Medical Cannabis Therapy

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  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Terminal Conditions
  • Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated
  • Chronic pain*

*Chronic pain may only be a qualifying condition if the patient has another qualifying

How Does The Florida Medical Cannabis Program Work?

Individuals suffering from chronic and debilitating illnesses are eligible to receive medical cannabis within the state of Florida.

To begin the process, a patient must have an in-person visit with a Florida physician who is qualified to recommend medical marijuana. In order to provide certifications to patients, a doctor must have an active, unrestricted medical license and must complete a course issued by the Florida Medical Association.

Once the physician has examined the patient, he or she can qualify (or “certify”) them to be able to purchase medical marijuana. After a patient is certified by a physician they must complete a medical marijuana ID card application with the Department of Health. When the Department approves the patient’s ID card application, the patient is legally then able to visit any of the state’s dispensaries or call a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center to arrange for delivery.

The law requires patients to be re-certified each 210 days, and the physician can certify up to a 70-day supply of cannabis at a time at a maximum daily dose that is yet to be determined by the Department of Health.

Evaluations Are Just $175 For Existing Patients

Meet Our Providers

Dr Brainard

Karen Brainard, M.D.

Board Certified in Family Practice, Integrative & Holistic Medicine and Co-Owner of Bradenton East Integrative Medicine

Samantha Notman, DO

Samantha Notman, D.O.

Board Certified in Family Medicine

Questions? Call Now: (941) 727-1243

How Often Do You Need To See The Doctor And How Much Do Visits Cost?

Under Florida law, patients must be seen for an in-person examination a minimum of once every 30 weeks. Your initial appointment with the doctor begins the 30-week timer.

Since we have a duty to assess patients’ treatment and to better ensure a high standard of care, new patients must return for an office visit within 90-days of their initial certification appointment. The cost of this visit is $100, and is payable by cash or charge.

90-days after your initial office visit (180 days after your first appointment), you’ll return for a recertification appointment. The cost of recertification visits is $250, payable by cash or charge.

After your first recertification visit, provided you’re comfortable with your usage and dosage and aren’t undergoing active symptomology of your debilitating condition, we will schedule you for regular recertification visits every 180 days.

Certification Visits

Certification visits, which are required every 30 weeks, cost $275 for new patients and $175 for existing BEIM patients.

Office Visits

All new patients are required to return approximately 90-days from their initial certification visit for an office visit. The purpose of this visit is to evaluate each patient’s progress using their medication in relation to their active symptoms. These non-certification office visits are $100 each. Additionally, active patients may schedule office visits as needed with our office for acute care needs (sinus infections, conventional prescription refills, the flu, etc.).

Reminder: You will be required to provide a urine sample at each visit. 

For all visits, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn if Medical Cannabis Is Right For You

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