FAQ – Common Questions
FAQs related to medical marijuana.
We are sure you have questions. And we do have some answers, but not all. To help guide you a bit, below are some questions we are asked frequently about medical cannabis in Florida.
What are the steps to getting my MMJ certification from THE POT DOCS? aka How to get a medical marijuana card
- A DOCTOR WILL EVALUATE YOUR REQUEST
- INSTANT EMAIL DELIVERY OF YOUR RECOMMENDATION
We’ll need your medical history and information about your qualifying condition.
One of our licensed physicians will review your medical history.
Your original recommendation will be sent standard mail in a discreet envelope.
What does MMJ mean?
How does the state know that my POT DOCS doctor is legitimate?
When you receive an approval from our physician, the doctor’s license can be verified at the FL Medical board website.
Is our service legal?
Yes, Tele-health (formerly Tele-medicine) is seen as a medical management tool and not a separate form of medicine. Tele-health technology is perfectly legal provided that it is used by a Florida licensed physician.
What happens during an appointment?
During the evaluation your physician will perform a good faith exam – a discussion of your reasons for wanting to medicate with cannabis and a review of your medical history. The exam is non-invasive, typically takes 20 – 30 minutes and is performed over HIPAA-compliant video. If your physician decides medical cannabis will benefit your health and wellbeing, s/he will also provide education and guidance regarding which products and doses will be most beneficial to your particular condition(s), symptom(s) and lifestyle.
What comes with my recommendation?
Patients recommended for medical cannabis use will receive: a digital copy of their recommendation letter, the original copy of their recommendation letter with physician’s embossed seal, and an ID Card. Patients also have direct access to their physicians for follow up questions. These are all included in the price of a consultation. Recommendations are valid for 1 year.
What do I need for my appointment?
For your appointment you will need a computer with a camera and microphone, a reliable Internet connection, and a valid government issued photo ID.
Will I be on a government list?
No. There is no list. The record of your recommendation is protected under federal law through HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), just like medical documents at any other doctor’s office. Read all about it here.
Can I get a renewal?
Yes! You can schedule a renewal appointment here. Patients interested in a renewal must be able to provide a copy of their prior recommendation and cannot have a prior recommendation that has been expired for more than 1 year.
Where is my recommendation valid?
Recommendations are valid at all dispensaries and collectives in the state of Florida and states with reciprocity laws for Florida.
What conditions can marijuana be used to help treat?
Medical marijuana can be recommended in Florida for the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other chronic illness for which marijuana provides relief, including insomnia, anxiety, stress, or PTSD.
Does The Pot Docs take Insurance?
Unfortunately not, The Pot Docs is a fee for service business. There will be a fee of $125.00 for your Tele-Medicine conference with the Doctor. If approved by the Doctor there is a fee of $150.00 for administrative processing and ID Card distribution.If you are not approved by the Doctor you will not be charged for the $150.00 administrative fee. Please note the card is good for One Year, a $100.00 fee will be required for the re certification the following year and ongoing.
Is medical marijuana legal in Florida?