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Florida’s medical marijuana law

Florida is just one of many states across the nation to pass medical marijuana laws. While recreational use is still in the air in most states, medical use of the plant has seen great support from voters and those in government. In June 2017, an amendment was signed into law by the governor making medical marijuana more widely available to citizens, as reported by U.S. News & World Report.

The new law increased the legality of medical marijuana use to include more patients with chronic health conditions. Previously, those with cancer, epilepsy, chronic muscle spasms and terminal conditions could legally buy and use medical marijuana that was low in THC. With the signing of the amendment, those with glaucoma, HIV, PTSD, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease may now be legal users. Other similar medical conditions were also included in the amendment. Patients must get a prescription from their doctors, but the order can be valid for three 70-day orders. The amendment also allows for 10 additional medical marijuana treatment centers.

According to Marijuana Policy Project, the Department of Health is in charge of issuing the licenses for the medical marijuana facilities, along with issuing the required identification cards to patients. The Office of Medical Cannabis Use is the exact agency handling all the related regulations. It also is working on creating regulations and will eventually accept license applications from facilities.

Like many states, once changes are made regarding the use and availability of medical marijuana, it can take time to roll out the new regulations. However, October 2017 is expected to be the point when the new regulations will be fully in place and enforced.


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