Peter Candelora, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and founder of Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, a comprehensive medical practice that treats orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. If you live in a state where marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes, you may not need a doctor’s prescription to buy it. In Florida, however, it’s only legal to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, so you must obtain a prescription to buy it legally. One of the most common conditions Dr. Candelora sees in the clinic is chronic joint pain. When he sees patients with chronic joint pain, he has a conversation with them about the risks and benefits of medical marijuana.