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The State of Florida defines the two main components of medical marijuana as follows:

Low-THC Cannabis

In Florida, low-THC cannabis is distinct from medical cannabis in that it contains very low amounts of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Because of its low levels of THC, low-THC products do not have the euphoric properties of full-potency cannabis and typically do not result in patients experiencing the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

To qualify as low-THC, the flowers, seeds, resin, and any other product derived from the cannabis plant must contain 0.8 percent or less of THC and more than 10 percent of cannabidiol (CBD) weight for weight.*

Medical Marijuana

In Florida, medical marijuana (formerly knowns as medical cannabis) is distinct from low-THC cannabis in that it can contain significant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the chemical compound that causes the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

The term medical marijuana includes all parts of a cannabis plant, its seeds, resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, sale, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin.* Visit the State of Florida's OMMU website for more information.

The State of Florida recently approved medical marijuana to treat certain medical conditions, including some pain-related illnesses. Dr. Darin Bush at Mobility Spine and Sports is certified by the State as a medical marijuana doctor.

 

Schedule a Medical Marijuana Appointment with Dr. Darin Bush

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

Patients can qualify for a variety of illnesses or conditions where medical marijuana has been proven to be effective for alleviating symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with one or more of the conditions below, Dr. Darin Bush can recommend medical marijuana to help you find relief. Medical marijuana can be dispensed as edible, oil, spray, or tincture form. You can access up to a 70-day supply of the medication with each script.

Conditions for which medical cannabis can be prescribed in Florida include the following:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); Also known as: Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic non-malignant pain
  • Crohn’s disease
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  • Depression and anxiety
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
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  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Seizures
  • Terminal Conditions
  • There may be other conditions. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bush who can help you determine if your ailment or illness qualifies.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can anyone in Florida purchase or consume medical marijuana?

    No. In order to legally purchase or consume medical marijuana in the state of Florida, you must have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions listed on this page. There may be exceptions to the list, which Dr. Bush can better explain during a medical consultation.

  • Can any doctor in Florida prescribe medical marijuana?

    No. In order to prescribe medical marijuana in Florida, the physician must me certified by the Florida Department of Health's Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) as a marijuana doctor.

  • What is the process for being able to use medical marijuana in Florida?

    You must have a marijuana evaluation conducted by a doctor certified to recommend medical marijuana. If after the evaluation the doctor concludes that you qualify, he or she issues a certificate and enters your information into the Compassionate Use Registry database. Only people who are registered in the Compassionate Use Registry database can purchase and consume medical marijuana in Florida.

  • In Florida, who can be a medical marijuana patient's qualified legal representative?

    The following people can be a qualified medical marijuana patient's legal representative in the State of Florida: The patient's parent, if the patient is under 18 years old; a legal guardian acting pursuant to a court's authorization as required under section 744.3215(4) of the Florida Statutes; a healthcare surrogate acting pursuant to the qualified patient's written consent or a court's authorization as required under section 765.113 of the Florida Statutes; or an individual who is authorized under a power of attorney to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the qualified patient.

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions that make a person eligible for a medical marijuana prescription in Florida?

    Conditions for which medical cannabis can be prescribed in Florida include the following: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, arthritis, cachexia, cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, chronic pain, chronic non-malignant pain, crohn’s disease, depression and anxiety, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, insomnia, migraines, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, nausea, neuropathy, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizures, and terminal conditions. There may be other conditions. We recommend you schedule an appointment with Dr. Bush who can help you determine if your ailment or illness qualifies for medical marijuana.

  • If I have one of the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana, am I automatically certified for a prescription?

    No. Before you can enroll in Florida’s medical marijuana program, you must be evaluated by a physician who is licensed and certified by Florida's Department of Health as a medical marijuana doctor. Dr. Bush is certified by the State of Florida as a medical marijuana doctor.

  • What is the difference between “prescribing” and “recommending” medical marijuana in Florida?

    Prescription drugs are regulated by the federal government and since marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law, medical marijuana "prescriptions" are not allowed in Florida. That is why medical marijuana doctors "recommend" instead of "prescribe." A recommendation is considered as freedom of speech and is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

  • If I have a medical marijuana prescription or license from another state, can I use it in Florida?

    No. Florida’s medical marijuana program is independent from those in other states. As such, you must be evaluated by a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Florida in order to determine if you qualify for the program here.

  • What is the Office of Compassionate Use?

    The Office of Compassionate Use is the office within Florida's Department of Health that regulates the Florida medical marijuana program. The Office of Compassionate Use also administers the Compassionate Use Registry.

  • What is the Compassionate Use Registry?

    The Compassionate Use Registry is a database of medical patients who have enrolled in Florida's medical marijuana program. This database is used by state and local law enforcement to verify that a patient is a valid medical marijuana patient and therefore immune from being arrested for use or possession of marijuana.

  • Is Dr. Darin Bush certified as a medical marijuana doctor in Florida?

    Yes. Dr. Bush is certified to evaluate you and determine if you qualify for medical marijuana. After the evaluation, Dr. Bush will enter a recommended dosage amount into the Compassionate Use Registry, which will allow you to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.

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What can I expect during my medical marijuana consultation with Dr. Bush?

Dr. Darin Bush is certified by the State of Florida as a medical marijuana doctor. During your office visit to Mobility Spine and Sports, Dr. Bush will evaluate you and determine if you qualify for medical marijuana. The evaluation includes examining any current conditions that may affect you, as well as current or new diseases or disorders. After the evaluation, if Dr. Bush determines that you qualify for medical marijuana, he will enter a recommended dosage amount into the Compassionate Use Registry, which will allow you to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.

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The Florida Health website has valuable information and answers to frequently asked questions. You can visit them here. Additionally, a patient helpline is available at 850-245-4657.