Medical Marijuana And Florida Going Through More Ups And Downs

Posted: May 15 2017, 11:41am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Medical Marijuana and Florida going through more ups and downs
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The journey toward the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Florida has been a rocky one. Here's the latest in the long saga.

The journey toward the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Florida has been a rocky one. Initially, the law only allowed for the use of low-THC, high-CBD marijuana strains for terminally ill patients.

The state-wide vote in November of 2016 expanded that law to include more diagnoses and allow those patients to utilize more forms of medical cannabis. In spite of the successful November vote, however, Florida legislators are still struggling with the program’s implementation.

Stuck in Legislation

Florida legislators were in session early in May trying to figure out how best to implement the medical marijuana program that was voted for in November. Unfortunately, in spite of 72% of voters approving of the original amendment, the politicians couldn’t decide how to proceed and ended their legislative session without a decision.

These legislators were trying to decide on a bill that would limit the number of dispensaries in the state of Florida to 100, as well as the types of marijuana that would be available for sale.

Instead of making a decision, the legislators passed the buck to the state’s Department of Health, who now has until July to write the guidelines that the state will use to implement the medical marijuana program.

Benefits and Qualifying Conditions

The medical aspects of marijuana are still being studied, but there are hundreds of anecdotal reports showing the personal benefits people have experienced when utilizing medical marijuana in its many forms.

In Florida, individuals with cancer, epilepsy/seizures, HIV/AIDS and muscle spasms can utilize medical marijuana. The state also allows medical professionals to recommend medical marijuana use for anyone who has a severe condition where the medical benefit would outweigh any possible health risks.

There Is Still Hope

Just because the politicians can’t figure out how to work the medical marijuana programs doesn’t mean that the rest of the state is dragging their feet. Medical professionals who support the use of medical cannabis are still offering recommendations to their patients, and individuals interested in receiving a medical marijuana recommendation can go online to see if they qualify.

Some sellers are even finding loopholes in the law that allows them to provide necessary cannabis products to their clients. One of the biggest arguments preventing the state’s medical marijuana program from getting off the ground is that legislators do not want to allow smokable marijuana. In spite of these objections, one of the seven licensed vendors in the state is selling whole-fruit buds instead of powered marijuana. Both the whole fruit and powdered versions are designed to be used in a vaporizer instead of being smoked, but the whole buds can be smoked as well.

News outlets keep reporting Florida’s medical marijuana program as dead in the water, but there are still plenty of people who support the amendment they voted for. Time will tell how this actually plays out, but don’t give up hope yet — as long as there are people who are willing to fight for that they need, there is always hope.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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