Last year, amendment 2 was passed, which expanded medical marijuana use for HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. Before that, the only conditions covered were cancer, chronic seizures and chronic muscle spasms, epilepsy and other terminal conditions.
Now, the Florida officials overseeing the medical marijuana program have begun the process of issuing identification cards to applicants that are caregivers or patients.
The Office of Compassionate Use issues the cards and they are part of regulations that were passed last year by the Florida Legislature. Mara Gambinieri, the spokeswoman for the Department of Health, said that the rule became effective on February 19th, 2017. She also explained that the Department’s website is being updated so that they can receive electronic applications.
To receive a card, a person must be a Florida resident and must qualify to receive medical marijuana.
Truelieve, a Florida company authorized to dispense medical marijuana, issued a statement explaining how they will assist patients on receiving a Medical Marijuana ID.
In the statement, a representative explained that “Trulieve is offering a $75 credit off one order of $150 or more to make up for the cost of getting an ID card. Additionally, we are offering complimentary assistance with the application process, from filling out the application to turning in completed application packets. We want to make sure we minimize the burden on our patients.”