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Frequently Asked Questions

We see chronically ill patients in West Central Florida. Patients under 18 must have a pediatrician’s approval.

Our practice is different.

We are not your typical doctor’s office.  We believe in treating you as we would want to be treated. We are not a big corporation with multiple phone lines and an answering service.  But when you get to us, what you will get, is friendly and knowledgeable staff who help you navigate this new/old branch of medicine in modern times.

What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

Please bring:

  • Your FL Driver’s license, or if a seasonal resident, 2 forms of ID, Utility bills and deed, mortgage, or proof of ownership.
  • Medical records from an outside physician indicating your diagnosis. Medical releases can be signed at the office before your appointment. When we receive your records, we will make your appointment.
  • Payment of $75 to the Florida Department of Health can be made online or a check can be mailed with a paper application.
  • A cell phone or tablet that you can receive email on to complete the ID card application.
  • Physician office visit is $200, followups every 210 days (7months) $100, transfer patients $150, flower recommendation $25 one time only. *For Initial appointments a $50 deposit is required to secure your appointment, the balance to be paid on arrival.
  • We accept cash, checks and credit cards.
What is medical marijuana or cannabis?

It is a plant used for centuries for all kinds of medical conditions. It is a popular alternative for opiates and is non toxic.

We use the word Cannabis, because that is the scientific medical term. Marijuana is a Mexican slang word and is not considered scientific.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, we see patients by appointment only. Please call our office at 352-601-4200 or 352-601-1440, text or email us to schedule an appointment.

Can I get a prescription for medical marijuana/medical cannabis from my personal physician?

You must obtain an OMMU ID card and ‘recommendation orders’ from a qualifying physician, – not a prescription – to obtain medical marijuana at a Florida dispensary. Only a Florida state licensed physician certified under the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use system can qualify an individual for the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

What qualifies me to get my medical marijuana ID card?

All patients and/or their legal representatives desiring to obtain medical marijuana must have a valid Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry ID card. This allows the individual named on the card to obtain low-THC marijuana/cannabis, medical marijuana/medical cannabis, and cannabis delivery devices. Patients must be evaluated by Florida state licensed physician, be a Florida resident and submit an application to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). Once our physician has evaluated your condition, we will help you complete your electronic application or provide information on how to so.

Once I have my ID card, do I need to come back for additional visits?

The law is written that the physician must physically see you every 210 days to renew your certification and add orders to your online registry, each followup visit is $100.

How often must I be re-certified?

Re-certification is required every 210 days to keep your orders active. The State requires you to physically see Dr. Bob Goethe every 7 months. Your Office of Medical Marijuana Use license is an annual renewal of $75. The orders and the license are 2 different things, they rarely coincide.

Does insurance cover my visit?

We are not aware of any health insurance companies that cover these visits. We do accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.

What counties do you serve?

We see patients at two convenient locations in Citrus and Sumter counties, centrally located to most individuals who live in Citrus, Marion, Lake, Hernando, Sumter, Levy, Polk, Alachua, and surrounding counties.

What conditions/diseases may qualify me for a medical marijuana/medical cannabis ID card?

The current list in the state of Florida include:

  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Non-malignant Chronic Pain
  • and similar conditions.

Check the list under the tab “Information Request” above.

Do you carry products?

We do not handle or have access to any medical marijuana / medical cannabis products.

We will give you a list of dispensaries in our area.