Patients in the state of Florida can choose any medical marijuana doctor and clinic to complete the steps necessary to obtain their medical marijuana card. In other words, you do not need to live in Sarasota, FL, to see a medical marijuana doctor in the city. However, you do need to be a permanent or temporary resident of the state at the time you apply.
Traveling in the State
Your medical marijuana card, also known as a medical card, is valid throughout the state. Once you have the card, you can legally purchase medical marijuana at any dispensary within Florida. With more dispensaries opening up, it is easier to find a location close to you in Sarasota, FL, or other larger cities throughout the state.
Traveling Outside the State
If you have a valid Florida medical card, you may be able to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary in another state. This is a process known as reciprocity, where some states provide dispensaries with the ability to accept other MMJ cards from selected states.
It is always at the discretion of the dispensary to accept out-of-state MMJ cards. Patients will need to provide an accepted form of photo ID as well as their medical card to make these purchases.
State Line Laws
It is important to keep in mind that even if you have a valid MMJ card, you cannot cross state lines with medical marijuana in any form in your possession. This is true even if the neighboring state has a medical marijuana law.