By Naomi C. Abrams
UPDATE: Telemedicine services have been extended for medical marijuana re-certifications until June 30,2020. Patients are able to check their expiration date through State OMMU.
Worldwide concerns of COVID-19 are changing the way the medical industry operates, and the medical marijuana community is no exception.
Telemedicine has come to the forefront as a way to spare medical marijuana patients from making risky trips to the doctor’s office to renew their medical marijuana license.
There are now more than 325,000 Floridians with active medical marijuana cards, and more than 2,500 doctors in the state that are certified to recommend medicinal cannabis.
Fluent Cannabis is going to great lengths to ensure that patients are able to have access to their meds safely and effectively during these uncertain times, with curbside pickup and drive-thru pickup available at several locations.
Strict cleaning practices and social distancing measures have been implemented at all locations, as well.
Telemedicine Enables Patients To Renew Medical Cards From Home
On March 26, 2020, Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees signed off on Emergency Order 20-002. This Emergency Order issued by the Florida Department of Health is temporarily allowing Florida medical marijuana patients to complete their follow-up visits through Telemedicine.
This means patients can be re-certified for another 7 months by their medical marijuana physician without having to leave home. The original Emergency Order has currently been extended until May 31, 2020 thanks to the new Emergency Order 20-007.
What This Means For You
If you are a current medical marijuana cardholder, you can use your smartphone or webcam-equipped computer to schedule your Telemedicine follow-up with your medical marijuana physician.
As long as they have conducted your in-person exam within the last 30 weeks, you do not need to leave the comfort of your own home to re-certify. Telemedicine cannot be used to conduct the initial visit, as the order applies to follow-up exams only.
Find A Telemedicine Provider Near You
Finding a Telemedicine provider to prescribe medical marijuana has never been easier. Below is a list of doctors currently participating in this process. Your doctor will be able to discuss your health concerns and symptoms in order to identify which types of products can help you best. You may visit their website to make a telemedicine appointment or call the number provided with questions.
Florida Telemedicine Providers
Miracle Leaf – Telemedicine and normal hours (please check website for your local office’s phone number)
DocMJ – Telemedicine renewals, Phone: 888-908-0143
BudDocs – Telemedicine renewals, Phone: 800-652-0592
CannaMD – Telemedicine- renewals, Phone: 855-420-9170
MMJHealth – Open as usual, Phone: 561-631-7994
Calm Effect – Telemedicine renewals and drive-up appointments (combined with telemedicine) for new patients (Melbourne & Orlando), Phone: 954-789-0482
Liberate Space Coast – Renewals and drive-up appointments (Melbourne), Phone: 321-559-4357
Florida Medical Marijuana Health Center of Lantana – Phone 561-429-2105
*Please check back here for updates as many practitioners are resuming normal business hours soon.