician, login and complete your registration. This includes confirming the information entered by your doctor, selecting a dispensary, and paying any associated registration fees.
Because the application and approval process can be lengthy, it is recommended you begin the process as soon as possible. Once you have proof of residency in the form of a leasing agreement or qualifying bill, make your appointment with MMJ Care MD. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team will help guide you through the entire process from start to finish.