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What is Amendment 2?

When it comes to the marijuana laws in Florida, there is a lot of confusion. You may have heard of Amendment 2, but that does not mean you clearly understand it because it is rather perplexing to pretty much everyone. According to the Orlando Weekly, Amendment 2, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was passed in 2016, and created to legalize medical marijuana in the state. As simple as that sounds, this law created many questions.

The bill was designed to help specific patients who may benefit from the use of medical marijuana, such as those with seizures. ALS, AIDS and cancer. Its main purpose was to legalize full-strength marijuana for medical use. However, it also placed the Department of Health in charge of deciding who qualifies, not doctors. 

There was some confusion on whether this amendment changed marijuana laws for recreational use. It does not. It also does not give full access to marijuana for medical use. Only those conditions listed in the bill are likely to qualify, and if you are such a patient, you will have to buy your marijuana from a legal supplier. You cannot grow your own plants or ingest the drug through smoking. 

As you can see, there are many different details in this bill that make it tricky. While you may be able to qualify for medical marijuana, you may have to jump through hopes to actually get and use the drug. In any case, it is important to pay attention to the restrictions in the law to ensure you are compliant. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 


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