Understanding Florida Marijuana Laws

Understanding the New Florida Marijuana Laws

As Amendment 2 passed last year, Florida’s marijuana laws have remained in flux as lawmakers have begun trying to determine what the rules should be for growing, cultivating and delivering the product should be.

Many of the municipalities have begun to pass their own specific laws and ordinances regarding the legality of marijuana in Florida.

Amendment 2 was designed to expand the number of medical marijuana patients that would be able to access marijuana.

As of 2014, legislators in Florida passed measures that offer cannabidiol but not tetrahydrocannabinol (which is the chemical that makes you high).

Strains such as “Charlotte’s Web” which was designed to help patients who struggle with seizures due to epilepsy and other specific disorders have been allowed as they will relieve the seizures and help to reduce their incidence.

More legislation has expanded the law to allow medical marijuana for those patients who are terminally ill regardless of the levels of THC.

These laws took effect in 2016.

In November’s election, Florida will again tackle more in regards to whether or not full-strength medical marijuana should be allowed and under what specific debilitating circumstances.

Current plans are to allow medical marijuana for the following conditions: PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, Aids, HIV, Glaucoma, Cancer, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and any other debilitating conditions that may require pain relief.

In short, if a doctor determines that the use of medical marijuana will benefit the patient and that the side effects are much less likely to be of concern, they will allow it. According to advocates, individual doctors can determine if the patient would be helped by medical marijuana or not.

So, under the new laws, who qualifies for medical marijuana? Those who are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions would qualify. As well as anyone that the doctors determined would benefit from medical marijuana over other potential side effect causing pharmaceuticals.

However, it’s worthy of note that few would qualify outside of the aforementioned conditions unless a doctor specifically determined that it would be in the patient’s best interest.

It’s also important to note that patients who are under the influence can still be cited, detained and even arrested for driving while under the influence and that they will still be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law should they choose to use and drive.

Nor can patients simply buy their supply on the streets. There are only 7 nurseries across Florida that will be allowed to a partnership with the companies and able to deliver the product. Florida marijuana laws are also just as complicated when it comes to nurseries and growers.

Dispensaries will be opening across the state that work in conjunction with the nurseries. Also, under no circumstances can patients smoke the product. Only the edible forms are allowed.

Medical marijuana can only be purchased in the dispensaries and then, only to those patients who have a legal medical marijuana card from their physician.

Currently, the only dispensary that is open is in Florida is Knox Medical, which is located at 1901 N. Orange Avenue and situated next to White Wolf Cafe.

Other dispensaries will be opening shortly and if you’re truly in need, you can also order and have it delivered if you’re in the local delivery area for Knox Medical. While patients await further developments, lawmakers are busy trying to identify the potential pros and cons of the entire situation.

Many find that the more research that they do, the more research is needed. While all of this is pending, patients are counting down the days and the hours until they are able to legally purchase their medicaion to find relief from chronic pain and seizures.

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