I live in Florida.Yes, you have to get a dr who then sends a prescription to the state. It you go to https://mmuregistry.flhealth.gov you can find out exactly how it works. The Dr. that I use is at bernardcannabiscenter.com. I was just taking various pain meds. They did not help much. So far I am not getting that much help from weed but I am increasing the dose very slowly. Hope this helps.