We’ve mentioned this a few times in passing but it’s often helpful to find the topic upfront in the blog. So – whether you’re a seasoned cardholder or looking to renew your Florida medical marijuana card for the first time, here’s what you need to know.
Understanding the renewal process is key to maintaining uninterrupted access to the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana.
However, renewing your Florida medical marijuana card is a relatively straightforward process. So let’s have a look at the ins and outs to ensure a seamless renewal experience for you.
How Often Do I Need to Renew My Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
Make sure you’re aware of the renewal frequency of the card so that you ensure uninterrupted access to medical marijuana in Florida. In the Sunshine State, medical marijuana cards are typically valid for one year.
The card’s expiration date is printed on the card. Keep track of it to avoid any disruptions in your access to medical marijuana. The OMMU recommends initiating the renewal process well before your card expires to ensure you receive your renewed card in a timely manner. You can start the process to renew your Florida medical marijuana card up to 45 days before its expiration.
Do I Have to See a Doctor Again for a Medical Marijuana Card Renewal in Florida?
Yes. In Florida, patients have to have their eligibility for low-THC cannabis reassessed by their designated physician every 210 days. This is also known as a re-certification appointment. While the initial certification visit must be in person, since May 2023 the follow-up re-certification appointments can also take place online via telehealth.
How Much Does it Cost to Renew a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
The application to renew your Florida medical marijuana card costs $75.00, and you can pay with a check or money order to the Florida Department of Health. If you renew online, there’s an extra $2.75 fee, making it a total of $77.75.
Re-certification, done every 210 days, varies in cost (usually between $150 and $300) depending on your healthcare provider.
Can I Renew My Medical Marijuana Card Online?
Renewing your Florida medical marijuana card has become more convenient in recent years, thanks to the option of online renewal. If you already have a Florida medical marijuana card, you can renew it online through the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU)’s user-friendly online portal.
Online renewal offers a time-efficient and hassle-free way to ensure you maintain continuous access to medical marijuana. To initiate the online renewal process, you’ll need to log in to the OMMU portal using your existing credentials. Once logged in, follow the prompts for renewal, providing any required information and documentation. The online renewal process is designed to be user-friendly, allowing you to complete the necessary steps from the comfort of your home. What’s not to like?
Can I Renew My Medical Marijuana Card in Person?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. The only ways to submit your application to renew your Florida medical marijuana card are by mail or online on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
What Are the Steps for Renewing my Florida Medical Marijuana Online?
Forty-five days before the expiration date of your card, you can start to apply for its renewal. Here are the steps to take for the online application:
- Log into your profile on the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.
- Begin a renewal application.
- Review your personal details.
- Provide a photo either by uploading one or by checking the state ID photo that will scan Florida’s database for your driver’s license photo.
- Provide proof of residency by uploading your own document or checking the state’s database.
- Review your application and submit.
- Proceed to pay the renewal fee of $75 and $2.75 convenience fee.
According to OMMU, it takes around 10 business days to approve online applications.
How Can I Renew the Card by Mail?
To renew your Florida medical marijuana card via mail, you need to:
- Fill out the patient application form, marking ‘renewal application’ instead of ‘initial application.’
- Include a passport-style photo.
- Include a copy of the necessary proof of residency.
- Add a check or money order for the fee made out to the Florida Department of Health.
How Can I Check the Status of my Online Application?
Keeping tabs on your application status is a breeze with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. Through this online platform, you can monitor the progress of your application in real-time. The use of status icons provides a detailed breakdown for each section of your application.
What Happens If My Card Expires Before I Renew it?
If your medical card expires, you lose the legal privilege to buy medical marijuana. Dispensaries cannot accept certificates or cards that have gone beyond their expiration date.
Seamless Florida Medical Marijuana Card Renewal
Secure ongoing access to the benefits of medical marijuana by starting the process early, staying on top of your expiration date, and embracing the convenience of online renewal!
If you need any help or advice, feel free to reach out to us at Emerald Medical, where we’re always happy to talk with you about any aspect of your medical marijuana use or needs. For patient-focused and personalized care, call us today!
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