The Palm Beach Post - - FRONT PAGE - — JEFF OSTROWSKI

More than 50,000 Florid­i­ans have reg­is­tered for the state’s med­i­cal mar­i­juana pro­gram, the Florida Depart­ment of Health says. As of Wed­nes­day, 50,775 pa­tients had vis­ited a doc­tor and paid for a state med­i­cal card. That puts Florida’s cannabis pro­gram 10 per­cent of the way to the half a mil­lion peo­ple that pot pro­po­nents ex­pected to ul­ti­mately sign up.

Mean­while, Palm Beach County’s first cannabis dis­pen­sary is set to open to­day. Knox Med­i­cal’s store in Lake Worth plans to host a grand open­ing.

Who is el­i­gi­ble for med­i­cal mar­i­juana in Florida? Pa­tients with can­cer, AIDS, epilepsy, Parkin­son’s dis­ease, chronic pain and other “de­bil­i­tat­ing” med­i­cal con­di­tions can use mar­i­juana with a doc­tor’s per­mis­sion.

How do I qual­ify?

It takes a few weeks and a few hun­dred dol­lars to buy weed legally. Pa­tients who want to try weed start by visit­ing one of the 900-plus doc­tors who are per­mit­ted by the Florida Depart­ment of Health to rec­om­mend cannabis. Prices vary, but the ini­tial visit typ­i­cally costs about $200. If the physi­cian signs off, the pa­tient ap­plies to the Of­fice of Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana Use for a state ID card, which costs $75.

Where do I buy med­i­cal cannabis?

Florida reg­u­la­tors have ap­proved seven com­pa­nies to grow, process and sell med­i­cal mar­i­juana. Cannabis pro­duc­ers are al­lowed to de­liver pot to pa­tients, and many of them have re­tail lo­ca­tions.

How much does it cost?

That de­pends on the pa­tient, but mar­i­juana grow­ers and pa­tients say the typ­i­cal tab is $150 a month.

In what form is mar­i­juana sold?

Florida pa­tients can’t buy pot in the leafy green buds most com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the drug. In­stead, cannabis is de­liv­ered through va­por­iz­ers, pills or other “edi­bles,” oral drops and nasal sprays.

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