In Florida, the process of prescribing medical marijuana to patients involves the following steps:
Conduct an evaluation of the patient: Before recommending medical marijuana to a patient, a physician must conduct a physical examination and review the patient’s medical history. The physician must determine that the patient has a qualifying medical condition that could be helped by medical marijuana.
Issue a recommendation: If the physician determines that medical marijuana could be helpful for the patient’s qualifying condition, they can issue a recommendation for medical marijuana use. The physician must enter the patient’s information into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry and provide the patient with a copy of their recommendation.
Monitor the patient: Physicians who recommend medical marijuana to patients are required to monitor the patient’s progress and adjust the treatment plan as necessary.
It is important for doctors to understand the regulations surrounding medical marijuana in Florida and follow the state’s guidelines when prescribing it to patients. They must also comply with HIPAA regulations and protect the privacy and confidentiality of their patients.