“In general, I believe that it is our mission to empower people (patients) to care for themselves and become their own physicians as far as possible. So, I am excited to be back in cannabis medicine and able to share my experience with new patients!

“In general, I believe that it is our mission to empower people (patients) to care for themselves and become their own physicians as far as possible. So, I am excited to be back in cannabis medicine and able to share my experience with new patients!

“In general, I believe that it is our mission to empower people (patients) to care for themselves and become their own physicians as far as possible. So, I am excited to be back in cannabis medicine and able to share my experience with new patients!

About Dr. Robert Dotson

Dr. Robert Dotson has more than 40 years of experience in medical device research and development, and more than 30 years experience in research and clinical use of ophthalmic laser systems.A former Major in the Army Reserves, he has had an interest in alternative and integrative medicine solutions to healing and prevention and continues to study this area and work within it.

Dr. Dotson stumbled into medical cannabis in 2012. He and his wife were traveling in India and she was suffering from chronic pain due to injuries and auto-immune issues. When they returned to Washington State, Dr. Dotson decided to find out more about medical marijuana by taking courses around the country and reading books on the subject. Additionally, he began working in cannabis clinics in the Seattle area. Now in Florida, he aims to use his expertise to help patients find the relief they seek.  He currently practices from our Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic.

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Publications by Dr. Dotson 

  1. Wood, T.O., Fleming, J.C. and Dotson, R.S.:  Treatment of Reis-Buckler’s corneal dystrophy, Amer. J. Ophthalmol. 85:3, 360-362, 1978.
  2. Dotson, R.S.:  A pneumatics intraocular irrigation/aspiration device, Amer. Intra-Ocular Impl. Soc. J., 6:1, 56-57, 1980.
  3. Dotson, R.S.: Mechanical considerations of intracapsular cataract surgery, Amer. Intra-Ocular Impl. Soc. J., 7:1, 372-374, 1981.
  4. Galin, M.A., Tuberville, A.W. and Dotson, R.S.:  International Ophthalmology Clinics.  “Immunologic Aspects of Intraocular Lenses,” Little Brown and Co., Boston, 1981, 227-234.
  5. Galin, M.A. and Dotson, R.S.:  Biomaterials in Reconstructive Surgery.  “Biomaterials in Ophthalmology,” C.V. Mosby Co., Publ., Dr. L. Rubin, Ed., St. Louis, 1981, 968-979.
  6. Galin, M.A., Dotson, R.S., Obstbaum, S.A. and Tuberville, A.W.:  The long-term effects of an iris-supported lens on the endothelium, Trans. Ophthalm. Soc. U.K., 102:3, 410-412, 1982.
  7. Dotson, R.S.:  In-office applications for low-cost closed-circuit video camera systems, cul. Surg. News, 6:14, 30-32, 1988.
  8. Merry, G., Devenyi, R., Dotson, R., Markowitz, S. and Reyes, S.: Photobiomodulation – a novel treatment for dry Age-related Macular Degeneration. Results of the Toronto and Oak Ridge Photobimodulation (PBM) study in dry AMD (TORPA), Photomed. Laser Surg., WALT Proceedings, 2013.
  9. Merry, G.,  Dotson, R: Photobiomodulation for the clinical treatment of age-related macular degeneration, Chapter 43. Handbook of low-level laser therapy, edited by Hamblin, Pires de Sousa, Agrawal. 2016.
  10. Merry, G.F., Munk M.R., Dotson, R.S., Walker M.G., Devenyi, R.G. Photobiomodulation reduces drusen volume and improves visual acuity and contrast sensitivity in dry age-related macular degeneration. Acta Ophthalmologica. Published online, 18 December 2016.  

Wood, T.O., Fleming, J.C. and Dotson, R.S.: Treatment of Reis-Buckler’s corneal dystrophy, Amer. J. Ophthalmol. 85:3, 360-362, 1978.Dotson, R.S.: A pneumatics intraocular irrigation/aspiration device, Amer. Intra-Ocular Impl. Soc. J., 6:1, 56-57, 1980.

Dotson, R.S.: Mechanical considerations of intracapsular cataract surgery, Amer. Intra-Ocular Impl. Soc. J., 7:1, 372-374, 1981.

Galin, M.A., Tuberville, A.W. and Dotson, R.S.: International Ophthalmology Clinics. “Immunologic Aspects of Intraocular Lenses,” Little Brown and Co., Boston, 1981, 227-234.

Galin, M.A. and Dotson, R.S.: Biomaterials in Reconstructive Surgery. “Biomaterials in Ophthalmology,” C.V. Mosby Co., Publ., Dr. L. Rubin, Ed., St. Louis, 1981, 968-979.

Galin, M.A., Dotson, R.S., Obstbaum, S.A. and Tuberville, A.W.: The long-term effects of an iris-supported lens on the endothelium, Trans. Ophthalm. Soc. U.K., 102:3, 410-412, 1982.

Dotson, R.S.: In-office applications for low-cost closed-circuit video camera systems, cul. Surg. News, 6:14, 30-32, 1988.

Merry, G., Devenyi, R., Dotson, R., Markowitz, S. and Reyes, S.: Photobiomodulation – a novel treatment for dry Age-related Macular Degeneration. Results of the Toronto and Oak Ridge Photobimodulation (PBM) study in dry AMD (TORPA), Photomed. Laser Surg., WALT Proceedings, 2013.

Merry, G., Dotson, R: Photobiomodulation for the clinical treatment of age-related macular degeneration, Chapter 43. Handbook of low-level laser therapy, edited by Hamblin, Pires de Sousa, Agrawal. 2016.

Merry, G.F., Munk M.R., Dotson, R.S., Walker M.G., Devenyi, R.G. Photobiomodulation reduces drusen volume and improves visual acuity and contrast sensitivity in dry age-related macular degeneration. Acta Ophthalmologica. Published online, 18 December 2016.

Wood, T.O., Fleming, J.C. and Dotson, R.S.: Treatment of Reis-Buckler’s corneal dystrophy, Amer. J. Ophthalmol. 85:3, 360-362, 1978.Dotson, R.S.: A pneumatics intraocular irrigation/aspiration device, Amer. Intra-Ocular Impl. Soc. J., 6:1, 56-57, 1980.

Dotson, R.S.: Mechanical considerations of intracapsular cataract surgery, Amer. Intra-Ocular Impl. Soc. J., 7:1, 372-374, 1981.

Galin, M.A., Tuberville, A.W. and Dotson, R.S.: International Ophthalmology Clinics. “Immunologic Aspects of Intraocular Lenses,” Little Brown and Co., Boston, 1981, 227-234.

Galin, M.A. and Dotson, R.S.: Biomaterials in Reconstructive Surgery. “Biomaterials in Ophthalmology,” C.V. Mosby Co., Publ., Dr. L. Rubin, Ed., St. Louis, 1981, 968-979.

Galin, M.A., Dotson, R.S., Obstbaum, S.A. and Tuberville, A.W.: The long-term effects of an iris-supported lens on the endothelium, Trans. Ophthalm. Soc. U.K., 102:3, 410-412, 1982.

Dotson, R.S.: In-office applications for low-cost closed-circuit video camera systems, cul. Surg. News, 6:14, 30-32, 1988.

Merry, G., Devenyi, R., Dotson, R., Markowitz, S. and Reyes, S.: Photobiomodulation – a novel treatment for dry Age-related Macular Degeneration. Results of the Toronto and Oak Ridge Photobimodulation (PBM) study in dry AMD (TORPA), Photomed. Laser Surg., WALT Proceedings, 2013.

Merry, G., Dotson, R: Photobiomodulation for the clinical treatment of age-related macular degeneration, Chapter 43. Handbook of low-level laser therapy, edited by Hamblin, Pires de Sousa, Agrawal. 2016.

Merry, G.F., Munk M.R., Dotson, R.S., Walker M.G., Devenyi, R.G. Photobiomodulation reduces drusen volume and improves visual acuity and contrast sensitivity in dry age-related macular degeneration. Acta Ophthalmologica. Published online, 18 December 2016.

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This clinic is located beside Miccosukee Commons. It is a red brick building in Leon County, Tallahassee, near Gadsen and Jefferson counties, and Capitol Hill.

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Discounts on Tallahassee Clinic Services

Patient Transfer Discount

Patient Transfer Pricing

$49 initial assessment for transferring patients

  • Unsatisfied with your current provider? MMTC wants to help you out.
  • $49 initial assessment for patients who already have a registry Florida ID card and are looking to switch medical cannabis doctors.
  • Applies only to select MMTC clinic locations. This discount is available year-round.

Veteran Discount

Veterans Discount

10% discount

  • MMTC offers a 10% discount to veterans on all clinic services.
  • Applies to all MMTC clinic locations. This discount is available year-round.

Tallahassee Medical Marijuana Events

Tallahassee Patient Testimonials

TS, 57, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

TS, 57
Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

– 3 months on medical cannabis
– Degenerative Disc Disorder‎

Since beginning Medical Marijuana my life has improved so very much! It has lessened my pain and my anxiety/panic attacks have virtually disappeared! Also, it used to take me 2-3 hours at night to fall asleep because my mind would just be on overload… now I can take a couple of hits with my vapor pen and actually RELAX enough to fall asleep within 30-45 minutes… BIG CHANGE for me in that area! I take a very LOW dose with only 1% THC..it took a couple of tries to get my “cocktail” right as I absolutely HATED that paranoia feeling but with the low dose of the THC I would recommend MM to anyone with severe pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, nausea, you name it, it HELPS. If you can relax your body and mind that helps a tremendous amount with virtually anything that impairs your life. Dr. Dorn is a very caring and personable man… you are not just another person on paper to him. He genuinely cares about his patients and his office staff are quick and efficient. No matter how you feel about “pot” the Medical Marijuana is not a “high” it helps with everything!

HCB, 65, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

HCB, 65
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor 

– 12 months on medical cannabis
– Severe and Chronic Pain

Medical marijuana gave me my life back. I developed neurological atypical facial pain in September 2016. Two neurologists had no idea what was wrong with me, but a third diagnosed my condition. My excruciating pain is bilateral and moves all over my face. No medication that the neurologist has prescribed has helped and has only given me severe side effects. I decided to try medical marijuana. Dr. Dorn was kind, helpful, understanding, and sympathetic. I didn’t expect to get any relief, but I was astounded that only a small dosage took the pain away for 2 to 8 hours or more. I can make plans again, work again, enjoy life again, all because of medical marijuana. It saved my life.

Joy, 54, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Joy, 54
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 8 months on medical cannabis
– Cancer
– Previously treated with chemotherapy, a nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication

I have stage 4 breast cancer and receive monthly chemotherapy to keep it stable. I used medical cannabis oils as an “alternative” additional therapy to [cytotoxic chemotherapy medications] and to feel better. My Oncologist is aware of it and doesn’t discourage me.

I use the Indica 9lb hammer strain to help me sleep post-chemotherapy because the steroids given to me as part of the IV drip make it very hard to sleep for several days. The Indica strain is perfect for helping me to sleep through the night. I tried [a nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication], but did not like it. I also ingest a rice grain size dose of the Sativa oils for more energy and to help me with general body aches and pains which are a harsh side effect of the chemotherapy. On my bad days, the oils and the vaping help with my pain, nausea, and appetite.

I am miserable after my roughly once a week chemotherapy. The medicinal cannabis helps me feel better than I would feel without it. I am also hoping that the cannabis helps kill more cancer cells in conjunction with [cytotoxic chemotherapy medications]. I have read so many testimonials on cancer sites that folks are having similar positive experiences with cannabis.

I truly believe it should be recreationally legal as well. I don’t see cannabis as a “party drug” at all anymore. Cannabis relaxes you and calms you down if you are anxious, or at least that is what I experience with using it.

I am still working full time as a Fiscal Manager and using cannabis has not affected my ability to work as a professional. I only use the tincture drops mid-day as part of my alternative cancer-fighting protocol. The tincture I use does not create a euphoric effect in any way. I am at home when using cannabis most of the time and I am definitely smart enough not to drive “baked” as the FHP PSAs warn about. Dr. Dorn and his staff have been wonderful to me and I am very satisfied with MMTC’s Tallahassee location.

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.