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Obtaining Low-THC or Medical Cannabis
To begin, follow these steps:
- Talk with your doctor
- Determine your eligibility
- Obtain an order from and authorized physician
- Fill your order
- Use medical cannabis as directed
Talk With Your Doctor
Is medical cannabis right for you?
Medical cannabis has the power to help treat and relieve the symptoms of specific medical conditions.
Talk with your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding medical cannabis, its therapeutic use, and whether it is right for you. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment.
You may also schedule a visit with a qualified physician who has completed the training required to order medical cannabis for patients. You can find a list of these qualified physicians here. A physician may only order medical cannabis for a patient if he or she has treated them for the immediately preceding three months.
CHT Medical offers information and resources as a service to patients, and this information should not be used as a substitute for the care and knowledge that your doctor can provide
How do you talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about medical cannabis?
When considering treatment with medical cannabis, you may want to ask:
What benefits can be expected from this therapy?
What side effects can be expected?
What are the risks associated with this therapy?
Do the potential benefits outweigh the risks for me?
Will this therapy interfere with my current treatment?
What medical cannabis products are available?
What medical cannabis product is right for me?
How and where do I get medical cannabis once it is ordered for me?
Determine Your Eligibility
Do you have a qualifying medical condition?
Patients in Florida who are suffering from the following medical conditions are eligible to receive either low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis products:
A terminal condition is defined as a progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible even with the administration of available, FDA-approved treatment options, and, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death within one year after diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course. The diagnosis of a terminal condition must be confirmed by a second physician in an appropriate specialty for that condition.
What products are available to patients in Florida?
Medical cannabis that is legal for use by patients in Florida must be ordered by a qualified physician and dispensed by CHT Medical or one of the other authorized dispensing organizations within the state. Your doctor may order either non-euphoric, low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis, which contains the psychoactive ingredient THC, depending on your qualifying medical condition.
Physicians may also order cannabis delivery devices as appropriate for their patients. Cannabis delivery devices are devices used in preparing, storing, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis into the human body.
Are you eligible to receive low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis?
In order to be qualified to use low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis:
A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.
A patient must be a Florida resident.
A patient must have been treated by the ordering physician for the immediately preceding three months prior to the order.
If under the age of 18 years, a patient must have a second physician agree to the use of low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis in order to obtain an order from a qualified physician. This must be documented in the patient’s medical record.
A patient must have tried other treatments without success.
An ordering physician must determine the risks of using medical cannabis therapy are reasonable in light of the benefit to the patient.
A patient (or the patient’s legal guardian) must provide voluntary, informed consent to treatment with medical cannabis.
A patient must be registered in the Compassionate Use Registry by an authorized ordering physician.
Obtain an Order From a Qualified Physician
What physicians are authorized to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis in Florida?
Only a limited number of doctors in Florida are authorized to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for their patients. A physician is authorized to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis, only if the physician:
Holds an active, unrestricted license as a physician or osteopathic physician under applicable Florida statutes;
Has successfully completed the state-approved educational course and examination on medical cannabis;
Physicians who have completed this requirement are listed at the link to the right.
Has treated the patient for at least three months immediately preceding the patient’s registration in the Compassionate Use Registry;
Follows all state regulations regarding the care and treatment of their patients as it relates to medical cannabis, use of the Compassionate Use Registry, and documentation of the Patient Treatment Plan; and
Is not a medical director employed by a dispensing organization.
Are you currently being treated by a doctor who is authorized to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis in Florida?
A patient must have been treated by the ordering physician for the immediately preceding three months prior to the order being submitted in the Compassionate Use Registry.
Your doctor will help you determine whether medical cannabis is right for you.
How does a physician order medical cannabis for his or her patients?
The authorized physician will enter the patient’s order for medical cannabis online in the Compassionate Use Registry. The physician will provide information regarding the patient and his or her legal representative, as well as the order information. This information that is entered by your doctor is private and secure in the Compassionate Use Registry. This information will only be available to licensed physicians, authorized medical cannabis dispensing organizations in Florida, approved representatives within the Florida Department of Health or authorized by the Department, and law enforcement agents.
The ordering physician will maintain a patient treatment plan related to medical cannabis. The ordering physician will monitor your response to therapy and submit updates to the plan every quarter to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for research purposes.
Fill Your Order and Pick Up Your Treatment
Once the patient and order information are entered into the Compassionate Use Registry by the doctor, where do I get the low-THC or medical cannabis product?
A patient may fill his or her order for low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis at any dispensing facility operated by an authorized dispensing organization. Talk with your doctor about which product is right for you and which dispensing organization offers the best product for your needs. See what CHT Medical has to offer below.
Arriving at the dispensing facility
When arriving at the dispensing facility, the patient or legal representative who is authorized to pick up the medical cannabis product is required to provide a valid form of identification, including Florida Driver's License, Passport, (* NEED ADDTL*) The dispensing organization will verify the identity of the patient or legal representative and the order in the Compassionate Use Registry. A dispensing organization is able to dispense only what the physician ordered for the patient and cannot provide more than a 45-day supply.
Who is authorized to pick up or receive the medical cannabis product from a dispensing organization?
Either the patient or the patient’s legal representative who is documented in the Compassionate Use Registry may pick up the medical cannabis product or receive a delivered product from the authorized dispensing organization. No other individuals can take possession of a dispensed medical cannabis product.
A legal representative is a qualified patient's parent, legal guardian acting pursuant to a court's authorization as required under section 744.3215(4), Florida Statutes, health care surrogate acting pursuant to the qualified patient's written consent or a court's authorization as required under section 765.113, Florida Statutes, or an individual who is authorized under a power of attorney to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the qualified patient.
How do I find a dispensing facility?
CHT Medical anticipates that our products will be available to patients in local dispensaries throughout Florida by the fourth quarter of 2016.
CHT Medical will offer home delivery service for the convenience of patients. Stay tuned for more information.
Use Medical Cannabis As Directed
Use low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis as directed by your ordering physician. It is important to remember that the medical use of low-THC cannabis and medical cannabis that is legal in Florida does NOT include the following:
Possession, use, or administration of cannabis products by smoking.
Transfer of medical cannabis products to a person other than the qualified patient for whom it was ordered.
Use of any medical cannabis products on any form of public transportation, in any public place, in a qualified patient’s place of employment if restricted by his or her employer, in a state correctional institution, on the grounds of a preschool, primary school, or secondary school, or in any school bus or vehicle.