Educating Communities

The purpose of this site is to educate minorities about marijuana for medical use and the
impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities.

Qualifying Conditions

Qualifying conditions include

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
  • A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition

Get Registered

Patients and their Caregivers are entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by their Qualified Physician

Once you have been entered into the Registry, your physician will provide you with your Patient ID Number. You will need this to apply for your required Registry Identification Card

Remember to provide your physician with your email address to receive important updates!

Get Your ID

Patients and their Caregivers will then apply for their Registry Identification Card

Patients and Caregivers may complete an electronic or paper identification application. For step by step instructions and other resources, please visit our Registry Identification Cards page.

Payments and paper ID Card Applications should be mailed to:  

Office of Medical Marijuana Use

PO Box 31313

Tampa, FL 33631-3313

Get Treatment

Fill your order at one of the licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers

Once your Identification Card application has been approved, you will then be able to contact one of the licensed medical marijuana treatment centers and fill the order.

Patients and caregivers may only fill orders for medical marijuana with one of the state’s approved medical marijuana treatment centers. Medical marijuana treatment centers may deliver medical marijuana to qualified patients and caregivers. If you do not have a medical marijuana treatment center in your city you can still fill your order by contacting a medical marijuana treatment center and arranging for a delivery.

For contact information of the currently licensed medical marijuana treatment centers, please visit our Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers page.

Know the Responsibilities
of Your Physician

Obtain voluntary, written, informed consent from the
patient or the patient’s legal guardian.

Enter an order for the named patient into the Marijuana Use Registry
and update the registr within 7 days of anychange.

A Qualified
Patient Must...

Be diagnosed with a qualifying condition.

Has obtained a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card.

Be a Florida resident.

Illegal Marijuana’s Impact on Minority Communities

Community Impact

  • Minorities 4-times more likely to be arrested than whites for possession
  • Loss of job after arrest negatively impacts a family’s livelihood
  • Break-up of families from loss of income and resulting conflicts
  • Increase in domestic violence
  • Challenges finding a new job after getting a drug arrest record
  • Unknown substances in synthetic pot can cause illness or death
  • Possible loss of public benefits after arrest
  • Illegal drug traffic may negatively impact property values


Short-Term Use

  • Temporary memory loss
  • Lack of coordination
  • Altered perception of time
  • Changes in mood
  • Difficulties thinking or problem solving
  • Increased heart rate


Long-Term or Heavy Use

  • Addiction (in about 9% of users overall, 17% of those who begin use in adolescence, and 25-50% of those who are daily users)
  • Altered brain development
  • Poor educational outcome, with increased likelihood of dropping out of school
  • Cognitive impairment, with lower IQ among those who were frequent users during adolescence
  • Diminished life satisfaction and achievement (determined on the basis of subjective and objective measures as compared with such ratings in the general population
  • Symptoms of chronic bronchitis
  • Increased risk of chronic psychosis disorders (including schizophrenia) in persons with a predisposition to such disorders


Cannabinoids or so-called "Synthetic Marijuana" aka "Fake Weed" Health Effects

Synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” (or “fake weed”) because they act on the same brain cell receptors as THC, the mind-altering chemicals ingredient in marijuana.

Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a growing number of human-made mind-altering chemicals sprayed on dried, shredded plant material or vaporized to produce a high.  The effects may include:

  • Unpredictable and severe and life-threatening conditions
  • Death
  • Violent behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Violent behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Can be addictive
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability