No. Since recreational cannabis remains illegal in Florida, there are no adult-use cannabis dispensaries in Sanford or any Florida jurisdiction.
Yes. One of the over 500 medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida is located in the City of Stanford. Florida’s passage of Amendment 2 in 2016 makes medical cannabis widely available at licensed dispensaries for qualified patients in the state.
Yes, you can buy cannabis online from the dispensary in Sanford and some of the other Florida-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries offering online sales to customers in the state.
You can expect the following when visiting a medical marijuana treatment center in Sanford:
Verification of Medical Marijuana Use Eligibility: Before entering the MMTC in the city, you will need to show proof of eligibility to purchase and use medical marijuana. The accepted proof is a Florida Medical Marijuana ID card. The dispensary may request that you also provide a government-issued ID in addition to the medical marijuana card
Wide Product Selection: MMTCs typically offer a variety of medical marijuana products, including flowers, tinctures, edibles, and concentrates. A knowledgeable employee or budtender of the dispensary will be available to guide you through the product selection process and answer any questions you may have
Professionalism and Safety: MMTCs are required by state laws to maintain high professionalism and safety standards. You can expect a clean, secure, and regulated environment that is designed to provide a positive experience for patients. Also, you can expect that the products sold in the store have undergone and passed third-party laboratory tests
Confidentiality and Privacy: MMTCs are required to maintain strict confidentiality and privacy standards, ensuring that your personal information are protected
Sanford only permits dispensaries selling medical cannabis but not recreational cannabis to be located within the city limits. Such dispensaries are required to comply with the following laws:
A dispensary may not be located within 1,500 feet of another medical marijuana dispensing facility or 500 feet of a school
Cannabis consumption is illegal on the premises of a dispensary
An MMTC must get a business license from the state and a city license from the Sanford City Council before establishing a retail store in the city
A Sanford dispensary may only sell cannabis to persons with unexpired Florida medical marijuana cards
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Sanford in accordance with the state-defined status (illegal) for recreational cannabis. Hence, the possession, use, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of adult-use cannabis are prohibited in the city. Persons caught in any of the stated acts face severe legal repercussions.
Qualified patients can legally access medical cannabis in Sanford in accordance with the Florida Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act and Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The following medical marijuana laws apply in Sanford under the Florida medical cannabis laws:
Qualifying Medical Conditions: To be eligible to be issued an MMUR medical marijuana card, a patient must have one or more qualifying medical conditions, such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or any other condition that is of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed
Registration: Patients must register with the Florida Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) and Registry Identification Cards to use medical marijuana in Sanford legally
Possession Limits: Patients are limited in the amount of medical marijuana they can purchase and possess at any given time. A registered medical marijuana patient may possess no more than a 35-day supply of smokable medical cannabis forms and a 70-day supply of non-smokable medical cannabis form
Purchases: Patients can only purchase medical marijuana from dispensaries licensed by the Florida Department of Health. One such dispensary is in Sanford. Note that the Florida medical marijuana card allows holders to also buy medical cannabis from other Florida municipalities
To get a medical marijuana card in Sanford, take the following steps:
Confirm Your Eligibility: Before you can apply for a medical marijuana card in the city, you must have permanent or seasonal resident status in the city and have one or more approved medical conditions. The state has identified certain conditions for which qualifying patients may treat with medical cannabis. Some of these conditions include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. For a full list of qualifying conditions, see the Florida Department of Health's website
Get a Recommendation from a Qualified Physician: In order to get a medical marijuana card in Florida, you must get a recommendation from a qualified physician. To find a qualified physician, use the find a physician tool on the state health department website
Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card: At your meeting with the certifying physician, the medical professional will include your health information and personal data in the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry. Note that the MMUR is maintained by the OMMU. Then, the OMMU will send you a link to complete your application online. Alternatively, you can complete your application by mail. Once you have a recommendation from a qualified physician, you can apply for a medical marijuana card online through the Florida Department of Health's website. On the application, you will be required to provide:
A passport-style photo
Payment for the $75 application fee
If you choose to complete your payment by mail, you must submit, in addition to the listed items, a completed application form to:
Office of Medical Marijuana Use
PO Box 31313
Tampa, FL 33631-3313
Medical cannabis can be legally used indoors on private property out of public view, and there are no legal repercussions for doing so. However, using medical cannabis in public locations is illegal and can result in legal consequences.
On the other hand, the use of recreational cannabis is illegal in all locations, including private residences. Persons caught using recreational cannabis, whether in public or private locations, face legal consequences such as fines and possible imprisonment.
You can buy medical cannabis at a Sanford dispensary by visiting the address of the MMTC with cash, a valid Florida medical marijuana card, and a government-issued ID. To find the address of a licensed MMTC in the city, search online using the keyword “Sanford cannabis dispensaries near me.”
A quarter of an ounce of medical cannabis flower in Sanford costs about $30, while 1 gram of pre-rolls sells for $13. One gram of cannabis concentrate may sell as high as $65, while edibles typically sell for between $20 and $40.
Some of the most popular cannabis strains in the city are:
Sanford prohibits public smoking. Hence, smoking in locations such as schools, streets, parks, beaches, and restaurants is illegal.
You can have up to a 35-day supply of smokable medical cannabis forms or a 70-day supply of non-smokable medical cannabis forms if you are registered with the Florida Department of Health as a medical cannabis patient. However, there are legal repercussions for possessing any quantities of recreational cannabis.
Regardless of the legal status where you are shipping from, it is illegal to transport cannabis across state lines into the City of Sanford. However, you may ship cannabis into Sanford if you are moving cannabis from another Florida address.
Yes, you can order cannabis online from the dispensary in the city or other Florida municipalities.
There are no 24-hour MMTCs in Sanford.
Tourists are not allowed to use the MMTC in the city. However, if you have seasonal resident status in Sanford, you may apply to obtain a Florida medical marijuana card which allows you to use the MMTC in the city.
You must have a Florida medical marijuana registry identification card and a valid government-issued photo ID to use the only MMTC in Sanford.
Curaleaf is the only MMTC in Sanford.
Yes, you can expect to have your ID scanned by the medical marijuana dispensary in the city.
Only one dispensary exists in Sanford.
The dispensary in Sanford does not take credit cards.
With only one MMTC existing in the city, you cannot visit more than one cannabis dispensary in a single day. If the city allows more dispensaries to open in the future, you may visit multiple retailers in one day.
You cannot use health insurance plans to cover medical cannabis purchases in Sanford.
Yes. Cannabis sales are tracked at the dispensary in the city.
You can enter the medical cannabis dispensary in Sanford at 18 if you have a Florida medical cannabis card.
Cannabis activities in Sanford are regulated by the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). You may contact the Office at:
Department of Health
Office of Medical Marijuana Use
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin M-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399
To report illicit marijuana-related activities in Sanford, contact the Sanford Police Department. To contact the city PD, call (407) 688-5070. Also, you can report an illegal cannabis operation by filing a complaint with the Florida OMMU.