Joseph Dorn MD, DMD, MBA

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“I have 20 years of medical practice in general medicine, having spent the last 12 years as a hospice/palliative medicine physician. Providing care for terminally ill patients using prescription narcotics and other addicting traditional medications, which were often less effective with many side effects, caused me to consider alternative treatments, most notably cannabis-derived products. Now I have dedicated my medical practice to evaluations and ordering of medical marijuana products for patients suffering from qualifying conditions per Florida laws. The use of such products is based on credible medical studies that have been conducted on thousands of patients throughout the world during the last few decades.”

“I have 20 years of medical practice in general medicine, having spent the last 12 years as a hospice/palliative medicine physician. Providing care for terminally ill patients using prescription narcotics and other addicting traditional medications, which were often less effective with many side effects, caused me to consider alternative treatments, most notably cannabis-derived products. Now I have dedicated my medical practice to evaluations and ordering of medical marijuana products for patients suffering from qualifying conditions per Florida laws. The use of such products is based on credible medical studies that have been conducted on thousands of patients throughout the world during the last few decades.”

“I have 20 years of medical practice in general medicine, having spent the last 12 years as a hospice/palliative medicine physician. Providing care for terminally ill patients using prescription narcotics and other addicting traditional medications, which were often less effective with many side effects, caused me to consider alternative treatments, most notably cannabis-derived products. Now I have dedicated my medical practice to evaluations and ordering of medical marijuana products for patients suffering from qualifying conditions per Florida laws. The use of such products is based on credible medical studies that have been conducted on thousands of patients throughout the world during the last few decades.”

About the Chief Medical Officer

A native of South Carolina, Dr. Dorn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and Doctorates in Medicine and Dentistry from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has been a resident of Florida since 1994 and has been active in numerous medical missions to Central America for the last 20 years.

Since the passing of Florida’s Compassionate Care Act (Amendment 2) which legalized the use of medical marijuana as an alternative to traditional pain medications, Dr. Dorn has lead the way for the Florida Medical Marijuana doctor network to flourish and provide patients with natural, compassionate care.”

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Dr. Dorn in the Press

Medical marijuana seminar introduces new clinic in SCC
Observer News  /  Yvette C. Hammett  /  Mar. 20, 2018
“[Among my patients] the average age was 53 years old,” Dorn said. “They were suffering from a number of conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Some are HIV patients and a number of them are cancer patients. Most of them have been on opioids either recently or sometime in the past and are looking for a safer alternative and a more effective alternative.”

New Lakeland clinic devoted to medical marijuana treatment
The Ledger  /  Gary White  /  Oct. 6, 2017
Dorn said he worked as a hospice physician for 12 years before joining Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida. He said many of his hospice patients used marijuana on their own to relieve pain and other symptoms of terminal illnesses. The average age of patients at the company’s clinics is 53, Dorn said, and his oldest patient is 101.

Medical marijuana clinics multiply in Florida
Orlando Sentinel  /  Susan Jacobson  /  Aug. 5, 2017
“This is probably the most meaningful thing I’ve done in medicine because it helps people,” said Dorn, 64, who personally treats 2,000 medical-cannabis patients at clinics in The Villages, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

Medical marijuana clinic opens in Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Recorder  /  Jon Blauvelt  /  Feb. 2, 2017
“My approach is general improvement in the quality of life,” said Dorn. “It’s making people feel better. It’s not addictive, and it can’t kill anybody. It’s a different alternative.”

Medical marijuana amendment confuses patients: What to know as Amendment 2 goes into effect Tuesday
News 4 Jax  /  Scott Johnson, Joe Reedy  /  Jan. 2, 2017
Patients must be under the care of a licensed physician who has completed the required eight-hour course and examination for at least three months. Dorn, who is one of three approved physicians in Tallahassee, said he is nearly booked with appointments for the upcoming week.

Tallahassee doctor to open new local medical marijuana center
Tallahassee Democrat  /  Jeffrey Schweers  /  Nov. 23, 2016
“I saw a need where few physicians were interested in being qualified doctors to order this,” Dorn said. “I couldn’t perform that function while being medical director. I decided to go back to direct patient care, that’s my strong point.”

Tallahassee Opens Florida’s First Marijuana Dispensary
ABC 27  /  Stephen Jiwanmall  /  Jul. 21, 2016
“They’re not going to be for everyone, but I do feel like, in order to adequately treat some patients, that we need to kind of think outside the box,” Dorn said.

Medical marijuana seminar introduces new clinic in SCC
Observer News  /  Yvette C. Hammett  /  Mar. 20, 2018
“[Among my patients] the average age was 53 years old,” Dorn said. “They were suffering from a number of conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Some are HIV patients and a number of them are cancer patients. Most of them have been on opioids either recently or sometime in the past and are looking for a safer alternative and a more effective alternative.”

New Lakeland clinic devoted to medical marijuana treatment
The Ledger  /  Gary White  /  Oct. 6, 2017
Dorn said he worked as a hospice physician for 12 years before joining Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida. He said many of his hospice patients used marijuana on their own to relieve pain and other symptoms of terminal illnesses. The average age of patients at the company’s clinics is 53, Dorn said, and his oldest patient is 101.

Medical marijuana clinics multiply in Florida
Orlando Sentinel  /  Susan Jacobson  /  Aug. 5, 2017
“This is probably the most meaningful thing I’ve done in medicine because it helps people,” said Dorn, 64, who personally treats 2,000 medical-cannabis patients at clinics in The Villages, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

Medical marijuana clinic opens in Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Recorder  /  Jon Blauvelt  /  Feb. 2, 2017
“My approach is general improvement in the quality of life,” said Dorn. “It’s making people feel better. It’s not addictive, and it can’t kill anybody. It’s a different alternative.”

Medical marijuana amendment confuses patients: What to know as Amendment 2 goes into effect Tuesday
News 4 Jax  /  Scott Johnson, Joe Reedy  /  Jan. 2, 2017
Patients must be under the care of a licensed physician who has completed the required eight-hour course and examination for at least three months. Dorn, who is one of three approved physicians in Tallahassee, said he is nearly booked with appointments for the upcoming week.

Tallahassee doctor to open new local medical marijuana center
Tallahassee Democrat  /  Jeffrey Schweers  /  Nov. 23, 2016
“I saw a need where few physicians were interested in being qualified doctors to order this,” Dorn said. “I couldn’t perform that function while being medical director. I decided to go back to direct patient care, that’s my strong point.”

Tallahassee Opens Florida’s First Marijuana Dispensary
ABC 27  /  Stephen Jiwanmall  /  Jul. 21, 2016
“They’re not going to be for everyone, but I do feel like, in order to adequately treat some patients, that we need to kind of think outside the box,” Dorn said.

Medical marijuana seminar introduces new clinic in SCC
Observer News  /  Yvette C. Hammett  /  Mar. 20, 2018
“[Among my patients] the average age was 53 years old,” Dorn said. “They were suffering from a number of conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Some are HIV patients and a number of them are cancer patients. Most of them have been on opioids either recently or sometime in the past and are looking for a safer alternative and a more effective alternative.”

New Lakeland clinic devoted to medical marijuana treatment
The Ledger  /  Gary White  /  Oct. 6, 2017
Dorn said he worked as a hospice physician for 12 years before joining Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida. He said many of his hospice patients used marijuana on their own to relieve pain and other symptoms of terminal illnesses. The average age of patients at the company’s clinics is 53, Dorn said, and his oldest patient is 101.

Medical marijuana clinics multiply in Florida
Orlando Sentinel  /  Susan Jacobson  /  Aug. 5, 2017
“This is probably the most meaningful thing I’ve done in medicine because it helps people,” said Dorn, 64, who personally treats 2,000 medical-cannabis patients at clinics in The Villages, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

Medical marijuana clinic opens in Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Recorder  /  Jon Blauvelt  /  Feb. 2, 2017
“My approach is general improvement in the quality of life,” said Dorn. “It’s making people feel better. It’s not addictive, and it can’t kill anybody. It’s a different alternative.”

Medical marijuana amendment confuses patients: What to know as Amendment 2 goes into effect Tuesday
News 4 Jax  /  Scott Johnson, Joe Reedy  /  Jan. 2, 2017
Patients must be under the care of a licensed physician who has completed the required eight-hour course and examination for at least three months. Dorn, who is one of three approved physicians in Tallahassee, said he is nearly booked with appointments for the upcoming week.

Tallahassee doctor to open new local medical marijuana center
Tallahassee Democrat  /  Jeffrey Schweers  /  Nov. 23, 2016
“I saw a need where few physicians were interested in being qualified doctors to order this,” Dorn said. “I couldn’t perform that function while being medical director. I decided to go back to direct patient care, that’s my strong point.”

Tallahassee Opens Florida’s First Marijuana Dispensary
ABC 27  /  Stephen Jiwanmall  /  Jul. 21, 2016
“They’re not going to be for everyone, but I do feel like, in order to adequately treat some patients, that we need to kind of think outside the box,” Dorn said.

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Tallahassee Patient Testimonials

Barbara, 74 Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Barbara, 74
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 6 months on medical cannabis
– Parkinson’s, chronic pain, debilitating tremor
– Previously treated with opioids, epilepsy medication, physical therapy

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Excerpt: “I have Parkinson’s, chronic pain, and a tremor which runs in our family. It affects my voice, my jaw, my hands, my head. And in the past I’ve tried medications. I could have drunk alcohol heavily, that usually helps, but that wasn’t an option for me for obvious reasons. And I also have pretty bad back, which continued to get worse from being a nurse. It got to the point where the tremor prevented me from drawing blood, drawing up medications, feeding myself without embarrassment, and so forth and so on…”

Russ, 39, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Russ, 39
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 4 months on medical cannabis
– PTSD, severe physical trauma to back
– Previously treated with mood stabilizers

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Excerpt: “I took 9-10 pills in the morning and another handful like that every night. Since I’ve come here, I don’t take any of those pills in the morning. I do take some nighttime pills, but I don’t take mood stabilizers like I had to. I’ve been treated with medical cannabis four months, and it has made a huge change.

I came to Dr. Dorn, and it seemed like I already had known him. I think the the best thing is, if I had any questions at all, he would answer them…”

Emily, 32, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Emily, 32
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 6 months on medical cannabis
– Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, shrinking lung syndrome
– Previously treated with opioids, benzodiazepines

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Excerpt: “With the medical cannabis and coming off of all the narcotics and opioids, I’m able to function as more so myself these days. My pulmonary function tests have changed drastically. My diffusion capacity went from 0.14% to about 85% within the last year, so we’re hoping to get me back to work within the next year depending on how this process goes…”

Greg, 37, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Greg, 37
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 14 months on medical cannabis
– PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), sleeping problems

I’m still working out some various formularies but I’ve been able to eliminate two medications so I can sleep at night. Still trying to get the day medications tossed out. Overall, medical marijuana has been a blessing because it’s helping me to eliminate poisonous drugs that are pushed on us without a full explanation of the side effects and adverse health consequences of taking them in the long term.

 

Florida Medical Marijuana FAQ

Where can I get Medical Marijuana in Tallahassee? 
Once you receive your registry ID card in the mail or temporary ID card via email from the state, contact the local dispensary of your choice to pick up your medication or arrange delivery.

What’s the difference between medical cannabis and low-THC cannabis? 
Low-THC cannabis is a cannabis plant, the dried flowers of which contain 0.8 percent or less of THC and more than 10 percent of CBD weight for weight. This is the type of plant used for the production of products to be dispensed from a licensed medical marijuana treatment center. [x]

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Tallahassee, Florida?
Patients must be entered into the Registry by a qualified physician to receive a card. Applications may then be submitted online through the Medical Marijuana Use Registry website or mailed to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, along with a $75 registration fee. The Department accepts applications from patients and legal representatives. [x]

How do I renew my medical marijuana card in Florida? 
To maintain an active Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification card, a patient and/or legal representative must annually submit a renewal application, along with the application fee and any required accompanying documents to the department forty-five (45) days prior to the card expiration date. The application can be found here.

How much cannabis can a medical marijuana doctor order for each patient in Florida? 
A physician may not issue a physician certification for more than three 70-day supply limits of marijuana. [x]

Can I travel with Medical Marijuana in Florida? 
Medical marijuana is legal throughout the state of Florida but remains federally illegal, so medical marijuana product may NOT be transported across state lines.

What conditions qualify for Medical Marijuana in Tallahassee? 
The Florida Department of Health, physicians, dispensing organizations, and patients are bound by Article X Section 29 of the Florida Constitution. Medical marijuana may be recommended for a “Debilitating Medical Condition,” which in this case means cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. You can view an expanded list of conditions which often qualify for cannabis-based treatment here.

What do I need to bring to my appointment? 
MMTC providers request that you bring supporting documentation with your diagnosis or prior treatment to the clinic at the time of your initial appointment. In addition, please bring identification or proof of Florida residency. if you have questions about which documents to bring with you, give us a call at 850-906-5000.

Do I need the Registry ID card first? 
No. In fact, a medical cannabis provider such as those at our clinics must qualify you and complete an assessment before you can be assigned a patient ID number, which you need in order to apply for the card through the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

Do you take my insurance? 
Unfortunately, medical cannabis is still federally illegal, therefore no insurance company has elected to cover cannabis-related treatments.

Is my medical information secure? 
We take all necessary measures to be 100% HIPAA compliant. Any personal health information you provide is completely safe and secure.