Patients must first be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.
It is the responsibility of the qualified ordering physician to follow Florida law, diagnose patients and determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment.
The Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) recommends speaking to your health care professional to determine if medical marijuana products are right for you or your loved one.
In addition, Amendment 2 allows Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors to certify patients for a Medical Marijuana Card after diagnosing them with "other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class."
WHAT ARE MEDICAL CONDITIONS OF THE SAME KIND OR CLASS?
This category allows doctors to certify patients who have symptoms or medical conditions that are both debilitating and similar in nature to the medical conditions that are explicitly named in the law.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR A CONDITION TO BE 'DEBILITATING'?
For a physical or mental health condition to be debilitating, it must interfere with or limit the patient's life activities.
SO WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
Does the patient miss work or other commitments due to symptoms? Does the condition interfere with their ability to sustain relationships, get around/drive/walk, perform manual tasks, concentrate, think, or communicate? Does the patient require medications or other treatments for their symptoms? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it's likely the condition qualifies as debilitating.
WHAT DEBILITATING CONDITIONS QUALIFY AS BEING 'OF THE SAME KIND OR CLASS AS OR COMPARABLE TO' THE NAMED QUALIFYING CONDITIONS?
At GCN, we certify patients for medical cannabis treatment with a wide variety of health concerns. While it is almost impossible for us to provide you with a comprehensive list of conditions that may qualify, we can specify some of the most common qualifying classes and symptoms. If the condition you would like to treat with medical cannabis shares any of the below, it may likely qualify.