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Where Are the Medical Marijuana Doctors in Florida? We Mapped Them.

February 6, 2017
Miami Florida from above. North Miami Beach
Medical marijuana in Florida is in a state of flux. The state’s voters overwhelmingly approved–by more than 70 percent–Amendment 2, the medical marijuana measure, in November 2016. But it will be many months before the full system of patient registration, growing licenses, and dispensaries is in place.

Here’s what’s legal as of early 2017.

The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 is still the law of the land. That measure allowed a severely limited number of patients to obtain and use high-CBD, low-THC cannabis. In 2015, Florida added a few conditions (very few–you basically have to be dying in the next 12 months) under which patients can receive higher-THC cannabis. Originally the Department of Health set up a system in which five growers would be licensed to grow, process, and sell to registered Florida patients. But the Department screwed up its judging of the grow-and-dispense license applications, and to fix the error the agency decided to issue two more licenses. So there are now seven licensed medical cannabis companies in Florida.

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Amendment 2 became effective on Jan. 3, 2017, but it currently offers vague and limited protections under the law. Right now, there’s no way to legally purchase higher-THC medical cannabis in Florida. Patients aren’t legally “qualified” until they receive a written recommendation from a physician, and possesses a valid patient ID card issued by the state. The state hasn’t started issuing those cards yet, so even if you have a physician’s recommendation, you are still operating in a legal gray area.

What is available right now? MMJ-qualified physicians and seven low-THC dispensary companies.

The Florida Department of Health requires physicians who recommend medical marijuana to complete an eight-hour training course before writing those recommendations. The DoH keeps a weekly-updated list of those physicians here, and we’ve turned that data into a handy map, below. The qualified physicians are the orange, smaller dots, the low-THC dispensaries are noted in teal, at a bigger size.

Click on the links below for more information about the 7 dispensaries listed:
Surterra Wellness
Trulieve – Clearwater
Modern Health Concepts
Knox Medical
CHT Medical
Trulieve – Tallahassee
Trulieve – Tampa 

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Gage Peake is a former staff writer for Leafly, where he specialized in data journalism, sports, and breaking news coverage. He's a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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  • horsemannv

    This is just one of the examples of what citizen initiatives, referendums and measures which are put on the ballot during election cycles usually can accomplish. This should be taken as a SERIOUS lesson on how to change the government of the people by the entrenched Corporatocracy within the U.S. Citizen voting action and citizen representation within the local, state and national governing bodies can accomplish so much. If citizens would just step up and educated themselves on the process and then take ACTIONS necessary, we could change this country so that everyone had a chance to get what they need for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Moldavian_Bot_Farm

    This is why citizens should always be able to legally grow it at home. Why should I pay an arm and a leg for something that water, dirt, a seed and sunlight will make for free?

  • I live in the giant void in south central. Long before Amendment 2 passed my oncologist recommended me for the CBD oil since I’m a late stage breast/lymph cancer survivor and will try anything to prevent recurrance. That would mean that if it returns, I will be at the terminal stage. I looked all over the internet for a doctor who was qualified to get me registered. I found nothing from DOH. One “company” that I found here wanted $250 for the evaluation, so I bagged it. The day after A2 passed, I started calling the doctors on the DOH list that I had recently found serendipitously. The doctor nearest to me will only take terminal patients. I have to drive 90 miles to get to the next nearest doctor. I will drive much further than that to get to a dispensary. I qualified for MMJ for four separate conditions, most of which are eased by high THC strains.

    As someone who has resided in FL for many years, I can say that this is one heck of a WTF place to live. Jeb got them on the road to privatization, and now corporations are king. They still see many of us as lazy pot heads who would rather be stoned than work. I have an advanced grad degree and a history of excellence working in hospice. I did not choose sickness. I did not choose disability. I believe that those who are making all of the decisions in the crafting of the FL MMJ regs do not care that many of us cannot afford the price points that corporations can charge for non-reimbursable medications. This is FL for crying out loud. Why won’t they consider allowing patients to have a few cannabis plants? I’ll bet that there are many strains that would just love this climate. IT seems to me that they are going about this all wrong, but that’s what happens when you let ignorant people run the show.

    • Edward Sion

      There’s a very simple reason why they won’t let patients grow their own. Money. If you were able to grow your own the company that are allowed would lose money. The drug companies would lose money. Let’s not forget the biggest reason the politicians would lose money. They get money from all these groups who give money to their campaign. God forbid those of us who are suffering would be able to save some money from all the meds. we have to take. You are right about the people who make these laws. They don’t make the laws so that those of us who are sick/injured wouldn’t be inconvenienced. They make these laws the way they do because they look at it as we are just looking to get high. There is no consideration that we are suffering from real pain. Pain that gets so bad that it feels as your being tortured. As long as they are not the ones with the pain they don’t care.

      • Blackbeard

        Lost tax revenue

        • Amee Rech

          There is no tax revenue on MMJ.

          • Amee Rech

            At least not from consumers.

  • I am on the Treasure Coast and waiting to see what the legislature will bring to us. Really hoping for a caregiver siyuation, where we can actually grow a small amount ourselves. Stay informed https://www.flbest420.com/

  • kevvr

    the scum of america always trying to stop the will of the people ,same old story

  • Hipcowboy

    Please people don’t let these companies fool you. Their products will not help you. Unless you live in a legal state where you can get REAL medicine made from the Cannabis plant and not the hemp plant which doesn’t have hardly any THC which is what you need to help cancer. If they say they can mail it then it not any good. It is made from the Hemp plant. If it was made with cannabis then they couldn’t mail it to you. So keep that in mind if the say they will mail it to you at a price that’s out of this world then don’t buy it. It will not help fighting cancer. You need the REAL Cannabis plant with THC to fight cancer.