Ask the Doctor: Changing Recommending Doctors in Florida

QUESTION: I am already a Florida medical cannabis patient. How do I change my recommending doctor?


A good doctor/patient relationship is critical, especially if you are new to cannabis. If you are a seasoned cannabis user and don’t have many questions, selecting a doctor may not be as important. But if you are a “newbie” you may have to rely on the doctor a little more heavily so the right choice is extremely important.

There are many reasons for wanting to change your recommending doctor


It could be as simple as the doctor is inconveniently located and not close to your home. If you have been a medical cannabis patient for a while you may not have had much of a choice as to your doctor, but with more recommending doctors more options may be available.


I often hear about doctors who don’t spend enough time with new patients (cannabis patients or otherwise). With so many people being added to the registry daily and a limited number of recommending doctors, you can see how this could lead to unfortunate time constraints. However, if a doctor is extremely busy, ask what other resources are available – from documentation about cannabis to other people in the office who can answer your questions. You should never, however, feel pushed away. If you do, it may be time to make the switch.


Keep in mind that you and your doctor(s) (any and all of them) should be on your team to find the best ways to achieve your optimal health/wellness. If a doctor is condescending, talks down to you, or is simply rude (it does happen!) and it makes you uncomfortable, consider finding someone who is a little more compassionate.

Once you decide to change doctors and find a new one, how do you go about making it official?

When you became a Florida medical cannabis patient you were put on the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry. In the beginning of our medical cannabis program, in order to change doctors you would have to contact them and have them remove you. Then the new doctor could “pick you up” as a patient. As you can see, this led to an array pf problems with the most difficult being doctors who just stopped practicing – there was no way to get a hold of them to release the patient. Thankfully this has changed. Now you can go into your account on the registry site and “release” yourself from your current doctor. Then your new doctor will take you on as a new patient. All in all, it’s a very quick and simple process.

What's the cost associated with changing doctors?

So how much is it to change doctors? Typically it is between $40-$60. Keep in mind though, as to when you are going to make the change. You may not want to switch when you are at day 190 of the 210 (seven months) required before you have to renew. If this is the case, you may want to contact the doctor you wish to go with and confirm what their pricing is if you are switching doctors and renewing.

The cannabis journey can sometimes be a bit arduous, but having a good relationship with your doctor should not be one of the bumps in the road. Again, you and you doctor are a team with the sole mission of helping you feel the best you can. Be well.



Leave a Comment

Color paint splashes with rings
Revive Magazine

Cannabis and Creativity: THC

It is remarkable. Really. The long-awaited shift in the public perception of cannabis. The stigma long associated with this amazing plant is rapidly lifting. Inspired thinking and education have been instrumental in negating parochial views and misinformation, especially in the medical industry. Cannabis is becoming widely accepted as a medicinal alternative and a natural option

Read More »
Man Awake In Bed Suffering With Insomnia

Cannabis for Insomnia

According to research, approximately 30% of all US adults will experience difficulty falling or staying asleep. In addition, 10% will suffer from chronic insomnia (Healthline). Many people find that work, family, finances, and other stressors not only keep them awake, but disturb their biorhythms or natural sleep cycles. Lack of sleep can contribute to depression,

Read More »
Portrait of a happy romantic couple outdoors, looking at each other

Seniors and Medical Cannabis

In the United States, senior citizens compose the fastest growing demographic of medical cannabis users. In one year the number of cannabis users age 55 and over grew 53%. Seniors and cannabis? Why is this happening? The answer has many components. Senior citizens often find themselves taking a number of medications to combat the effects

Read More »
You must be atleast 21 years of age to visit this site.

A note to our visitors

This website has updated its privacy policy in compliance with changes to European Union data protection law, for all members globally. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to your privacy and personal information. Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our updated privacy policy.

Scroll to Top