Medical Marijuana FAQs

Medical Marijuana – Misc

What is the process for obtaining a Florida Medical Marijuana certification?

Dr. Baijnath will review your condition and determine if you qualify under Florida State Medical Marijuana Law.

  • If you do qualify, then you will be registered into the medical marijuana registry and given step by step instruction on uploading required documents to the state registry. Once you receive your medical marijuana card you will be able to order products from the dispensaries.
  • In order to qualify for Medical Marijuana Certification in Florida, we will need to review medical records supporting your qualifying condition. Your medical records do not have to be available at the time of your appointment.

How do I know if I qualify for Medical Marijuana in Florida?

According to Florida Medical Marijuana law, in order to qualify for medical marijuana certification in Florida, you must have a diagnosis with one of the following medical conditions:

  • Chronic Pain
  • PTSD
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C (active form)
  • HIV
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Severe Muscle Spasms (Including MS)
  • Severe Nausea

Will insurance cover my appointment and evaluation?

In certain rare cases your initial consultation may be covered by insurance but likely will not be.  Please call our office for more information.

What if I don’t have the correct medical records for the visit?

Not a problem. During the visit our providers will identify what records we need. We will provide you with a Medical Record Release form to sign and we will send it to the appropriate providers.

What if I don’t have medical records because I do not see medical providers?

We will evaluate your condition during the initial visit and provide you with a specific individualized plan. This may involve conservative, conventional and integrative therapies such as physical therapy, manipulation, medicines, supplements, or a consultation with another medical provider. After completing the required conventional evaluation and/or treatment, we will reassess your eligibility for a medical marijuana certification.

Where do I obtain Medical Marijuana In Florida?

Certified patients who have a Florida State Issued Picture ID can only obtain cannabis products from a medical marijuana dispensary.

What to expect during your consultation

1. Dr. Baijnath will determine if you have a qualifying condition.
2. If you have a qualifying condition, you will then be registered in the Medical Marijuana Registry.
3. You will receive your P NUMBER along with the application to mail to the state.
4. The initial consultation fee is $169.
5. 6-month follow-up visit is $169.

What is the application process like?

1. You will submit your application along with a $75 money order, passport photo and proof of residency to the state.
2. You will receive an EMAIL from the State saying that you are approved (4-6 weeks) this will serve as your temporary ID Card. You will receive your physical card in the mail within 2 weeks of the email.
3. You can use your temporary card to order products from the dispensary.

How do I get my medication?

1. Dr. Baijnath will enter a 60-day supply of medication on your first visit.
2. We will automatically refill your prescription 2 times before your next visit.
3. If the medication is not working and you need to make changes, you need to make an appointment.
4. Please email us if you have questions regarding your refill. Email: frontdesk@emdecares.com

When do I have to renew my medical marijuana card?

• It is required by the state of Florida to renew your id card at least 35 days before the expiration date on your id card every year.
• Do not renew your card before 60 days before the expiration date on your card, the Marijuana State Registry will consider it a duplicate and reject the application and assess a $35 fee when re-submitting your paperwork.
• The renewal fee is $75.

How do I take medical marijuana?

1. Medical Marijuana is available in Inhalation and oral products.
2. Inhalation (vapes) quick onset and will last 3-4 hours.
3. Orals – tinctures and capsules, takes effect in 1-2 hours and last 5-8 hours.

How often do I need to see the doctor?

You will need to be seen by Dr. Baijnath every 6 months for follow visit.

Medical Marijuana – Why

Why Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis Sativa, also know as marijuana, has been valued for 5,000 years as one of the most therapeutic herbs on the planet. Seventy years of marijuana prohibition have generated a plethora of biased opinions, misinformation, and unscientific public policy. Luckily, medical marijuana is making a return to the front lines of medicine, where its versatility, safety, and efficacy stand out amongst the alternatives.

Medical marijuana interacts with a person’s endocannabinoid system, a physiologic system within all people which functions to promote balance and healing at a cellular level. The endocannabinoid system is already hard at work helping you recover from injuries, coordinate your immune system, balance the brain and nervous system, and much more. Using marijuana appropriately can enhance these healing properties.

As an integrative physician, I always choose treatments that are safe, natural, and minimally invasive whenever possible. I primarily rely on herbs, supplements, and non-drug treatments like mind-body medicine. Cannabis is a natural choice because of its impressive safety profile:

  • Side effects are mild and easily corrected by adjusting dosage, strain, and delivery system.
  • There are no lasting negative cognitive effects, even with long-term use.
  • Marijuana does not cause cancer, and in many situations can prevent and help fight cancer cells.
  • There is no fatal overdose.
  • It lessens people’s reliance on more harmful substances, including prescription pharmaceuticals.

I have been impressed by marijuana’s efficacy on my patients. I routinely hear that this medicine not only improves symptoms, but helps globally to improve quality of life by improving mood, enhancing sleep, decreasing stress, and helping people feel connected to something greater than themselves. Patients routinely tell me this herb has helped them reclaim their lives from suffering and illness, while reducing their need for other medications.

Marijuana can be delivered via vaporizing, liquid tinctures, capsules, topical salves and edibles (coming soon). Medical marijuana is available only through dispensaries.

We specialize in medical marijuana consultations. Maximizing the benefits and minimizing the harm of medical marijuana requires an individualized approach with education on dosage, strain, delivery systems, and the more subtle aspects of one’s relationship with this medicine plant. We warmly invite you to explore a medical marijuana consultation as part of a holistic approach to health.